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Joel Ricks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2857

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains various journals, letters, and published and unpublished materials of Joel Ricks Jr. It also contains Ricks family history material; miscellaneous notes, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and printed material collected by Ricks; Book of Mormon research and study materials; and three photographs.

Dates

  • bulk 1874-1940

Creator

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

Biographical History

Joel Ricks, Jr. (1858-1944). A Mormon author and politician. He authored The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands and signed the Utah State Constitution.

Joel Ricks, Jr. (1858-1944) was born in Farmington, Utah. He signed the Utah State Constitution, was a pioneer railroader and telegrapher, and spent much of his time in genealogical research and a study of Book of Mormon geography. He made several trips to Southern America for his research and authored five books and a number of maps and pamphlets. One of his books was titled The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands.

Joel Ricks was born July 21, 1858 in Farmington, Utah to Joel Ricks Sr. (1804-1888) and Sarah Beriah Fiske (1819-1891). In 1859 his parents moved to Logan, Utah to help settle that area. He was married to Susette Cardon (1861-1919) in 1881.

Ricks was secretary to the Utah State Constitutional Convention and signed the state's constitution. He authored five books, including The Geography of Book of Mormon Lands, and a number of maps and pamphlets, many detailing his beliefs about where the Book of Mormon people were located on the Southern and Northern American continents. He took several trips to South America to conduct research for these publications. He died in Logan, Utah on November 23, 1944.

Extent

1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

This collection contains various journals, letters, and published and unpublished materials of Joel Ricks Jr. It also contains Ricks family history material; miscellaneous notes, newspaper clippings, ephemera, and printed material collected by Ricks; Book of Mormon research and study materials; and three photographs.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 10 series: 1. Joel Ricks minute book of young people's testimonial meeting, 1875-1881; 2. Joel Ricks journals, bulk 1874-1909; 3. Joel Ricks correspondence; 4. Writings by or about Joel Ricks; 5. Joel Ricks family history materials; 6. Joel Ricks certificates, ribbons, cards, and other miscellaneous material; 7. Joel Ricks printed works, 1907-1933; 8. Joel Ricks fools gold; and 9. Joel Ricks photographs.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2857.xml

Custodial History note

Donated; Patricia W. Nielson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Patricia W. Nielson.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Jana Lloyd; March 2006.
Title
Register of the Joel Ricks papers
Status
Completed
Author
Jana Lloyd
Date
March 2006
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States