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Josephine Rigdon Secord letters

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6205

Scope and Contents note

The collection is a series of correspondence that occurred between 1965-1972 from Josephine Rigdon Secord to Arlene Hess. Arlene was researching Sidney Rigdon to help produce a publication in celebration of Friendship's Sesquicentennial and had asked Josephine (known as Jessie) to contribute any information she had concerning her grandfather. The correspondence shifted from the reluctance of Jessie to give out information to a warm friendship between the two women. Jessie opened up to Arlene about some of her personal impressions of Sidney Rigdon. Jessie continued to be somewhat reluctant to disclose information concerning her family and past but would occassionally disclose information in her letters. The first folder is the photocopied correspondence and the second folder is a bound collection of Jessie's typed letters with some related miscellaneous items compiled by Heather Kissinger Sorensen.


  • 1965-1972


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Josephine Rigdon Secord letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Josephine Rigdon Secord was born 22 August 1876 to Sophia Cole and John Wicliffe Rigdon in Cuba, New York. She was the granddaughter of Sidney Rigdon. She grew up in New York, spent some time in Utah and died February 1974 in Florida.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)




The collection consists of two folders, the first containing the photocopied correspondence from Josephine Rigdon Secord (granddaughter of Sidney Rigdon) to Arlene Hess between the years 1965-1972. The second is a bound compilation including an introduction to all of the letters typed and a few other miscellaneous items. Josephine conveys her feelings on Sidney Rigdon, John Wickliffe Rigdon (her father), the Mormon church, and other matters.

Custodial History note

Donated by Arlene Hess in 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Arlene Hess; 1994.

Appraisal note

1Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because it concerns Mormon history in the United States.

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Register of Josephine Rigdon Secord letters
Katie Connors; student processor, and John Murphy, curator
14 July 2008
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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