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Welch family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2906

Scope and Contents

The John Welch family correspondence includes letters from Lorenzo Snow, fifth president of the Mormon Church and Martha Jane Welch; a letter to Harriet Atwood Silver from her parents; and a letter from James E. Talmage, an apostle in the Mormon Church, to John Dunn.

Snow's handwritten and signed letter is dated 24 Jan. 1877 and addressed to John Welch. Snow offers aid to the Mormons in Welch's colony in southern Utah. He also discusses business issues, including his interest in Welch sending cotton to Brigham City's Co-op.

John Welch also gives a deposition which states his opinion of Joseph Smith and Brigham Young, presidents of the Mormon Church, and his association with them. Martha Jane Welch's letter to her father, John Welch, dated 20 Feb. 1877, discusses family matters.

The letter by Arad and Louise Silver is addressed to Harriet Atwood Silver Dunn and dated 10 Jan. 1847. Arad and Louise discuss their loneliness and concern for Harriet after she became a Morman and joined the members of that faith in "Camp Israel."

James E. Talmage, an Apostle in the Mormon Church, wrote a letter to John W. Dunn dated 23 April 1932, in which Talage answers Dunn's questions regarding locations of Book of Mormon sites.


  • 1847-1932


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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


2 folders (0.16 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Muriel Cardon is the daughter of John W. Dunn and the great-granddaughter of John Welch. Cardon's family had already donated letters of Simeon and Harriet Silver Dunn (Vault MSS 619). This addition of letters from Cardon has remained in the family's possession until the letters were donated to BYU 28 May 1997 to keep all the Dunn family letters at Special Collections and Manuscripts.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Muriel Lucille Dunn Cardon.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Welch family papers
Benjamin Sipes
2010 December 14
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