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Charles Smith papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 554

Scope and Contents

Holographs with partial typescripts (photocopies) and typescript (photocopy). The journal tells of his life in England, Nauvoo, Illinois and Washington County, Utah, missions to England and Europe, and his life in the United Order as a polygamist. The journal 1860-1862 is written completely in Pitman shorthand. Record book includes family names and Latter-day Saint Church temple ordinances completed. Also included are an autobiographical sketch, an obituary, a memorium written by a grandchild, and an autobiographical record.


  • 1840-1905


Conditions Governing Access

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

Biographical History

Mormon pioneer and missionary.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Mary Ann Matheson in 1975. Shorthand journal gift of the Deseret Museum.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Ann Matheson; 1975.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcriptions available in Folder 3-6.

Materials Specific Details

Originals restricted (except 1860-1862 journal).

Register of Charles Smith papers
Morgan Crockett
2010 July 12
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