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Vesta Smith photographs

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 118

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs related to the Crump family, including images of Mormon missionaries and family friends. Photographs were collected by Vesta Smith. Dated approximately 1900 to 1989.


  • approximately 1900-1989


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folder 1: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 2: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice.

Biographical / Historical

Vesta Smith was born on July 10, 1937, in Bluffdale, Utah, to Reynold Wilford Crump and Myrtle Almira Frost. She attended Utah State University for a short time and then decided to pack up and move with some girl friends to California. Once there she worked as a stenographer for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. She also spent some time in Hawaii and as a student at Brigham Young University. She married Dr. Joseph Smith on August 23, 1963 in the Logan Utah Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Joe had six children from a previous marriage, most of whom would live with them in Salt Lake City. Additionally, they had two daughters together. The Smith family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974, when Joe began law school. Vesta also went back to school at George Washington University. She began working for a mother's volunteer organization, the American Mothers, Inc.


2 folders (0.04 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Partial inventory available in repository.

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Vesta Smith in 1975, 1983, and 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Vesta Smith; 1975, 1983, 1987.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the Vesta Smith papers (MSS 1659 and MSS SC 3318).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; August 2022. Updating finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Vesta Smith photographs
Under Revision
Cory Nimer
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