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James E. Talmage letter to Joseph F. Smith

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7718

Scope and Contents

Photocopy letter to Joseph F. Smith from James E. Talmage dated October 26, 1915 giving the rights of Jesus the Christ to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • 1915 October 26


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

Biographical History

James E. Talmage (1862-1933) was an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day saints and an author of religious books.

James Edward Talmage was born Sept. 21, 1862 in Hungerford, England. Talmage received a diploma from the Brigham Young Academy Scientific Department in 1881, and then attended Lehigh University (1882-83), Johns Hopkins University (1883-1884), and Illinois Wesleyan University (1896). He taught at Brigham Young Academy before becoming president of the University of Deseret from 1894 to 1897. He was a professor of geology at the University of Utah from 1897-1907. On June 14, 1888, Talmage married Merry May Booth, commonly called May. James and May Talmage had eight children together. One of their children, John Talmage, wrote a biography of his father, while Sterling B. Talmage became a geologist. Talmage was ordained an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1911 and served in that capacity until his death in 1933. He also served as President of the European Mission of the Church from 1924-1928. In addition, he was the author of several books about his religion, including Jesus the Christ, The House of the Lord, The Articles of Faith, and The Great Apostasy. James E. Talmage died in 1933 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Shannon Howells in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Shannon Howells; 2010.


This letter is from James E. Talmage to Joseph F. Smith about the rights to his book, Jesus the Christ. 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

See also James E. Talmage papers MSS 229.

Processing Information

Processed; Elisa Visick, student manuscript processor, and David Whittaker, curator; January 2011.

Register of James E. Talmage letter to Joseph F. Smith
Elisa Visick
2011 January 13
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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