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Joseph Byron Smith papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8056

Scope and Contents

Contains several documents relating to Joseph Byron Smith's family history and the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saint. Includes a letter to the editor written by Smith and its response, a couple of letters from Smith's father, Joseph Bailey Smith, regarding family history, and documents relating to the Joseph Smith, Sr. Family Reunion, such as invitations and information. Dated 1923-1975.


  • 1923-1975


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2025. Contact the Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Joseph Byron Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Joseph Byron Smith (1906-1997) was a descendant of Joseph Smith, Sr. and a convert to the Mormon church.

Joseph Byron Smith was born on December 1, 1906 to Joseph Bailey and Effie Howell Smith. He grew up in Utah and married Emma Elvira Jones in 1925. They had three children. Originally a member of the Reorganized Latter-Day Saints church, he converted to the Mormon church after seventeen years. He was a representative of the Samuel H. Smith branch of the Joseph Smith, Sr. family. He died in on August 8, 1997.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)




Files left in their original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Joseph B. Smith in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joseph B. Smith; 1975.


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.)

Smith was a descendant of Joseph Smith, Sr. and these documents relate to LDS history.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Register of the Joseph Byron Smith papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor
24 May 2012
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