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Whitmer family papers and photographs

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3198

Scope and Contents

Three items, as follows: 1) Civil War letter dated 13 September 1864, "Camp near St. Joseph, Missouri," written from A. [Alexander] Whitmer to his father, John. 1 pg. writes that one boy has been discharged and that some of the boys are homesick; 2) Printed program for the "Sunday School and Religion Convention of the Far West District." St. Joseph, Missouri, Jan. 16-17, 1915; 3) Prints of 26 digitally scanned photographs relating to the Whitmer family. Most are unidentified except for a few surmises written in pencil by the curator. Includes what may be a picture of the John Whitmer home in Far West, Missouri.


  • 1864-1915

Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Whitmer family papers and photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Whitmer was one of the first members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and one of the Eight Witnesses to the Book of Mormon. Among other things he was commissioned to write a history of the Church by Joseph Smith and was editor of the Messenger and Advocate in Kirtland, Ohio, for a time. Along with W. W. Phelps, he located Far West, Missouri, as a gathering place for the Saints, purchased property there, and identified a temple site. After parting with the Church he remained in Far West, Missouri.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Betty L. Jones; 2005.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Whitmer family papers and photographs
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 15
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