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Brigham Smoot journals and letter, 1889-1892

Identifier: MSS 3315 Series 1

Scope and Contents

Contains journals and a letter created and collected by Smoot during his service as a Latter-day Saint missionary in Samoa and Tonga between 1889 and 1892. Also includes transcriptions of the journals prepared by Loretta Nixon.


  • 1889-1892


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 Brigham Smoot family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Brigham Smoot (1869-1946) was a sugar industry manager in Utah and Idaho.

Brigham Roland Smoot was born on June 15, 1869, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Abraham Owen Smoot and Anne Kirstine Mauritzen. He attended Brigham Young Academy, and after graduation was called to serve a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He first served in Samoa from 1889 to 1891, and was later sent to Tonga as a missionary from 1891 to 1892. After returning from his mission he attended Lehigh University, graduating with a bachelor's degree in science and chemistry in 1898. Smoot came back to Utah after school, working in the mining industry in Eureka, Utah. It was during this period that he met Margaret Annella Nesbit and they married on June 20, 1900, in Provo, Utah. They had two children together. After his marriage, Smoot turned from mining to join the sugar industry where he studied refining methods in various factories. In 1901, he began working for the Utah-Idaho Sugar Company as general supervisor. He retired from the company in 1937 and moved to Pasadena, California.

He died in Pasadena, California, on December 16, 1946.


7 folders

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Item-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies for preservation are on M-discs in Box 2 Folder 6.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States