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Sidney J. Ottley papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1826

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, financial ledgers, newsletters, an autobiography, greeting cards, and a scrapbook. The diaries relate to Ottley's missions for the Church in New Zealand and Great Britain and to his service as mission president also in New Zealand starting in 1951. The correspondence is between family members. The photographs in the scrapbook were taken during his mission presidency in the 1950s.


  • 1912-1978


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 Sidney J. Ottley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Sidney J. Ottley (1890-1982) was a Mormon businessman in Utah.

Sidney James Ottley was born on September 2, 1890 in South Cottonwood, Utah to Edward and Thirza Ottley. He served as a missionary in New Zealand from 1912 to 1916, and later returned as a mission president in 1951. Ottley died in 1982 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


6 boxes (3 linear in.)

1 oversize box (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lael Pedersen; 1984.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Related Materials

Box 6 is a scrapbook that includes many photos taken while Ottley was a mission president for the Church in New Zealand. Most of the photos have been moved to the cold vault for preservation purposes, a few were left in the scrapbook, because they are glued to the page. To preserve the composition of the scrapbook, photocopies have been placed where the originals were located.

Register of Sidney J. Ottley papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 12
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