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Stephen L. Richards papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 5950

Scope and Contents

Collection contains general conference addresses and other speeches written by Richards and family history documents, church pamphlets, diaries, correspondence, financial documents, legal documents, books, photographs, newspaper clippings and journals, dated 1843 to 1959.


  • 1843-1959


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Stephen L Richards, born in Mendon, Utah in 1879, was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from January 8, 1917, to April 9, 1951. Richards also served as First Counselor in the First Presidency of the Church under President David O. McKay from April 9, 1951, until his death on May 19, 1959.


9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to the repository in 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1977.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Kayla Quinney; February 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Jaymon Roan and Karen Glenn; November 2021. Materials re-housed, some foldering added.

Register of Stephen L Richards papers
Kayla Quinney
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