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Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8064

Content Description

Contains four scrapbooks of Ballard documenting his service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including missionary work and the development of the welfare program. Scrapbooks include newspaper clippings, programs, and letters. Dated 1893 to 1945.


  • 1893-1945


Conditions Governing Access

Open to public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Melvin Joseph Ballard (1873-1939) was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Melvin Joseph Ballard was born on February 9, 1873 in Logan, Utah Territory, to Henry Ballard and Margaret McNeal. He attended Brigham Young University and graduated in 1884. In June 1896, he married Martha A. Jones and only a month later left on a mission to the larger cities of the eastern United States. He was transferred to the Northern States Mission and returned to Utah in December of 1898. In 1899, along with Joseph E. Cardon, he organized the Logan Knitting Factory. He served as the Mission president of the Northwestern States Mission. Ballard was ordained an apostle and became a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles on January 7, 1919. He died of leukemia in 1939.


2 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1978.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Erin Owens; October 29, 2015.

Register of Melvin Joseph Ballard scrapbooks
Erin Owens
2015 October 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