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Carlos Ashby Badger papers

Identifier: MSS 1485

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of personal correspondence and some business correspondence dating from 1903 to 1906. At this time Badger was in the employment of former Senator Reed Smoot of Utah, serving as his secretary. A large portion of the correpondence is from senator Smoot while Smoot was conducting business in Utah, primarily Provo. At this time Badger was living in Washington D.C. There is also correspondence from General Authorties of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and leading political figures of that time. The majority of this correspondence is from George Albert Smith.

There are also six volumes of scrapbooks compiled by Badger dealing with the investigation of Senator Smoot concerning charges that he was practicing polygamy. This contains articles from newspapers of major cities of the U.S. and not just newspapers from Utah and/or Washington D.C. There are two more scrapbooks that deal with Mormon lifestyle and Utah Republican politics of that time.

The journals of Badger's wife, formerly Rose Jenkins, dating from 1895 to 1900 tells of her teaching experiences and with her courtship with Badger.


  • 1895-1910


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Carlos Ashby Badger papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Carlos Ashby Badger, prominent Salt Lake City attorney was born in 1878. He attended school in Salt Lake City and graduated from the L.D.S. Academy. He served for two years on a mission in Colorado. He served as a secretary for former Senator Reed Smoot from 1903 to 1908. It was during this time that Senator Smoot was being investigated by the Senate for practicing polygamy. He then returned to Utah. He served in the National Guard, where he eventually became promoted to Brigadier General. He pursued a law career following graduation from law school. He also worked actively with the Boy Scouts of America. He died from an accidental gun wound in 1939.

His wife, formerly Rose Jenkins, was born in 1877. She was educated in Salt Lake City and graduated from the L.D.S. Academy. She became a teacher and taught in Salt Lake City and in the Salt Lake County schools until she married Carlos A. Badger in 1900. She was active in church work and in pursuing a literary career until her death in 1937.


8 boxes (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains information on Utah history and politics and historical information on Mormon lifestyle during the turn of the twentienth century.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Custodial History note

Donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1976, by his daughter, Alice B. Quinn, of Bountiful, Utah.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Alice B. Quinn; 1976.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, 2010;

Register of the Carlos Ashby Badger papers, 1895-1910
L. Tom Perry Special Collections
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States