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Gottfredson family papers

 Collection — Folder: 16
Identifier: MSS 7615

Scope and Contents

Contains family histories, journals, scrapbooks, correspondence, personal records, and various publications, all related to the personal and professional lives of Peter and Alice Gottfredson and David and Irma Gottfredson. Includes information on the Black Hawk Wars in the Richfield/Manti area, World War I, World War II in Italy and North Africa, temple work in the St. George Temple, and medical work in Richfield and Salt Lake City. Also includes family histories on the Gottfredson, Keeler, Gledhill, Bringhurst, Grainger, Steele, and Salkield families. Materials dated approximately 1865-2008.


  • approximately 1865-2008


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 Gottfredson family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The Gottfredson family settled in Utah in 1858, mostly in the Richfield and Manti area.

Jens and Karen Jensen Gottfredon joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and emigrated to the United States in 1855 with their children, which included Peter Gottfredson. In 1858, they trekked with a handcart company to the Salt Lake Valley, and eventually settled in Richfield, Utah. Peter Gottfredson became involved in the local militia during the Black Hawk War when Native Americans threatened to chase the Saints out of the Richfield/Manti area. In 1872 he married Amelia Gledhill. They had nine children together before Amelia passed away in 1893. Later that year, Peter married Alice Keeler Hatch, and before they divorced in 1913, they had five children together. After their divorce, Peter traveled to compile his life's work, a book on the history of the Indian Wars in Utah. Alice was a temple worker in the Manti and St. George temples. The fourth of Peter and Alice's children was David Booth Gottfredson, who served in World War I, married Irma Grainger in 1922, and went to medical school at Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri. They had five children together, four of whom lived to adulthood. David Booth Gottfredson also served as a Colonel in North Africa and Italy in World War II. He was discharged due to illness and injury in 1944. David and Irma's early married life was spent in Richfield, but following World War II, they lived and worked in the Salt Lake City area.

David passed away in 1977, and Irma in 1988.


1 oversize box (1.66 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

13 cartons (13 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into two series: 1. Peter Gottfredson and Alice Adell Keeler Hatch Gottfredson family papers, 1865-2001. 2. David Booth Gottfredson and Irma Grainger Gottfredson family papers, 1898-2008.

Other Finding Aids

An additional finding aid is available in the repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Joyce Gottfredson Johnson, daughter of David Gottfredson, in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joyce Gottfredson Johnson; 2010.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

The Gottfredson family helped to settle the Manti/Richfield area and is a long-time Utah family.

Processing Information

Processed; Audrey Spainhower, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of Gottfredson family papers
Audrey Spainhower
October 2010
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