Isaac Russell correspondence
Scope and Contents
Materials primarily contain correspondence between Russell and his family and letters to and from members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also includes some correspondence between Parley P. Pratt and his family. Most of the letters are originals, except for a string-bound typescript copy of some letters dealing with Isaac Russell, the originals of which are not contained in the collection. Dated 1828-1893.
- Russell, Isaac, 1807-1844 (Creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access
Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use color copies.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Isaac Russell correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Isaac Russell (1807-1844) was an early Mormon convert in Canada and served in the first mission of the Church to England.
Isaac Russell was born at Windy Haugh near Alston, England, April 13, 1807. In 1817 his family emigrated from England to Canada, settling in Little New York (Toronto). On June 25, 1829 Isaac married Mary Walton. He built a home in the Charleston Settlement (now Downsview, Ontario), and worked as a carpenter there. In 1836 Parley P. Pratt met and baptized Russell's sister, Isabella Russell Walton. After hearing Pratt preach the gospel in the Dawson home, Isaac and his family were baptized along with several others, including John Taylor, Joseph Fielding, and John Dawson. Russell and his family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, soon after baptism, and from 1837-1839 he served in the first mission to England in the company of Heber C. Kimball, Orson Hyde, Joseph Fielding, John Goodson, and John Snider.
On April 26, 1839, after their move to Far West, Missouri, Russell and all his family and relatives and many others (91 in total) were cut off from the Church by Sidney Rigdon. When the Saints left Far West, Russell, his family, and many others who were cut off, remained in Far West. Russell was imprisoned in the Richmond Jail for contempt of court, and was sold as a slave because he would not deny his religion. He was freed by a Mr. Raglan, but only after Russell insisted that he work for Mr. Raglan in exchange for the amount that Mr. Raglan had paid to set him free. Mr. Raglan lived in Ray County on the Woodward farm where Russell moved his family while paying off his debt. While working in the Crooked River Bottoms of the Missouri River, he contracted swamp fever and died, on September 25, 1844.
14 folders (0.3 linear ft.)
Arranged in four series: 1. Russell family correspondence, 1831-1860. 2. Correspondence with Mormon leaders, 1837-1888. 3. Typescripts of Isaac Russell correspondence, 1837-1843. 4. Pratt family correspondence, 1841-1893.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS497.xml
Collection was purchased by the BYU Library in 1987.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1. V, November 2013.)
Existence and Location of Copies
Scanned color copies, and transcriptions of materials are in Folder 8-14.
Processed; Paul C. Russell and David J. Whittaker; 1990.
Input into Archivist's Toolkit; Leslie Evens; 2011.
Revised and updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2013.
- Register of Isaac Russell correspondence
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 October 28
- 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.