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Whitney family papers, 1817-1910, 1957

Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence, diaries, account books, patriarchal blessings, and other materials related to various members of the Whitney family. Includes information on the early history of the Church and the migration to Utah, as well as missionary life, personal business and social activities, and other aspects of Mormon life. Materials date from between 1817 and 1910.


  • 1817-1910
  • 1957


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use original materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use microfilm copies.

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 History

The Whitney family were early Mormon converts and pioneers. Newel Kimball Whitney (1795-1850) was joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Ohio in 1830, and was a personal friend of Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who founded that faith. He also served as associate justice and treasurer of the provincial state of Deseret (later Utah) in 1849. He married eight times; his wives included Elizabeth Ann Smith (1800-1882, m. 1822), Ann Houston (1821-1848, m. 1846), Elizabeth Almira Pond (1827-1899, m. 1846), Abigail Augusta Pond (m. 1846), Olive M. Bishop (1807-1852, m. 1846), Elizabeth Moore (1826-1858, m. 1846), Henrietta Keyes (1821-1901, m. 1846), and Emmeline Blanche Woodward (1828-1921, m. 1849).


2 boxes

Language of Materials



Arranged in four subseries: 1. Newel Kimball Whitney papers. 2. Elizabeth Ann Smith Whitney papers. 3. Papers of the Whitney family children. 4. Whitney family correspondence and other material.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in repository.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States