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Lorraine Morton Ashton collection on Ermel J. Morton

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6273

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of papers relating to the dictionary Ermel J. Morton, a Mormon missionary who went to Tonga, created from English to Tongan and Tongan to English, his accounts of his mission and translating the Book of Mormon, a history of his wife, a catalog of his materials from home, a typed copy of the talks at his funeral and a Tongan grammar book. There is also a book written about the time the family spent in Tonga.


  • 1956-2011


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Tongan.

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 Lorraine Morton Ashton collection of papers relating to Ermel J. Morton must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Lorraine Morton Ashton (born 1944) is an American author.

Lorraine Morton Ashton was born December 23, 1944, to Ermel Joseph Morton and Lena Gertsch. She compiled nearly two thousand photographic images from missionaries and teachers in Tonga and published these images in a book entitled "Pictures of Tonga, 1936-1958." She also has compiled many materials about her father's life in Tonga and the time she spent there with him.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)


Materials left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Lorraine Morton Ashton in 1995 and 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lorraine Morton Ashton; 1995.

Donated; Lorraine Morton Ashton; 2011.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.) Ermel J. Morton contributed to the translation of the Book of Mormon from English to Tongan.

Related Materials

See also the Ermel J. Morton manuscript and notes on the Tongan Mission (MSS 7566).

Processing Information

Processed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of Lorraine Morton Ashton collection on Ermel J. Morton
Katie Connors, student processor
2008 August 28
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