Skip to main content

Joseph F. Smith letter to James E. Steele

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7678
Contains a letter to James E. Steele from Joseph F. Smith, dated March 3, 1902. The letter addresses the United States Congress banning polygamy within the United States and the effect that it would have on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The letter asks that James E. Steele, as the Stake President of the Bingham Idaho Stake, find out the number of polygamous families living within his stake in 1902.

Dates

  • 1902 March 3

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 Joseph F. Smith letter to James E. Steele must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Biographical history

Joseph F. Smith (1838-1918) was the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1901 to 1918.

Joseph F. Smith was born November 13, 1838, to Hyrum and Mary Fielding Smith. He migrated to Utah with his mother after his father was martyred. Once in Utah, he began his life service to the church. In 1865, he served in the territorial legislature. Smith served as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1901 to 1918. He died November 19, 1918.

Arrangement

Materials were left in original order.

Custodial History

Purchased from Brent Ashworth in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Brent Ashworth; 2010.

Appraisal

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Illustrates some of the effects of the banning of polygamy in the United States and how it affected the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.
Title
Register of the Joseph F. Smith letter to James E. Steele
Status
completed
Author
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
Date
2011 July
Description rules
dacs
Language of description
English

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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