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Bathsheba W. Bigler papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5869

Scope and Contents

The Bathsheba W. Smith papers contain the following: 1) Photographs of Bathsheba Smith, L. D. Billie, Harriet P. Bills and Eugene A. Butler. 2) Letters to Smith from M. W. Russer, Mary A. C. Lambert, her niece “Julina,” Susie M. Morgan, E. R. L. L., Dr. Mary E. Walker, John Davis and Eliza R. Snow. 3) Three daughters of the Utah Pioneers certificates. 4) An article from the Improvement Era, 1910. 5) Letter to George A. Smith from Amasa M. Lyman, 1861. 6) Poems by Emiline B. Wells, Ruth M. Fox, “Lula”, L. L. G. R. and unknown authors. 7) Article by Elizabeth B. Grannis. 8) Receipt of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for relics from the Holy Land collected by George A. Smith, 1907. 9) Note to Bathsheba from Joseph L. Baifoot. 10) Bathsheba’s Patriarchal blessing. 11) Songs composed for the First Annual Festival of the Typographical Association of Deseret, 1855. 12) Program from the 88th birthday of Bathsheba. 13) Pioneer Day Celebration program, July 24, 1886. 14) Envelope to Bathsheba postmarked Provo, Utah, November 22, 1902.


  • 1855-1910


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 Bathsheba W. Bigler papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Bathsheba W. Smith (1822-1910) was the fourth president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was married to George A. Smith, one of the twelve apostles.

Bathsheba W. Smith was the fourth president of the Relief Societies in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was born May 3, 1822 in Shinnsten, Harrison County, West Virginia to Mark Bigler and Susannah Ogden. She was baptized on August 21, 1837 into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with most of her father’s family. She moved for Missouri right at the time the State was preparing for war against the Mormons. She married George A. Smith, one of the twelve apostles, on July 25, 1841. In 1849, after George A. had served two missions, he and his family moved to Salt Lake. He was called to settle Little Salt Lake Valley, two hundred fifty miles from Salt Lake City. Her son was killed during his mission to the Moqui Indians in 1860. Her husband died in 1876. She served in the Temple after his death. She became the General Relief Society President in 1901. She passed away in 1910.

For more information on the life of Bathsheba Smith see the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photographs, articles, letters, receipts, a patriarchal blessing, and other personal papers of Bathsheba W. Bigler, 1855-1910.

Custodial History

Donated by Harriet R. Arrington in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Harriet R. Arrington; 1993.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 15 August 2007.

Register of Bathsheba W. Bigler papers
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, 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