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Brigham Smoot family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3315

Scope and Contents

Collection contains journals, letters, transcripts, and other materials produced by members of the Smoot family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The materials document the missionary service of Brigham Smoot in Samoa and Tonga, the missionary service of Gilbert Van Schoonhoven, the military service of Roland Nesbit Smoot during World War II, and various family events and issues that were occuring at the time. Dated 1866 to approximately 1949.


  • 1866-approximately 1949


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

Biographical History

The Brigham Smoot (1869-1946) and Margaret Annella Nesbit (1880-1964) family began with their marriage in Salt Lake City, Utah, in approximately 1894.

The Brigham Smoot (1869-1946) and Margaret Annella Nesbit (1880-1964) family began with their marriage in Salt Lake City, Utah, in approximately 1894.They had two children who lived to maturity including Roland Nesbit Smoot and Annella Kerstina Smoot (later Doone). Roland was a member of the United States Navy, retiring as Vice Admiral. Annella was a musician, who specialized in the cello. Brigham and Annella were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham in particular came from a prominent Church family: he was a son of Abraham O. Smoot, the mayor of Salt Lake City and the first head of BYU's Board of Trustees. Brigham served a mission in Tonga and Samoa. The family lived in Pennsylvannia, Utah, Idaho, and California.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Brigham Smoot journals and letter, 1889-1892. 2. Gilbert Henry Van Schoonhoven journal and letter, 1866-1868. 3. Roland Nesbit Smoot papers, approximately 1940-1949.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Loretta (daughter of Brigham Smoot) and Richard Nixon, donated the materials to L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University on July 27, 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richard and Loretta Nixon and Doone Lewis; 2006.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies for preservation are on M-discs in Box 2 Folder 6.

Register of Brigham Smoot family papers
Under Revision
Megan Furcini
2011 March 4
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