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Karl G. Maeser and Joseph Young letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3931

Scope and Contents note

There are five letters in the Karl G. Maeser and Joseph Young Letters collection.

1. Letter of transmittal signed by Morgan Richards, President of the Council, Utah Territory, to accompany a bill defining the boundaries of Carson County. July 12, 1854. 1 page.

2. Letter from Brigham Young Jr. (writing from Liverpool) to Elder Thomas Taylor relating the immigration to Utah. May 7, 1866. 1 page, 11 by 16 inches, folded in half.

3. Letter from Joseph Young to Morgan Richards, written probably from Parowan with a note of thanks for $5 and concerning doctrinal matters. January 9, 1880. 1 page, 5 by 8 inches.

4. Letter from Karl G. Maeser, General Superintendent of L.D.S. Schools, writing from Provo City, Utah, to Morgan Richards in Parowan, Utah. Karl G. Maser discusses Brother Jensen’s acceptance of a nomination for the Parowan District School, until the Stake Academy is ready to start. Maeser then says that the Stake Academy will be built in Cedar City, but if the people of Parowan want a Church school, an LDS Seminary will be built there. Aug 24, 1889. 2 pages, with envelope.

5. Letter from Karl G. Maeser to Morgan Richards, Parowan, dated July 30, 1889, relating to the Stake Academy of Parowan and recommending Joseph Y. Jensen. 3 pages, each 5.75 by 9 inches, with envelope.


  • 1853-1889


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

Kark Gottfried Maeser (1828-1901) became the second principal of Brigham Young Academy.

Karl Gottfried Maeser was born January 16, 1828 in Meissen, Germany. He immigrated with his family to the United States in 1856 and settled in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1860. Maeser became the second principal of Brigham Young Academy in Provo, Utah in 1876 and served in this capacity for sixteen years. He died February 15, 1901.

Biographical History

Joseph Young was born April 7, 1797 in Hopkinton, Massachusetts. He was the older brother of Brigham Young. Joseph joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832 and followed the movement of the church from Ohio to eventually the Salt Lake Valley. He served as a president in the seventy from 1835 until his death in Salt Lake in 1881.


5 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Five letters, written primarily by Joseph Young and Karl G. Maeser, dated 1853-1889.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Brent Ashworth in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Brent Ashworth; 1990.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts).

Related Archival Materials note

MSS 3930 Maeser, Karl G. Karl G. Maeser letter to Elder Edward Collard, 1859

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 21 May 2007.

Register of Karl G. Maeser and Joseph Young letters
Benjamin Sipes
2011 June 14
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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