Skip to main content

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission



  • Existence: 1867 - 1971

Administrative History

The Southern States Mission (1867-1971) provided religious instruction for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of Ohio.

President Charles A. Callis and his contributions to the Southern States Mission, 1980:p. 15 (encompassed Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Virginia, Mississippi, Alabama, Kentucky, Tennessee, and parts of Ohio)

Deseret News 2001-2002 Church Almanac, 2000:p.428 (Southern States Mission; organized Nov. 1867; renamed to Georgia-South Carolina Mission in June 1971; renamed to Georgia Atlanta Mission on June 20, 1974)

Found in 34 Collections and/or Records:

A. O. Smoot family documents, 1815-1961

Identifier: MSS 3843 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains receipts, diaries, poetry, account and memo books, certificates and other personal documents, autograph books, invitations, bank notes and warranty deeds, speeches, periodicals, letters, IOUs, and newspaper clippings. Materials are dated approximately 1815 to 1961.

Dates: 1815-1961

William Eugene Bingham mission journal

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9210
Scope and Contents

Contains materials pertaining to Willard Eugene Bingham's service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South Carolina from 1885 to 1886. Includes both the original journal of Willard Eugene Bingham and a transcription created by his grandson George Bingham in 1978. Includes short, daily entries pertaining to the events of his day, individuals taught, members baptized, service administered, and areas traveled to. Dated approximately 1885-1886.

Dates: 1885-1886

James Richard Bodily mission diaries

Identifier: MSS 6120
Scope and Contents Two diaries from Bodily's mission to the Southern States for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One journal is a “synopsis of (his) missionary labors,” beginning from the time of his call to his journey to the Southern States from Utah. Elder Bodily makes reference to conditions and also many of the individuals and families he had the privilege to visit, teach, and baptize. The second journal continues to document his labors in the Southern States Mission. In the second journal...
Dates: 1897-1900

Charles A. Callis letters

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197232512456]
Identifier: MSS 6087

Includes 46 letters from Charles A. Callis, President of the Southern States Mission of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, to Leonard A. Fillerup, leader of the Kentucky Conference of the same mission, as well as various other letters and materials relating to the Southern States Mission during the years 1924-1926. The materials include instruction, testimony, and mission progress and statistics.

Dates: 1924-1926

Wesley C. Carter scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9162
Scope and Contents Contains scrapbooks from Wesley Carol Carter pertaining to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints building mission program in the southeast area of the United States and histories of the YWMIA. Scrapbooks include photographs and brief histories of church building missionaries called to serve in the southeast area, as well as newspaper and church publications pertaining to church building projects in which Wesley Carol Carter was involved. Scrapbooks also include photographs of the...
Dates: 1963-1972

Gerald N. and Florence I. Christiansen mission papers

 Collection — Box 2: Series 2 [Barcode: 31197239243709], Folder: 16
Identifier: MSS 9100
Scope and Contents Materials from Gerald N. Christiansen's missionary service for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northwestern States Mission and Florence I. Christiansen's missionary service in the Western States Mission, both spanning from 1918 to 1920. Materials include photographs, journals, and assorted books, in addition to various documents from the rest of both Gerald and Florence Christiansen's lives in Idaho dating from 1909-1979. Also contains a missionary weekly report book...
Dates: 1896-1979; Majority of material found within 1918-1920

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Southern States Mission records

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230334333]
Identifier: MSS 1144
Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten church records including minutes of meetings and newspaper clippings. Most of the items relate to the activies of the Mormon Church in Florida including the creation of the Florida Stake. The district clerk who recorded the minutes was Joseph S. Copeland.

Dates: 1937-1947

Norma Larson Elliott papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8264
Scope and Contents Materials include Norma Larson Elliott's Book of Remembrance, correspondence to her from missionary family members, financial records, journal notebooks, and ephemera. Also included is scrapbooks and family history of Norma's siblings, MayBelle, Gladys, and Marsden; history of the towns Lakeside, Snowflake, and Taylor, Arizona; family history and reunions; and personal and family history of both Norma and her husband, John Budge Elliott. Also includes biographies and photographs, Norma's and...
Dates: 1913-2012

David Horton Elton journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2050

The papers of David Horton Elton contain David Horton Elton’s LDS Church mission diaries, 1898 – 1900, and one additional diary, 1905.

Dates: 1898-1905

Facer family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2332

Contains books, records, diaries, correspondence, and other documents from Joseph Facer's life, dealing mainly with his service in the LDS Church. Also contains Hill and Richards family books and a detailed history on the John Kenny and Agnes Hill Richards families and the Alexander Hill and Elizabeth Currie Hill families(the grandparents and great-grandparents of Emma Richards Facer, Joseph's wife).

Dates: 1856-1977

Additional filters:

Collection 30
Archival Object 4
Diaries 24
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 22
Missions and Missionaries 21
Letters 11
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Southern States 8
∨ more
Mormon missionaries -- Southern States 8
Mormon missionaries -- Southern States -- Diaries 7
Photographs 7
Certificates 4
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Southern States -- History 4
Southern States 4
Account books 3
Biographies 3
Correspondence 3
Family histories 3
Material Types 3
Typescripts 3
Utah 3
Alabama 2
Books 2
Home and Family 2
Immigration and American Expansion 2
Mormon missionaries -- Arizona 2
Photocopies 2
Receipts (Acknowledgments) 2
Religion 2
Saint George (Utah) 2
Scrapbooks 2
Social Life and Customs 2
Address books 1
Alabama -- Pictorial Works 1
Articles 1
Autobiographies 1
Autograph albums 1
Church Government 1
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.) 1
Clubs and Societies 1
Colorado 1
Compact discs 1
Documents 1
East (U.S.) 1
Electronic journals 1
Family records 1
Florida -- History -- Sources 1
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.) -- History 1
Funeral service -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Georgia 1
Great Britain 1
Handbooks and manuals 1
Histories (Literary works) 1
Kentucky 1
Kirtland (Ohio) 1
Latter Day Saint women -- Utah -- Biography 1
Mayors -- Utah -- Provo -- History 1
Minutes (Records) 1
Mississippi 1
Mississippi -- Pictorial works 1
Mormon Church -- Alabama 1
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Florida 1
Mormon Church -- Missions -- North Carolina 1
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Virginia -- History 1
Mormon Church -- Missions -- West Virginia -- History 1
Mormon Church -- Southern States -- History 1
Mormon Church -- Tennessee 1
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail 1
Mormon Pioneer National Historic Trail -- History 1
Mormon church buildings -- Photographs 1
Mormon missionaries -- Diaries 1
Mormon missionaries -- Florida 1
Mormon missionaries -- Great Britain -- Diaries 1
Mormon missionaries -- Kentucky 1
Mormon missionaries -- Northwestern States -- Diaries 1
Mormon missionaries -- Photographs 1
Mormon missionaries -- South Carolina -- Diaries 1
Mormon missionaries -- Southern States -- History -- 20th century 1
Mormon missionaries -- Southern States -- Photographs 1
Mormon missionaries -- Spanish-American Mission -- Diaries 1
Mormon missionaries -- Virginia -- History 1
Mormon missionaries -- West Virginia -- History 1
Mormon women -- Utah -- Correspondence 1
Mormon women missionaries -- Diaries 1
Mormon youth 1
Mormons -- Autographs 1
Mormons -- Diaries 1
Mormons -- Mississippi -- History 1
Mormons -- Southern States 1
Mormons -- Virginia -- History 1
Mormons -- West Virginia -- History 1
Newsletters 1
North Carolina -- Pictorial works 1
Notebooks 1
Ordination -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church) -- History 1
Photograph albums 1
Pioneers 1
Poetry 1
Poetry -- 20th century 1
Politicians -- Utah -- Correspondence 1
Politicians -- Utah -- Provo -- History 1
Postcards 1
+ ∧ less