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Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr family history collection

Identifier: MSS 9189

Scope and Contents

Includes letters, scrapbooks, photographs, artifacts, and printed ephemera related to the Kimball and Geisler families and their histories, collected by Ruth G. Snarr. Letters include mission correspondence, family events, and career-related papers. The photographs and scrapbooks, which document the range of the collection (late 1800s to 2020), show portraits of family members, the places which they lived (Salt Lake City area) and important events, like marriage and funerals. The collection also includes Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr's papers and journals, and the papers of Lloyd Dee Snarr, Virginia Kimball Geisler, Patricia Marian Geisler, Heber Chase Kimball, Pearl Smith Kimball, and ancestors Julius Geisler, Maggie Geisler, and Joseph Geisler. Locations of materials Utah, to include Utah (mainly Salt Lake City area), Los Angeles, California, Hawaii, and Denmark. Materials dated approximately 1865 to 2020.


  • approximately 1865-2020


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Ruth G. Snarr was born Virginia Ruth Geisler on July 31, 1943 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph T. Geisler and Virginia Kimball. She married Wade Robinson, whom she later divorced, and then remarried in the Salt Lake City temple to Lloyd Dee Snarr. Ruth worked for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for 21 years in Salt Lake City, Utah. She also served in various Relief Society presidencies. She enjoyed singing and also served on various community committees. She was raised in Salt Lake City, but she also lived in Newfoundland, Riverside, California, Hawaii and St. George, Utah.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)

7 cartons (4.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.07 linear ft.)

5 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

1 object (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in six series: 1. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr collection of Kimball family history, approximately 1865-2001. 2. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr collection of Geisler family history, approximately 1888-1978. 3. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr papers, 1978-2020. 4. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr collection of Lloyd Dee Snarr papers, 1944-2005. 5. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr collection of Virginia Kimball Geisler papers, 1920s-2017. 6. Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr collection of Patricia Marian Geisler papers, 1947-2014.

Custodial History

Donated by Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr, sister of Patricia M. Geisler, in August 2018 and August 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Virgina Ruth Geisler Snarr; August 29, 2018, and August 2021.


20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana (Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history, II,B,5,VI, 2016)

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Jaymon Roan and Karen Glenn; April 2022. Addendum added and series list edited.

  • Check stubs, hospital bills, retirement statements, bank statements.
Register of Virginia Ruth Geisler Snarr family history collection
In Progress
Meghan Hoesch
2019 May 7
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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