Yesharah Society records
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.
- Yesharah Society (Organization)
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.
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.
10 boxes (5 linear ft.)
2 oversize (2.50 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
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.
Donated by the Yesharah Societies.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Yesharah Societies.
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
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.
- Register of Yesharah Society records
- In Progress
- Cynthia Ann Smith, manuscript intern; Nichole Humphries, manuscripts intern; and John M. Murphy, curator.
- 2009 April 22
- 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.