William Alvin Bowles papers
Scope and Contents
Includes diaries, correspondence, scrapbooks, library materials, photographs and ephemera regarding his mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Maori people in New Zealand.
- Bowles, William Alvin, 1886-1926 (Creator, Person)
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Open for public research.
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William Alvin Bowles (1886-1926) was a farmer and active member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
The oldest son in a family of eight children, William Alvin Bowles was born April 22, 1886 on a small ranch in Nephi, Utah. William worked on the family’s ranch and farm until his departure in the fall of 1906 for New Zealand where he served a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.
Following his return from New Zealand in the spring of 1910, William married Catherine Bailey on November 17, 1910 in the Salt Lake City, Utah, LDS Temple. Like William, Catherine was born and raised in Nephi. Following their marriage, William and Catherine lived in Salt Lake City for three years, where William was foreman on a large farm owned by a Mr. Gunn. During this period, Catherine kept the farm accounts and prepared dinner for Mr. Gunn. After the birth of their daughter, Virginia Bowles, the family returned to Nephi where William farmed and worked for the Bonneville Lumber Company.
William and Catherine had three children: Virginia Bowles Keeler, Catherine Bowles, and Geraldine Bowles Barker. Throughout his life, William took an active role in the ecclesiastical activities of his local Mormon ward (the Nephi Center Ward) and stake (the Juab Stake). William served as a ward clerk, a stake missionary, and as a counselor in the Mutual Improvement Association. Remembered by his wife and children as a loving husband and father, William died of a ruptured appendix on October 3, 1926.
3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
1 carton (1 linear ft.)
William Alvin Bowles papers includes personal mission diaries, his mission library, including hymn books, a dictionary, and scriptures; mission photographs; and related mission ephemera.
Arranged in four series: 1. William Alvin Bowles diaries. 2. William Alvin Bowles library materials. 3. William Alvin Bowles photographs. 4. William Alvin Bowles ephemera.
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More detailed finding aid available in repository or from the curators in Special Collections.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSSSC2956.xml
Donated in 2004.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history. (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).
Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processer; 2009.
- Bowles, William Alvin, 1886-1926 -- Archives
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Missions -- New Zealand
- Maori (New Zealand people)
- Missions and Missionaries
- Mormon Church -- Missions -- New Zealand
- Mormon missionaries -- New Zealand
- Mormons -- New Zealand
- New Zealand
- Register of William Alvin Bowles papers
- John M. Murphy, curator
- February 2004
- 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.