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George Facer Family Organization collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2358

Scope and Contents note

Includes the farm accounting ledgers of George Facer and his son Joseph Facer, family genealogical information, and personal diary entries of George and his wife Mary Jarvis Facer. George Facer's account documents farm life and economy in Utah in the second half of the 19th century. The collection also contains the minutes of the George Facer Family Organization along with a transcript of the minutes, Facer family historical and genealogical information (including the family names of Prior, Jarvis, Brown and others from Huntingdonshire, England), a family Book of Remembrance, a newspaper article, and a Temple Record book kept by Mary Prior Facer. The latter contains family genealogical data and the dates that LDS Temple work was completed for each ancestor. The records include references to polygamist marriages. The collection documents the family living in Willard City, Utah; Cache County, Utah; Brigham City, Utah; and the Salt Lake Valley.


  • 1883-2001


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Microfilm copies are open without restriction. Access to original materials with permission from the supervisor of reference services (boxes 3-4 open without restriction).

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the George Facer Family Organization collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George Facer was an early LDS Church member and a convert from England. The George Facer Family Organization was formed in 1928 and was suspended in 2001.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains diaries, books, and other documents related to the Facer family, life in 19th and early-20th century Utah, and the LDS Church.

Arrangement note

Arranged in 4 series: 1. Facer family records, 1776-2001; 2. George Facer Family Organization newspaper articles, 1952; 3. George Facer family genealogical information; and 4. George Facer Family Organization family books, 1883-1977.

Other Finding Aids note

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

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

This collection was retained by the Facer family until donated to BYU in 2001. The final family members holding this material were the donors.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Facer family; 2001.

Appraisal note

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

Existence and Location of Copies note

Microfilm copy available for boxes 1 and 2.

Processing Information note

Processed; Taylor M. Dix; November, 2003.

Register of the George Facer Family Organization collection
Taylor M. Dix
November, 2003
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.
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