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Brent Ashworth collection

Identifier: MSS SC 1086

Scope and Contents

Miscellaneous assortment of photocopies of manuscripts related to the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Illinois and Utah, including financial and legal documents, letters, notes, and other documents. Materials dated 1830-1956, with the bulk dated from 1837 to 1892.


  • 1830-1956
  • Majority of material found within 1837-1892


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

Brent Ferrin Ashworth was born January 8, 1949, in Albany, California, to Dell Sheperd and Bette Jean Brailsford Ashworth. He grew up in Provo, Utah and graduated from Brigham Young High School as student body president in 1966-1967. He graduated cum laude from Brigham Young University in 1967, with a BA in history and political science in 1972. He served in the United States Army Reserves, and was called to active duty at Ft. Ord, California in 1969. He met Charlene Mills at Brigham Young University and they were married on December 16, 1970, in the Salt Lake Temple. They have nine children.

Ashworth received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah College of Law in 1975. He served in Price, Utah as Assistant Carbon County Attorney from 1975 to 1976, and briefly practiced law with the firm of Frandsen & Keller from 1976 to 1977. He served as Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary for Nature's Sunshine Products, Provo, Utah from 1977 to 2003, was Vice President and General Counsel of Neways International, Springville, Utah from 2003 to 2004, and has been a legal consultant for Shaklee Corporation in Pleasanton, California, and to several other Utah corporations and clients. In 2006, he started B. Ashworths, Inc., a Provo business dealing in rare documents, books, art and collectibles. Ashworth founded the George E. Freestone Boy Scout Museum in Provo, Utah, in 2000. He was honored in February 2013 by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints for his additions to the archives over the years, amounting to almost 9,000 documents. As of 2013, Ashworth was working for the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


5 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)

Related Materials

See also the Brent Ashworth collection of pioneer photography (MSS 8157) and the Bette B. Ashworth memorial collection (MSS 3280)

Processing Information

Processed; Isabella Titus, 2024.

Register of Brent Ashworth collection
In Progress
Isabella Titus
2024 March 27
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