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Melba Stevens Hall diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9542

Scope and Contents

Diary kept by Melba Stevens Hall during her service as a missionary in the Mexican Mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, dated June 24, 1925 to August 11, 1927. At the time the Mexican Mission covered areas of Texas and Mexico. The diary includes a black and white family photograph.


  • 1925-1927


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 the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Melba Stevens Hall was born on September 23, 1904, in Holden, Utah, to Emma Maud Robins Stevens and Edward Franklin Stevens. She served in the Mexican Mission under President Rey L. Pratt from June 1925 to September 1927, where she learned to speak and proselyte in Spanish. Melba married Reed LeRoy Hall in the Salt Lake City Temple on March 7, 1928. They had two sons. The family lived in Idaho Falls, Buhl, and Aberdeen, Idaho, and later Compton and Whittier, California, where Melba served as Relief Society President of the Compton Ward and on the Stake Relief Society Board in Long Beach and Whittier. Melba passed away on March 11, 1999, Provo, Utah.


1 volume (200 pages) ; 23 cm

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Custodial History

Inherited by Reed S. Hall from Melba Stevens Hall. Donated by Reed S. Hal February 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Reed S. Hall; February 2022.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Syndey Gee; 2023 April.

Register of Melba Stevens Hall diary
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 April 18
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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