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William Thomas Ogden missionary diaries and photographs

Identifier: MSS 8999

Scope and Contents

Materials include five diaries and one autograph book from Ogden's mission to the Samoan Islands. Also includes three oversize mounted photographs, a cabinet card portrait of Ogden, and several loose photographs of people and places where Ogden served in Samoa. Dated 1898-1901.


  • 1898-1901


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 William Thomas Ogden missionary diaries and photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

William Thomas Ogden (1873-1948) was a Mormon missionary in Samoa and merchant in Richfield, Utah.

William Thomas Ogden was born December 14, 1873, in Richfield, Utah, to Thomas Ogden and Ann Marsh. In 1898, William was called to serve as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Samoan Islands. He served there until 1901. On April 3, 1902, William married Elizabeth Ann Baker in the Salt Lake Temple, and they had eight children together.

William and Elizabeth raised their family in Richfield, Utah, where William was a merchant. In 1941, Elizabeth passed away. William remarried in 1943 to Sophia Baker.

William Thomas Ogden died on January 24, 1948, in Richfield, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. William Thomas Ogden missionary diaries, 1898-1901. 2. William Thomas Ogden missionary photographs, 1898-1901.

Custodial History

Donated by Jeffery Ogden Johnson, grandson of William Thomas Ogden, in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jeffery Ogden Johnson; March 2017.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2017.

Register of William Thomas Ogden missionary diaries and photographs
Ryan K. Lee
2017 June 20
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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