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David and Ira P. Hale papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7614

Scope and Contents

Collection includes the originals, photocopies, and digital scans of a ledger used by David Hale and two notebooks used by Ira P. Hale. Also includes a photocopy and a typescript of a letter from Lorenzo D. Wasson, Emma Smith, and a third author to David Hale. The handwriting may be from Joseph Smith, but it is unsigned. Original documents date from 1827 to 1888.


  • 1827-1888


Conditions Governing Access

Access to originals restricted due to condition, photocopies and digital scans 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 David and Ira Hale papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David Hale (1794-1878) was a farmer in Pennsylvania and Illinois. He was the brother of Emma Hale Smith.

David Hale was born on March 7, 1794 in Harmony, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania to parents Isaac Hale and Elizabeth Lewis; he was Emma Hale Smith's older brother. Hale served as a soldier during the War of 1812. He married Rhoda Jane Skinner at Harmony, Pennsylvannia in 1823 and they had five children. In approximately the 1840s he moved to Illinois and continued to work as a farmer. While he knew Joseph Smith during his lifetime, he never joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Hale died on April 16, 1878 in Amboy, Illinois.

Biographical History

Ira P. Hale (b. 1824) was a minister, teacher, and local official in Nevada. He was also the oldest son of David Hale.

Ira P. Hale was born in 1824 in Harmony, Susquehanna, Pennsylvania to parents David Hale and Rhonda Jane Skinner. In 1880, Ira lived in Nevada where he worked as a minister, teacher, and local official.

Hale's death date is currently unknown.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

2 oversize boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by David Smallwood, Dolly Headley, and Tom Poe, descendants of David Hale, in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; David Smallwood, Dolly Headley, and Tom Poe; 2010.


LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western manuscripts collection development policy, 1 V. November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Audrey Spainhower and Amie Spear, student manuscript processors, and John Murphy and David Whittaker, curators; 2010.

Register of David and Ira P. Hale papers
Amie Spear
2010 August 4
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