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William Jacobson and Sandy Borbón Rich collection on the Ben E. and Alice M. Rich family

Identifier: MSS 7690

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 19th century and early 20th century pamphlets that largely deal with issues related to controversy, doctrine, and organizations within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The papers also include four volumes of newspaper clippings, a calendar diary owned by William McLachlan, correspondence from Ben E. Rich to Alice M. Rich, schoolbooks used by Alice M. Rich in 1884, and other various papers and documents.


  • 1884-1938


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 William Jacobson and Sandy Borbón Rich collection on the Ben E. and Alice M. Rich family must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Sandy Borbón Rich (born 1950) is the wife of William Jacobson Rich.

Sandra Borbón Rich, daughter of Joseph Borbón and Margarita Marcos Acosta, was born in Fresno, California, in 1950. Rich graduated from Overfelt High School in San Jose, California, in 1968. She has worked as a salesperson for most of her adult life and, with her husband William, worked in the sales department of their business. Sandy retired in 2008 when she and her husband sold their business.

Biographical History

William Jacobson Rich (born 1940) is the grandson of Ben E. Rich and Alice M. Rich.

William Jacobson (Bill) Rich, son of Francis Wilson Rich and Romania Jacobson Rich, was born in Oakland, California, on July 29, 1940. Rich graduated from Oakland Technical High School in 1958. He later served in the United States Army as an artillery surveyor, and was discharged in 1967. Rich loves cars and for most of his life has worked in or around the automobile industry. In May 1993 he and his wife Sandy Borbón Rich opened a successful automobile "aftermarket accessories" (Sacramento Valley Sunroofs, Inc.) in Sacramento, California. Bill and Sandy retired from that business 2008. Rich is a Master Mason, Past Master of Live Oak Lodge, and Past President of the Board of Directors at Live Oak Lodge in Oakland, California. He is also a member of the Scottish Rite Shrine.

Biographical History

The Rich family was a prominent Mormon family in Idaho and Utah. Ben. E. Rich (1855-1913) was a Mormon missionary, politician, and newspaperman, and is best known for his service as mission president in the Southern States Mission and the Eastern States Mission. Rich was a polygamist, marrying five times between 1877 and 1899. His wives included Diana Farr (1877), Rosabell Osmond (1885), Andrea Christiana Jenson (1888), Laura Bowring (1898), and Alice Caroline McLachlan (1899).


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials have been maintained in original order.

Custodial History

The collection passed from Ben E. and Alice M. Rich to their son, Francis Rich, and then to his son, William J. Rich. It was then both donated and sold by William J. Rich in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated and purchased; William J. Rich; 2010.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Ben E. Rich was a prominent member of the LDS church as a politician and a mission president in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Processing Information

Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of the William Jacobson and Sandy Borbón Rich collection on the Ben E. and Alice M. Rich family
John M. Murphy, curator, and Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor
December 2010
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