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Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters

Identifier: MSS 7952

Scope and Contents

Contains letters and postcards between the Alvin and Amelia Smith, including correspondence from their courtship and during his missionary service in England. The letters discuss routine aspects of missionary work, such as finances and accommodations, investigators, companions and conferences, local attitudes, and events. Also includes descriptions of life in the Smith family, such as births and deaths, weddings, financial circumstances, and events of daily life. Accompanying the letters are any original enclosures, including religious and legal documents, souvenirs, clippings, photographs, pressed flowers, locks of hair, and other memorabilia. Dated November 17, 1902 - April 19, 1907.


  • 1902-1907


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use original materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use photocopies or typescripts.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Amelia Atkins Smith (1875-1960) was the wife of Alvin Fielding Smith.

Amelia "Millie" Atkins was born January 10, 1875 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Edward Atkins and Mary Ann Neal. She married Alvin Fielding Smith in Salt Lake City on June 30, 1903, and the couple raised five children. She died June 7, 1960 in Salt Lake City.

Biographical History

Alvin Fielding Smith (1874-1948) was a Latter-day Saint librarian in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alvin Fielding Smith was born to Joseph F. Smith and Edna Lambson of Salt Lake City, Utah, on July 19, 1874, the second of ten children. He was educated at various Salt Lake City schools, Salt Lake High School, and LDS College. He married Amelia Atkins in the Salt Lake Temple on June 30, 1903, and the couple had five children.

In 1905 Smith was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England. He served mostly in the London area. While a missionary, he accompanied his father, Joseph F. Smith, on a tour of Europe in 1906, traveling to Germany, Switzerland, Holland, and France. After completing his mission in 1907, he worked for the Consolidated Wagon & Machine Company and later as librarian for the Church Historian's Office in Salt Lake City. He also served as an ordinance worker in the Salt Lake Temple for many years, and was active in his ward. Smith died on January 4, 1948 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


9 boxes (4.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Alvin Fielding Smith letters, 1902-1907. 2. Amelia Atkins Smith letters, 1905-1907. 3. Transcripts and photocopies of the Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters, 1902-1907.

Custodial History

The letters were donated by Sydney Reynolds in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Sydney Reynolds; September 2011.


Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, itellectual, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)

Related Materials

See also Alvin F. Smith letters (MSS SC 2300), Levi Garrett Leatham British mission journals (MSS 3942), S. Norman Lee correspondence (MSS 4034), Heber Richard Ockey letter (MSS 7584), Wilford Woodruff letter (Vault MSS 696), Joseph F. Smith letters (MSS 2056), Joseph F. Smith letter to James E. Steele (MSS 7678), Joseph F. Smith letter (MSS 7684), Joseph F. Smith letter to Harvey H. Cluff (MSS SC 1139), Joseph F. Smith letter and affidavit (MSS SC 2489), Joseph F. Smith letters to Charles Coulson Rich and Francis W. Kirkham (MSS SC 2497), Joseph F. Smith statement (MSS SC 2602), Joseph F. Smith speech (MSS SC 2853), Joseph F. Smith letter (MSS SC 3146), Joseph F. Smith letters (MSS SC 3275), and Hyrum S. Smith diary (MSS SC 247).

Processing Information

Processed; David Whittaker, Curator, and Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist; 2012.

Processed; Sarah Anne Flinders, Intern; 2016.

Register of Alvin Fielding and Amelia Atkins Smith letters
Under Revision
Amanda C. Crandall, Manuscripts Specialist
2012 March
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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