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Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2322

Scope and Contents

This collection contains two journals belonging to Abraham Kimball, Sr. which record his missionary service from 1877-1879 and papers which include personal and Church related papers spanning the years between 1887-1888. Also included in the collection are family patriarchal blessings and histories, as well as two journals of Abraham A. Kimball Jr. which chronicle his mission to the Southern States from 1896-1898. This collection contains personal records of the Kimball family. Included are patriarchal blessings, temple recommends, journals, and personal and Church correspondence. The primary authors are Abraham Alonso Kimball Sr. and his son, Abraham A. Kimball Jr. The contents of the collection span the years between 1875-1898.


  • 1875-1898


Conditions Governing Access

Open to researchers, no photocopying of patriarchal blessings or correspondences regarding temple recommends.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Abraham Alonzo Kimball was the son of Heber C. and Clarissa Cutler Kimball. He was born April 6, 1846 in Nauvoo, Hancock County, Illinois. He lived with his grandparents in Iowa until 1862, when he came to Utah. He was baptized in 1863 and served two missions. The first mission was to Iowa in 1863,the second to England from 1877-1879. Abraham practiced polygamy. He married Mary Eliza Hatton Kimball in 1866, Lucy Brown in 1874, and Laura Moody in 1882. To these three marriages were born fourteen children, Abraham Kimball, Jr. among them. Abraham kept a series of journals and personal papers which recorded his time as a missionary, as well as his experiences as a Bishop in the Kanosh ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Abraham A. Kimball, Sr. died September 24, 1889, of lung complications.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

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Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The contents of the collection were in the possession of Rose Kimball Black, a daughter of Abraham A. Kimball, Jr. until December 2000. They remained with descendants of Abraham A. Kimball, Jr., until donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections 8 October 2001.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jane Collette and Joe Black;


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Abraham Alonzo Kimball family papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 11
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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