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Salisbury family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3078

Scope and Contents

This collection contains materials of Katharine Smith Salisbury, sister of Joseph Smith, Jr., and of her family, especially of her son, Don C. Salisbury, and his descendants. The materials include photographs, letters, sheet music, and restoration project papers.


  • 1850-2003


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons must use photocopies.

Conditions Governing Access

Photographs kept in cold vault; 24 hours advance notice required to use items.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

The Salisbury family was headed by Katharine Smith Salisbury, sister to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Katharine Smith was born July 28, 1813 at West Lebanon, Grafton County, New Hampshire, the seventh surviving child and second daughter of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. On June 8, 1831 she married Mormon convert Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury, and together they had eight children: Elizabeth, Lucy, Solomon, Alvin, Don Carlos, Emma, Loren and Fredrick. Wilkins Salisbury later apostatized from the Church and was erratic in his support for Katharine and their children. Katharine died of pneumonia on February 2, 1900 in Fountain Green, Illinois.


2 box (1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into 5 series: 1. Salisbury family correspondence, 1850-1979. 2. Music written by Katharine Salisbury's granddaughters. 3. Salisbury family Restoration Project materials. 4. Salisbury family miscellaneous. 5. Salisbury family photographs.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary M. Dennis.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Salisbury family papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 4
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