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William Henry King papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4106

Scope and Contents note

Contains notes of Utah Senator William H. King from August 2, 1923 to August 18, 1923, documenting his visit to the Soviet Union. He describes the Soviet Union’s hospitals, poverty, propaganda, religious beliefs, and treatment of the military. He visits the house where the Romanovs were executed. He visits some orphans who are recovering from starvation and disease with the help of the Near East Relief organization. The papers contain notes from interviews in addition to these eyewitness narratives.


  • 1923


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

William Henry King (1863-1949) was a lawyer, judge, and politician. He served as a United States senator for the state of Utah.

William Henry King was born June 3, 1863 in Fillmore, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University and the University of Utah. He served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1880-1883 in Great Britain. He then returned home and was elected to various positions in Fillmore and Millard County. He graduated from the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor Law Department, was admitted to the bar in 1890, and began practicing law in Utah.

He served as the president of the Territorial Council in 1891, and then became an associate justice of the Utah Supreme Court from 1894-1896. He was then elected to Congress when Utah was admitted as a state and served until 1899. In 1916 he was elected as a senator to the United States Senate and served there until 1941. He then practiced law in Washington, D.C., until 1947 when he returned to Utah. He died November 27, 1949.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Notes and other papers of Utah Senator William H. King from August 2, 1923 to August 18, 1923, documenting his visit to the Soviet Union.

Custodial History note

Donated by Gary True in 1990.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Gary True; 1990.

Appraisal note

Utah political history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts).

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Le Kirk Letter, 1929 (MSS 3940) and Gary True's "The Unofficial Tour of the Russian Frontier, 1923" (MSS 4103).


162 pages typed, with editing marks. Photocopies of some handwritten journal pages are included.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 6 July 2007.

Register of William Henry King papers
H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
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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