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Facer family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2332

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the books, certificates, licenses, records, correspondence, and diaries written and collected by Joseph Facer. The books contained in this collection are ones that Joseph Facer carried with him on his mission to the southern United States (1897-1899) as well as books belonging to his family. Materials date from 1856 to 1977. The certificates and licenses include Joseph's missionary certificate and his license as a member of the Seventy. Correspondence is mostly letters to Joseph Facer and the other brethren in the Southern States Mission. Diaries include Joseph's diaries and mission log books and autograph books belonging to him and his wife. Also included are the genealogical records of some of Emma's ancestors. Transcripts of several documents are included.


  • 1856-1977


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use microfilm copies.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

The Facer family are descendants of Joseph Facer of Utah.


1 microfilm reel (0.05 linear ft.)

1 ledger box (0.25 linear ft.)

4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains books, records, diaries, correspondence, and other documents from Joseph Facer's life, dealing mainly with his service in the LDS Church. Also contains Hill and Richards family books and a detailed history on the John Kenny and Agnes Hill Richards families and the Alexander Hill and Elizabeth Currie Hill families(the grandparents and great-grandparents of Emma Richards Facer, Joseph's wife).


Arranged in 3 series: 1. Joseph Facer missionary diaries, correspondence, and other materials, 1885-1952. 2. Joseph and Emma Facer autograph books, 1891-1908. 3. Joseph Facer family books, 1856-1977.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

This collection was retained by the Facer family until donated to BYU in 2001 and 2003. The final family members holding this material were the donors. The family books donated in 2003 were given by Elmer Facer who received them from his sister Vera Facer Wilkensen who received them from William Richards.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elmer Facer (President, George Facer Family Organization); 2001.


20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana because the Joseph Facer served two missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, one from 1887-1899 and one from 1901-1902 and the books in the collection were collected in the 20th century.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm copy available for selections from boxes 1 and 2.

Related Materials

See also the George Facer Family Collection (MSS 2358).

Processing Information

Processed; Taylor M. Dix and Jonathan Farrell; 2003 and 2006.

Register of Facer family papers
Taylor M. Dix and Jonathan Farrell, student processors
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States