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A. O. Smoot family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3843

Scope and Contents

The A. O. Smoot family papers, 1836–1947, are divided into series of correspondence; genealogy; journals, account books, receipts, and related ephemera; and publications.


  • 1836-1947


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 the A. O. 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

Abraham Owen Smoot was born February 17, 1815 in Owenton, Franklin (later Owen County), Kentucky to Nancy Ann Rowlett (1787-1871) and George Washington Smoot (1785-1824). He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints at age twenty and thereafter became a major figure in its history. He served nine missions; led a group of Saints from the South to Far West, Missouri; was captain of the second company of Saints to enter the Salt Lake Valley; served as President of the Perpetual Emigration Fund in 1852; and acted as Mayor of Salt Lake for ten years and of Provo for twelve. He is particularly recognized for his roll in shaping Provo and fostering the success of Brigham Young Academy, now Brigham Young University. Abraham O. Smoot died in Provo on March 6, 1895, arguably the most influential man in Utah County, Utah.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)




The A. O. Smoot family papers consists of correspondence, publications, genealogy records, journals, account books, receipts, and related ephemera, 1836-1947. The collection covers several generations and family members of the Smoot Family.


Arranged in four series: 1. Smoot family correspondence, 1851-1914. 2. Smoot family genealogy, 1845-1947. 3. Smoot family journals, account books, receipts, and related ephemera, 1836-1914. 4. Smoot family publications, 1852-1914.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Douglas Smoot; 2009-2012.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural , social, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts Collection Policy, II.B.5.VII, 2013).

Related Materials

See also A. O. Smoot affidavit, 1870 (MSS 183), A. O. Smoot papers, 1837-1892 (MSS 574), A. O. Smoot papers, 1837-1894 (MSS 896), A. O. Smoot letters, 1866-1872 (MSS 3175), "To his honor Abraham O. Smoot, ex mayor of Great Salt Lake City", March 1866 (MSS 6012), Biography of Anne K. Smoot, 1910 (MSS 1873), Diana E. Smoot autobiography, 1912 (MSS SC 1587), Anna Christina Smoot diary, 1875-1876 (MSS 6188), Brigham Smoot family papers, 1889-1940 (MSS 3315), Remembering Horace Alma Smoot, circa 1970 (MSS SC 2687), Ida Smoot Dusenberry papers, 1881-1955 (MSS 1432), Ida Smoot Dusenberry photographs, 1881-1955 (MSS P 4132), A brief history of Ida Smoot Dusenberry (date unknown) (UA SC 26), Olive Smoot Bean autobiography, 1933-1934 (MSS SC 2139), Reed Smoot letters, 1903-1904 (MSS 1115), Reed Smoot papers, 1827-1966 (MSS 1187), Reed Smoot certificates and photograph, 1909-1911 (MSS 3736), Reed Smoot correspondence with Alpha May Eldredge Smoot, 1903-1906 (MSS 7945), Reed Smoot photographs, 1880-1949 (MSS P 377), Reed Smoot certificate, 1894 (MSS SC 596), Reed Smoot papers, 1930 and 1932 (UA 290), Caroline R. Smoot genealogical papers, 1885-1909 (MSS 2097), Chloe Smoot Cardon scrapbook, 1898 (MSS SC 2735), Edgar Stubbs Smoot biography, 1979-1980, Isaac A. Smoot papers, 1934-1957 (MSS 416), L. Douglas Smoot papers, 1907-2011 (MSS 7504), Lola Smoot papers, 1952-1985 (MSS 1749), and Seth Smoot portfolio of Nivacle photographs, 2002 (MSS 2837).
Register of the A. O. Smoot family papers
Megan Furcini
2011 May 13
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