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George Alley papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 727

Scope and Contents note

The material in this collection was generated by George Alley, and some of his children and descendants. The collection includes account and receipt books from Salem, Mass., Nauvoo, and Salt Lake City. Also included, are letters between family members, a journal page of George Alley, a diary of Stephen Webb Alley, genealogy and family history materials (including xerox copies of photographs), and various memorabilia.


  • 1834-1891


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 George Alley family collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George Alley (1792-1859) was a Mormon businessman who owned stores in Salem, Massachusetts; Nauvoo, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

George Alley (December 30, 1792 - November 18, 1859) was born in Lynn, Mass. He was married to Mary Symonds in 1822 and moved with his family to Salem about ten years later where they were taught the gospel by Erastus Snow and Benjamin Winchester. They operated a store in Salem. The Alleys were Baptized in 1842, and moved to Nauvoo that same year. George Alley had a store in Nauvoo, the main business of which was shoemaking. The Family crossed the Mississippi in the summer of 1846. On September 20, 1848, they entered the Salt Lake Valley.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Account and receipt books, family correspondence, diary of Stephen Webb Alley, genealogy, family history materials, and memorabilia of the George Alley family. Photographs include studio portraits of Lydia Ann Alley and Susan Hannah Alley Wells, polygamist wives of Mormon Church leader, Daniel H. Wells, and a portrait of George Alley's wife, Mary Symond Alley. A majority of the photos were taken by Salt Lake City photographer Charles R. Savage. The photographs are albumen and matte collodion process.

Other Finding Aids note

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

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

The bulk of these materials were originally owned by George Alley. At his death they went into the possession of his son Stephen Webb Alley, who added some documents to the collection. After Stephen's death in 1921 at Bancroft, Idaho, the documents remained in the Alley family. In about 1968, they came into the possession of Stephen L. Alley, who donated them to the BYU Archives on 17 July, 1984.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Stephen L Alley; 1984.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Whittaker; January 1991.

Register of the George Alley papers
David J. Whittaker and Tom Wallace
January 1991
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States