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R. A. Dowdle diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 530

Scope and Contents note

Handwritten diaries by R. A. Dowdle about his experiences in Tahiti and in others of the Society Islands as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, accompanied by a songbook of English and Tahitian songs. Collection also includes a journal from Dowdle's service in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association, and photocopies of all items.


  • 1899-1902


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 R.A. Dowdle diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

R. A. Dowdle (1870-1927) was a Mormon farmer from Newton, Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Society Island between 1899 and 1902.

Robert Amos Dowdle was born December 11, 1870 in Willard, Utah, to John Clark Dowdle and Orpha Warner. He served as a Mormon missionary to the Society Islands from 1899-1902. He was sealed to Mary Ann Larsen on November 11, 1903 in the Logan, Utah, LDS Temple. Robert Dowdle died October 20, 1927.


3 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Five handwritten diaries, with photocopies, documenting Robert A. Dowdle's mission to the Society Islands. Also included is a journal of the MIA Stake Mission of the Utah Stake.

Custodial History note

Donated by Defonda Collier in 1987 and 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Defonda Collier; 1987 and 1994.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 8 May 2007.

Register of the R. A. Dowdle diaries
Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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