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.
- Secord, Josephine Rigdon, 1876-1974 (Person)
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.
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.
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
- 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.