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Abel S. Rich journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8666

Scope and Contents

Contains four journals kept by Abel S. Rich during his mission presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Canada Mission headquartered in Toronto, Ontario. Materials dated 1934-1938.


  • 1934-1938


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 Abel S. Rich journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Abel S. Rich (1883-1952) was a mayor, Utah state senator, stake president and a mission president for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Toronto, Ontario.

Abel Sargent Rich was born September 16, 1883, near Paris, Idaho to Abel G. Rich and Mary Jane Innes. On June 18, 1908, he married Alice Redd in Salt Lake City. They later had six children. After working as an agricultural teacher at the high school in Brigham City, Rich was hired to go across the street from the school to open the second released-time seminary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He continued to work there for thirty-six years, during which time he taught Boyd K. Packer (who later filled a prominent leadership position in the Church) his first seminary class and was serving as principal of the seminary when Packer took a position there as a teacher himself. Rich was elected as mayor of Brigham City, Utah, in 1928 and served until 1930. From 1935 to 1938 Rich served as the mission president of the Canadian mission of the Church. In 1941, he was elected as a Utah state senator representing the 1st Utah Senate District and remained in that position until 1943.

Rich passed away on August 14, 1952.


4 folders (0.08 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Mary Goodwin in 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Goodwin; 2015.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.


Register of Abel S. Rich journals
Clarissa McIntire
2015 January 29
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