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Eliza R. Snow wooden box and spoon

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9052

Content Description

Contains a round wooden box that belonged to Eliza R. Snow. It was donated to the BYU President's Office in 1973 by H. R. Wilson of Santa Rosa, California. According to description by donor, the box belonged to Eliza R. Snow and was used when going to Utah in early 1846-1847. The box includes a wooden spoon that supposedly came with the box.


  • approximately 1846-1847


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necesssary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Eliza R. Snow wooden box and spoon collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Eliza R. Snow (1804-1887) was a Mormon poet in Utah.

Eliza Roxey Snow was born January 21, 1804 in Becket, Massachusetts to Oliver Snow and Rosetta Lenora Pettibone. Her family moved to Ohio while she was a child, where she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1835. She followed the early migrations of the Saints, working as a teacher in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1842 she married Joseph Smith, and after his death married Brigham Young in 1849.

Snow was deeply involved in the Church, participating in the organization of the Relief Society and later serving as its second general president. She was also a noted author and poet in pioneer Utah. Snow died on December 5, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable

Custodial History

Donated by H.R. Wilson to the BYU President's Office on December 29, 1973.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; H.R. Wilson; Decenber 29, 1973.


LDS and Utah and the American West cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.1 and 4, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Shaelyn Stohl, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2018.

Register of Eliza R. Snow wooden box and spoon
Shaelyn Stohl
2018 March 20
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