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Fisher family correspondence

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 97

Scope and Contents

Contains seventy separate documents, most of which are letters from the friends and family of Willard Fisher between 1849-1897. While the majority of the letters contain personal and family information, some letters include discussions on Church history and society. There are also discussions by Edmond on the Cutlerite Movement in Manti, Iowa.


  • 1849-1897


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 Fisher family correspondence must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

The collection contains letters received by Willard Fisher from various friends and relatives. Willard was a Mormon born February 18, 1801 in Wrenthem, Massachusetts. He lived in Nauvoo during the height of the Mormon occupation. He eventually disassociated himself from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and moved to Wisconsin where he became a prominent citizen. Among the letters in the collection are those from Willard's brothers, Edmund and Rufus. Both were born in Massachusetts. Edmund on July 7, 1803 and Rufus on December 11, 1804. Both Men were active in the LDS Church. While Rufus and his family eventually emigrated to Utah, Edmund remained behind in Iowa where he became associated with Alpheus Cutler and his Church of Christ movement.


1 folder (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Holograph letters written to Willard Fisher from various friends and relatives including his brother Edmund and Rufus. Most of the items deal with family and personal matters, but some include discussions on Mormon Church history and society. Edmund also tells about the Cutlerite Movement (Church of Christ) with which he had become associated.

Other Finding Aids

Register available in repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased in 1976 from Steven Barnett.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Holographs, signed.

Processing Information

Processed; Craig L. Foster; 1980.

Register of Fisher family correspondence
Garrett Schroath
2011 February
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