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Samuel Frederick Curtis papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9035

Scope and Contents

Materials include journals, letters, notebooks, photographs, negatives, and audiocassettes of Samuel Frederick "Fred" Curtis and his wife Emmeline Curtis. Topics of materials include Fred's mission in Germany and the mission Samuel and Emmeline later served in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, both for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, their family of six children, and Fred's work at and donations to Brigham Young University. Some photographs depict military camps and activities aboard ships. Materials dated approximately 1930 to 2017.


  • approximately 1930-2017


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2022. Permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Items (Box 8 and Folder 9) kept in cold storage and freezer; requires 24 hours advance notice to access collection.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Emmeline Hastings was born on December 2, 1913, in Mesa, Arizona to her parents Joseph and Amanda C. Kempe Hastings and was the last of five siblings. She attended Brigham Young University and Arizona State University and earned a teaching degree, and became a public school teacher in Arizona. She married Samuel Frederick Curtis in the Mesa Arizona Temple in 1941, and they had six children. In 1989, she accompanied her husband on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Louisiana Baton Rouge Mission. Emmeline died at home May 19, 2005, in Mesa, Arizona.

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Frederick (Fred) Curtis was born on June 22, 1918, in Stafford, Arizona to Ammon and Mary Jane Curtis. After finishing high school Fred served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Germany from 1938 until 1940, when he had to flee the country because of the start of World War II. Fred married Emmeline Hastings on May 28, 1941, in the Mesa Arizona Temple, they had six children together. Fred became a farmer and entrepreneur making enough money to donate some of his land and money to Brigham Young University. In 1989, Fred and Emmaline served a mission for the Church in Baton Rouge, Louisiana until 1992. Emmeline Curtis passed away on May 19, 2005, in Mesa, Arizona. Fred passed away September 26, 2021.


6 cartons (6 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Samuel Frederick Curtis family in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Samuel Frederick Curtis family; 2014.


American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Corinne Bird, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2017. Processed; Alyssa Pitts, 2020.

  • Ephemera, photographs, negatives
  • Financia records, including tax documents and other materials related to the personal finances of Samuel Frederick Curtis.
Register of Samuel Frederick Curtis papers
In Progress
Corinne Bird
2017 July 17
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