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Hatch family papers

Identifier: MSS 7085
Contains mainly ephemera from the campaign of Frances Hatch Merrill. This includes newspaper clippings, campaign information, photographs, and election pamphlets, mainly dating from the 1980s. There is also the same type of materials but in a lesser quantity for Orrin Hatch, from around the same time period. Also included in the collection are the Christmas and greeting cards of Helen Kamm Hatch, mother of Orrin and Frances Hatch.


  • 1977-2008


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 publish material from Hatch family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


2 oversize boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.3 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)


Hatch family papers contain papers regarding the elections of Orrin Hatch and his sister Frances Hatch Merrill. There is also a Christmas card collection of Helen Kamm Hatch, the mother of Frances and Orrin.

Biographical History

The Hatch family is descended from Utah pioneers, and includes politicians Orrin Hatch and Frances Hatch Merrill. Their parents, Jesse and Helen Hatch, raised the family in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Jesse Hatch (1904-1992) worked as a lather, and served as president for the local branch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The family later moved back to Utah, where children Orrin and Frances became involved in politics. Frances Hatch Merrill (b. 1939) served in the Utah legislature, and Orrin Hatch (b. 1934) has served as the United States Senator for Utah.


Organized in three series: I. Election pamphlets, 1983, 1988. II. Clippings on Orrin Hatch and Frances H. Merrill, 1983. III. Helen Kamm Hatch greeting cards, 1977-1995.

Other Finding Aids

More detailed finding aid available in repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Dawn Merrill in June 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dawn Merrill; June 2009.


Utah Political History (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.I, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.


Register of Hatch family papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
2009 July 9
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Revision Statements

  • finding aid revision date not supplied: 2009 November 30 Reviewed and corrected for DACS and subject compliance by Cory Nimer.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States