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William Smith papers

Identifier: MSS 3759

Scope and Contents

Materials include William Smith's account book, life history, journal, and newspaper clippings. The journal contains Smith's accounting notes, his life history, and some newspaper clippings glued to the inside front cover. Seven loose or unattached newspaper clippings document natural disasters, death, and theological discussions are also a part of the collection. Dated 1869-1911.


  • 1869-1911


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

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

Biographical History

William Smith (1824-1915) was an English-born Mormon convert.

William Smith was born April 12, 1824 in Macclesfield, Cheshire, England to parents William Smith and Mary Etchells. Smith's father died when he was a young boy, so he was raised by his mother. He was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on April 8, 1840, and he served a partial Mormon mission in England in approximately 1852. He married his first wife Ann Ormandy on May 12, 1845 in Cheshire, England and they had two children before her death on September 17, 1850. He then married his second wife, Mary Hibbert on June 27, 1852 and they had nine children together. In 1856, Smith immigrated to America with his family and his mother; they arrived in St. Louis, Missouri and later trekked west to be with the Saints in the Salt Lake Valley. Once they arrived in Salt Lake, Smith worked as a brick maker.

William Smith died September 10, 1915 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Folder-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Donated by Debra S. Hadfield in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Debra S. Hadfield; 2007.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies also available in Folder 1.

Processing Information

Processed; Kaila Brown; April 2007.

Register of William Smith papers
Benjamin Sipes
2011 June 13
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