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Elizabeth Souter papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2037

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains letters, mission journals, diaries, and scrapbooks created and assembled by Souter. Includes information on her missionary service in England and the Midwest, as well as daily activities in Utah. Also contained in the collection are a club book, daily appointments book, and a book of autographs. Materials date from approximately 1905 to 1973.


  • approximately 1905-1973


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 the Elizabeth Souter papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Elizabeth Souter (1889-1976) was an English American missionary and philanthropist in Utah.

Elizabeth Souter was born April 10, 1889 in Liverpool, England. She served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1923 to 1925 in the Northern States Mission. In 1937 Elizabeth served as president of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association (YWMIA) of the Utah Stake, which comprised of Provo and Orem areas. In 1948 Elizabeth was called to serve as a missionary in the British Mission. She traveled to and from the United States to England many times throughout her life. She was involved with philanthropic work in Provo, Utah, and with a variety of clubs and organizations involving women's issues. She also provided activities and programs for the youth of Utah County. She passed away on February 19, 1976 in Provo, Utah.


7 boxes (3.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Elizabeth Souter papers contain letters, mission journals, diaries from throughout her life and scrapbooks relating to her mission.


Arranged into four series: 1. Elizabeth Souter letters, 1923-1948. 2. Elizabeth Souter mission journals, 1923-1937. 3. Elizabeth Souter diaries, 1940-1973. 4. Elizabeth Souter scrapbooks, circa 1905-1973.

Other Finding Aids

Inventory available in repository.

Custodial History note

Donated by Beverly Dunford.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Beverly Dunford.

Appraisal note

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Elizabeth Souter papers
Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator,
2008 November 17
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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