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Mary Ockander papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6450

Scope and Contents note

Mary was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saint only five years after women began to serve missions. She was called to the Central States Mission, which included the town of Independence, Missouri, in its vast land expanse. Independence was one of the first missions established in the Latter-day Saint Church, making the Central States Mission one of the oldest missions in the Church's history. Mary's journal is important due to the fact that she served in the first decade that women began to be called on missions. It is also important because it contains information about the Central States Mission, and she records talks and advice given by the Latter-day Saint prieshtood leaders who presided over her and her fellow missionaries. There is also a folder containing loose papers such as grade reports and Article of Faith cards. 1903-1904.

Dates

  • 1903-1904

Creator

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

Biographical History

Mary Ockander (1876-1914) was an American immigrant from Sweden that served a mission for the Latter-day Saint Church.

Mary Ockander (1876-1914) was born in Sweden and immigrated to the United States around the turn of the 20th century. Shortly after moving to Salt Lake City, Mary was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was sent to the Central States Mission. During her mission, Mary kept an intricate journal recording the talks and doctrines taught to her and other missionaries in conferences, her daily life, and her spiritual experiences. Following her mission, Mary married Gustave W. Forsberg, also a Swedish native, and started a family. Her descendents include Thomas (Ted) Edgar Lyon, Jr.

Extent

2 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language

English

Abstract

Journal contains information about the life of Mary Ockander while serving as a Latter-day Saint missionary in what was then the Central States Mission. There is also a folder containing loose papers such as grade reports and Article of Faith cards.

Custodial History note

Maintained by Ted Lyon, grandson of Mary Ockander, until time of donation.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Ted Lyon; 2007.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; journal kept during the first five years in which Latter-day Saint women began to be called on missions.

Related Archival Materials note

See also T. Edgar Lyon: a teacher in Zion (BX 8670.1 .L995 L 2002; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah).

See also Ted Lyon Papers (MSS 6293; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah).

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2008.
Title
Register of Mary Ockander papers
Status
Completed
Author
Lissa Bogart
Date
2008
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