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Vesta Smith family papers, circa 1941-1999

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1659 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains papers relating to the Joseph and Vesta Smith family. Includes correspondence, photographs, news clippings, genealogical materials, church publications, scrapbooks, diaries, cards, recipes, calendars, an autobiography, and other materials. The materials document Smith's family life, service in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, travels, and education.


  • circa 1941-1999


Conditions Governing Access

Privacy restricted until 2037; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Vesta Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Vesta Smith (born 1937) is a Mormon author in the District of Columbia. She served as president of American Mothers, Inc.

Vesta was born on July 10, 1937, in Bluffdale, Utah, to Reynold Wilford Crump and Myrtle Almira Frost. She attended Utah State University for a short time and then decided to pack up and move with some girl friends to California. Once there she worked as a stenographer for McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm. Then she spent a year in Hawaii with friends and in 1959 decided to attend Brigham Young University. After the death of her mother that same year, she stopped school to live with her father. She saved while she worked, took a trip to Europe and when she came home met Dr. Joseph Smith, a doctor at the LDS Hospital in Salt Lake City. After a long up-and-down romance, the two were married August 23, 1963, in the Logan Temple. Joe had six children from a previous marriage, most of whom would live with them in Salt Lake City. Additionally, they had two daughters together. The Smith family moved to Washington, D.C., in 1974 when Joe began law school. Vesta also went back to school at George Washington University. She began working for a mothers volunteer organization, the American Mothers, Inc., which is where many of the papers of this collection come from. Aside from the AMI papers, the collection contains many church papers related to her church callings (especially in Washington, D.C.) and her family history work.


1 box

82 folders

18 cartons

3 oversize boxes

Language of Materials


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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States