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Joseph Hatten Carpenter diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 349

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries, notes, account books, correspondence, and a translation of the Book of Mormon into the Samoan language. Carpenter writes about his mission for the Mormon Church in Samoa and about his activities as a resident of Manti. Late in life, Carpenter moved to Salt Lake City, Utah. Also included is a printed copy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten diary. Carpenter also writes about his early life and his travels to northern Germany and France in 1884 and 1885.


  • 1884-1961


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 Joseph Hatten Carpenter diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Joseph Hatten Carpenter (1961-1964) was a Mormon clerk in Utah.

Joseph Hatten Carpenter was born on April 4, 1861 at Devonport, Devonshire, England to Robert Wright Carpenter and Elizabeth Link Hatten. After completing his studies he worked for a large mercantile firm in London, and in 1886 decided to help settle Australia. The following year he voyaged to San Francisco with the intention of living in California, but he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and ended up in Salt Lake City, Utah, where he worked in the Salt Lake County recorder's office. He then served a three-year mission in Samoa. Upon returning home, he moved to Manti, Utah and obtained employment as city recorder for Manti, then at the Manti City Bank, where he worked for sixteen years. In March 1911, Joseph quit his job to become a full-time recorder in the Manti Temple. He also actively participated in the Genealogical Society of Utah. In 1953, at the age of ninety-three, he retired as temple recorder but continued to conduct genealogical research. He died at home in Manti, Utah on December 10, 1964.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Don A. Carpenter, desecendant of Joseph Hatten Carpenter, in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Don A. Carpenter; August 2018.


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

Existence and Location of Copies

Printed copy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten diary: This item was photocopied from reel 7 of the 920 microfilm collection.

Related Materials

Microform copy of vols. 1-4 including partial Book of Mormon manuscript available at SCM 33.

Processing Information

Processed; Andrea Wyss, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Accession added; Grace Bithell, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2019.

Register of Joseph Hatten Carpenter diaries
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 7
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