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J. P. Schell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 4169

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists primarily of handwritten correspondence between James Schell and his mother and wife-to-be, between 1872 and 1875. It also includes journals of his life as a Presbyterian minister from 1886-1906, as well as books he wrote about his experiences as a minister and missionary in the Western United States, between 1892 and 1922.


  • 1872-1922


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 J. P. Schell papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

James Peery Schell (1845-) traveled around the world doing missionary work.

James Peery Schell was born on January 29, 1845, in Iowa City, Iowa. He married Margaret Melissa Plumer on January 5, 1875, in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. He devoted his life to the Lord’s service, traveling all over the western United States, and even as far as Europe, preaching and recording his experiences. He kept daily journals of his work, and wrote books based on them, as well as poetry.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The personal correspondence, journals and authored books of J.P. Schell, 1872-1922.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Jonathan Flaccus of the Unique Antique in Putney, Vermont, in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Jonathan Flaccus; 1993.

Appraisal note

American West (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Amanda Clark; 23 July 2007.

Register of J. P. Schell papers
Karen Glenn and Amanda Clark, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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