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Calvin Schwartz Smith and Ethel Lucile Dimond Smith papers

Identifier: MSS 8922

Scope and Contents

Materials include items created or collected by Calvin and Lucile Smith. Most of the items relate to Calvin's time as Chaplain of the 91st Infantry Division during World War I. Also includes some personal papers from his time as an educator in Utah, his missionary diary, family history records, and family photographs. Includes a few items related to Calvin's wife, Lucile, when she was selected as "Utah Mother of the Year" in 1967, a year after Calvin Smith's death, and papers related to her family history and ancestors. Dated 1876-1976.


  • 1876-1976


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in series 3 kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. All other materials are open for public research.

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 / Historical

Calvin Schwartz Smith was born on May 29, 1890, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Joseph F. Smith and Mary Taylor Schwartz. In 1910, he was called to serve the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Swiss and German Mission, where he served until 1913. From 1915 to 1918, Smith served as an instructor at LDS College. On September 28, 1917, he married Ethel Lucile Dimond, and they had seven children together.

In February 1918, Smith was called to serve as an active duty army chaplain for the Ninety-First Infantry Division, and was to primarily look over the nearly 1,800 members of the Church in that division. He was one of three Latter-day Saints to be called to serve as chaplains during World War I. The other two were Herbert B. Maw and B. H. Roberts. Smith did have some combat experiences, often in medical units, and was wounded twice. Joseph F. Smith died before Calvin's return from the battlefields.

After his return from the war, Smith began a career in education. He attended the University of Utah, where he earned a master's degree in education. In 1924, he was appointed as superintendent of the Juab County School District in Nephi, Utah. In 1927, Smith left to earn his doctorate degree in education at the University of Chicago. After receiving his PhD, he taught education courses at the University of Utah.

In 1929, Smith was selected to serve as the superintendent of the Granite School District in Salt Lake County, where he served until 1939. In 1938, he was selected as a member of the first Salt Lake County Library Board. Smith also served on the Granite School District Board of Education for ten years, and was a member of the Salt Lake County Library Association a member of the executive board Utah State Library Association. A Granite School District elementary school in Taylorsville, Utah, and a branch of the Salt Lake County Library are named in his honor.

Calvin Schwartz Smith died June 15, 1966, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Ethel Lucile Dimond was born July 31, 1897, to Thomas Walter Dimond and Nora Bennion. She married Calvin Schwartz Smith, son of Latter-day Saint Church President Joseph F. Smith, on September 28, 1917. Together they had 13 children. Lucile was awarded the "Utah Mother of the Year" award in 1962. Lucile passed away August 15, 1986, in Torrance, California.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.75 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 5 series: 1. Calvin Schwartz Smith chaplain papers, 1917-1926. 2. Calvin Schwartz Smith and Ethel Lucile Dimond Smith personal papers, 1906-1976. 3. Calvin Schwartz Smith and Ethel Lucile Dimond Smith photographs, approximately 1890-1956. 4. Calvin Schwartz Smith artifacts, approximately 1914-1930. 5. Ethel Lucile Dimond Smith family papers, 1876-1935.

Custodial History

Items were in the Calvin Smith family until they were donated or loaned by Brent Smith Rabe, grandson of Calvin Smith, and Elizabeth Nixon, daughter of Brent Rabe, in several installments from 2016-2019. In 2019, additional items were donated by Claudia Smith Landro.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated or loaned; Brent Smith Rabe and Elizabeth Nixon; 2016-2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Claudia Smith Landro; 2019.


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

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital scans of the items are available on M-disc in Box 5.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2017.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan K. Lee; 2021.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2023. Addendum added.

Register of Calvin Schwartz Smith and Ethel Lucile Dimond Smith papers
Ryan K. Lee
2017 April 21
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