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Francis W. Kirkham papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1562

Scope and Contents

Contains various papers from Kirkham, documenting his work with The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Utah education system, the Cooperative Life Insurance Association, and his personal life. Included are correspondence, personal papers (including biographical information), scrapbooks, leaflets, pamphlets, brochures, and various other materials. Materials date from between approximately 1877 and 1972.

Dates

  • approximately 1877-1972

Creator

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 the Francis W. Kirkham papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Francis W. Kirkham (1877-1972) was an educator and businessman in Utah.

Francis Washington Kirkham was born in 1877 in Lehi, Utah. He is known as a prominent educator as well as the author of "New Witness for the Christ in America: Evidence of Divine Power in the 'Coming Forth' of the Book of Mormon." At the young age of fifteen, Kirkham studied business under James E. Talmage, a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Kirkham attended Brigham Young Academy; however, his studies were placed on hold for three years while he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. His mission inspired him to write a grammar book to help new missionaries learn the Maori language. In 1901, Francis W. Kirkham was married in the Salt Lake City Temple to Martha Alzina Robinson. He also returned to Brigham Young Academy (BYU), graduating in 1904 as valedictorian. After graduating from BYA, Kirkham worked as a businessman in Canada for three years. He later attended the University of Michigan for his bachelors degree, following which he taught at Brigham Young University for two years. Francis W. Kirkham decided to enroll in law school at the University of Utah where he was in the law school's first graduating class. He continued his graduate studies at Stanford and went on to earn his Ph.D. at the University of California, Berkley. For a period of time Francis W. Kirkham served as the president of the LDS Business College, the head of vocational education for the State of Utah and the superintendent of the Granite School District. While serving as the superintendent of the Granite School District he wrote the book "Educating all the Children of all the People." The book gained him national recognition and led to Kirkham being appointed the head of the New York City-based National Child Welfare Association. During his time in New York, Kirkham studeied the Book of Mormon in depth as he had greater access to resources within the area. He published a compilation of these works in 1937 entitled "Source Material on the Book of Mormon" which was the main basis for his book "A New Witness..." Kirkham later also worked as a manager for a Salt Lake City-based insurance company for several years. Francis W. Kirkham died in 1972.

Extent

18 cartons (18 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language

English

Arrangement

Arranged into five series: 1. Francis W. Kirkham personal papers, 1877-1972. 2. Francis W. Kirkham business papers, 1921-1962. 3. Francis W. Kirkham educational papers, 1911-1970. 4. Francis W. Kirkham papers on Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1921-1969. 5. Francis W. Kirkham miscellaneous, 1898-1947.

Custodial History

Purchased from Francis W. Kirkham in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Francis W. Kirkham; 1981.

Appraisal

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Kiren Dulai; 2010.
Title
Register of Francis W. Kirkham papers
Status
Completed
Author
Kiren Dulai, student processor; John Murphy, curator
Date
2009 March 19
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States