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Joel Ricks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5878

Scope and Contents

Contains religious documents, notebooks, datebooks, diaries, clippings, and maps documenting Ricks' experience as a Mormon missionary in the American South. Materials date from between 1877 and 1939. Also includes a unique edition of The Book of Mormon and an 1877 diary chronicling Ricks' mission to St. Louis.


  • 1877-1939


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Joel Ricks Jr. (1858-1944) was born in Farmington, Utah. He signed the Utah State Constitution, was a pioneer railroader and telegrapher, and spent much of his time in genealogical research and a study of Book of Mormon geography. He made several trips to South America for his research and authored five books and a number of maps and pamphlets.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

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Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Patricia Nielson; 2007.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Related materials include the Joel Ricks Papers, 1874-1940 (MSS 2857); the South American Book of Mormon lands photographs, ca. 1900 (MSS 2646); Helps to the study of the Book of Mormon (BX 8622.07.R424h); Society report: Book of Mormon geography (AC 901.A1 no. 2521); and Early recollections of Logan, 1890-1920 (MSS SC 843). These items are part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of the Joel Ricks papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 April 29
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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