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Yesharah Society records

 Collection
Identifier: MSS 730

Scope and Contents

The Yesharah Society records contain items created by and collected by the society in the course of its operations. These items include a constitution and by-laws of the organization, correspondence, meeting minutes, pamphlets and programs, newspaper clippings and articles, scrapbooks, histories and biographies, music, and photos. The records come from the two Provo Chapters, Orem, Logan, and Salt Lake. The society was founded in Provo, Utah, in 1929 and the records go up to nearly the present day. Dated circa 1928-2011.

Dates

  • 1928-2011

Creator

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 Yesharah Society records must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Yesharah Society is an institution intended to provide returned sister missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints opportunities to continue acts of service and kindness in their communities.

In 1928 the first organization of lady returned missionaries was founded at the home of Inez Knight. The first members of this organization consisted of the first female missionaries for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The name given to this newly formed society was Yesharah, meaning up-rightness and integrity. Since the founding of the Yesharah Society many other chapters have been formed throughout the state of Utah.

The Yesharah Society was formed with the express purpose of perpetuating the missionary spirit and to allow its members to give service within the community as well as to promote love, unity and precious friendships within the society. Service included: visiting the sick, writing to missionaries in the mission field, visiting convalescent homes and hospitals, supporting children’s institutions, visiting the families of those away at war, and donating membership histories and books to the Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. The Society continues to exist.

Extent

10 boxes (5 linear ft.)

2 oversize (2.50 linear ft.)

Language

English

Arrangement

The collection has been arranged into eight series: 1. Yesharah Society history, constitution, and by-laws, 1929-1976. 2. Yesharah Society Provo chapter 1, 1929-1994. 3. Yesharah Society Provo chapter 2, 1959-1983. 4. Yesharah Society Orem chapter, 1974-2004. 5. Yesharah Society Salt Lake chapter, 1949-1950. 6. Yesharah Society Logan chapter, 1929-2009. 7. Yesharah Society sheet music, 1929-2009. 8. Yesharah Society miscellaneous ephemera, 1959-1962.

Custodial History

Donated by the Yesharah Societies.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Yesharah Societies.

Appraisal

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Related Materials

Bates, Elizabeth Baer Fetzer. Yesharah organization collection Salt Lake chapter. Salt Lake City, The Club. Located in the LDS Church Archives: MS 10360, access no. 136759-ARCH.

Processing Information

Processed; John M. Murphy. Processed; Nicole Humphries; May-June 2006. Processed; Cynthia Ann Smith; March-April 2009. Addition processed by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.

Creator

Title
Register of Yesharah Society records
Status
In Progress
Author
Cynthia Ann Smith, manuscript intern; Nichole Humphries, manuscripts intern; and John M. Murphy, curator.
Date
2009 April 22
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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