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Kermit H. Smith papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8917

Scope and Contents

Contains materials related to the life of Kermit H. Smith, including a copy of his family's history (written in 2014), and materials from his 1949-1952 mission to Argentina. Includes letters, photographs, and other documents. Materials dated approximately 1949-1952 and 2014.


  • approximately 1949-1952
  • 2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Kermit H. Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Kermit H. Smith (1926-2007) was an early missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Argentina and an educator at California State University, Sacramento.

Kermit H. Smith was born in Fruita, Colorado on September 5, 1926 to Mary Abigail Hancock and Randolph Edwin Smith. During World War II in 1944 he joined the United States Navy, but the war ended before his training was complete. He went on to serve a mission from 1949-1952 in Argentina. Throughout his life he would make many visits to Central America and Spain.

On August 26, 1952 Kermit H. Smith married Dixie L. Almond, and the couple had eight children. He received his bachelor's and master's degrees from Brigham Young University and a PhD from UCLA in 1963. He served for twenty-eight years at California State University in Sacramento as a teacher and chairman. During his career he founded the 3-Summer MA program in Spain, Peru, and Mexico.

Kermit H. Smith died on January 31, 2007 in Wilton, California.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Dixie L. Smith, wife of Kermit H. Smith, to son-in-law Tom Wells. Tom Wells tranferred collection to John Murphy in September 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dixie L. Smith; September 2016.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Natalie Kokol; 2016.

Register of Kermit H. Smith papers
Natalie Kokol
2016 October 13
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States