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Harris L. Vincent ephemera, 1931-1940

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3118 Series 5

Scope and Contents

Consists of priesthood blessings (setting apart Elder Vincent for missionary work and his patriarchal blessing), three calendars, cards (business, appointment, blank postcards), and inspirational missionary thoughts and materials. Contains two ledgers tracking mission related expenses and ecclesiastical work. Includes “The Improvement Era” magazine (August 1938), one ration book, three maps, money, newspaper clippings (from Salt Lake City, Utah), Heber J. Grant pamphlets, passport and travel certificates. Elder Vincent also kept passenger lists, menus, and various kinds of programs (KSL Radio programs, missionary farewell, mission newsletters). Also contains stamps, receipts, tags, labels, one school report on oil production in Utah and Wyoming, telegrams to and from Elder Vincent’s father regarding Elder Vincent’s travels, and loose envelopes (including “Tin-Can Mail”).


  • 1931-1940

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Harris L. Vincent mission papers, must be obtained from the Permissions & Licensing Office of the University and the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Harris LeRoy Vincent, son of Daniel Harris and Hulda Amelia Nilsson Vincent, was born October 12, 1917 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He earned his high school diploma from South High in 1935. Vincent attended the University of Utah and played varsity basketball and football. He served an mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tonga from 1937 to 1940. During his assignment he served as mission secretary. On January 16, 1942, Vincent married Ina Reynolds in the Salt Lake City Temple. Vincent's five children included two sons, Harris Reynolds Vincent and Theron Reynolds Vincent, and three daughters Janel Vincent Harrison, Shauna Mae Vincent, and Melodie Ina Vincent. Harris LeRoy Vincent worked forty years as a salesman for Graybar Electric Company. His church callings included: eight years in the bishopric, Sunday School teacher and president, served two Stake missions, and as Stake scoutmaster. He was a High Priest in the Waterloo Ward of the Wells Stake in Salt Lake City. Vincent volunteered for the Community Action Program. Vincent died from a cardiac arrest in Salt Lake City on March 19, 1991.


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