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Newel Kimball Whitney collection of correspondence, 1837-1845

Identifier: Vault MSS 76 Series 1 Sub-Series 2

Scope and Contents

Contains letters pertaining to the operations of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its expanding activities. Several are directed to Joseph Smith, and some were written by him or by officials representing him. Others were sent either to or from other prominent figures, including Bishop Newel K. Whitney and Bishop George Miller, who acted for a time with Bishop Whitney as a trustee-in-trust of the Church. Also contains correspondence related to the Whitney family and the Groo family. Materials date from between 1837 and 1845.


  • 1837-1845


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; permission to use original materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use microfilm copies.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Newel Kimball Whitney (1795-1850) was a American merchant, pioneer, and ecclesiastical leader. He served as the second general bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (1831-1850).

Newel Kimball Whitney was born on February 5, 1795 at Marlborough, Windham County, Vermont to Samuel and Susanna Kimball Whitney. Whitney joined the Church in Ohio in 1830, and was a personal friend of Joseph Smith (1805-1844) who founded that faith. He also served as associate justice and treasurer of the provincial state of Deseret (later Utah) in 1849. He married seven times; his wives included Elizabeth Ann Smith (1800-1882, m. 1822), Ann Houston (1821-1848, m. 1846), Elizabeth Almira Pond (1827-1899, m. 1846), Abigail Augusta Pond (m. 1846), Olive M. Bishop (1807-1852, m. 1846), Elizabeth Moore (1826-1858, m. 1846), Henrietta Keyes (1821-1901, m. 1846), and Emmeline Blanche Woodward (1828-1921, m. 1849). Whitney died on September 3, 1850 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


30 folders

Language of Materials



Letters are placed under the name of the originator of the given document, with such persons being listed alphabetically in the collection. There is an exception to this rule, where the sender is not a prominent figure or is not a well-known Latter-day Saint. In such cases, the given letter is listed under the receiver. Following this arrangement, incoming and outgoing letters are listed under their respective figures in a single chronological sequence.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

Available on microfilm in repository.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States