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Frederick Charles Rossiter diary

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Identifier: MSS 6509

Scope and Contents note

Frederick Charles Rossiter diary, 1894–1895, includes Elder Frederick Charles Rossiter's missionary diary in Tahiti. In his diary, Elder Rossiter chronicles his work as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; his interactions with mission companions, Tahitians, French colonial officials, and sailors. He also describes at length the landscape, language, food, and culture of Tahiti.


  • 1894-1895


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 Frederick Charles Rossiter diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Frederick Charles Rossiter was born 7 April 1874 in Salt Lake City to William A. and Eliza Crabtree Rossiter. He served a mission to Tahiti from 1893-1897. He married Sadie Shannon 14 November 1900 in the Salt Lake City temple. They had seven children. He died 20 February 1947 in Salt Lake City. He was a farmer, with stints in insurance and sales as well.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Frederick Charles Rossiter diary, 1894–1895, includes Elder Frederick Charles Rossiter's LDS missionary diary in Tahiti.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Charles Apfelbaum rare manuscripts and archives, 10 November 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Charles Apfelbaum rare manuscripts; November 2008.

Appraisal note

Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Existence and Location of Copies note

Digital scans of the diary are included on a CD with the collection. The images are saved in the .jpg file format.

General note

In his diary, Elder Rossiter describes his day-to-day activities as a missionary in Tahiti for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Page 82 talks about opposition from the French government. Pages 88-89 tell of a discussion with a native investigator about baptism. Page 90 tells his thoughts about the Chinese New Year. Pages 94-95 tell of the healing of a little girl. Pages 135-137 tell of his discouragement and of problems caused by a native brother. Pages 138-140 describe how the Elders were asked for passports and permission to preach. Pages 146-149 a native member tries to get the Elders out of their current residence. Page 151 tells of being forced to pay taxes. Pages 152-155 give a description of Tubuai. Pages 166-168, 171-172 tell of the healing of another child. Pages 183-184 tell the conversation of the Elders with the fifth person baptized in Tahiti. Pages 185-194 tell of issues with setting up a Sunday School. Pages 202-204 tell of the Governor forbidding the holding of meetings by the Elders. Pages 204-209 contain the petition sent to the Governor and then forwarded to France for permission to preach the gospel. Page 220 tells of the dedication of the foundation for a new chapel. Pages 223-226 detail the excommunication of several brethren for drunkenness. Cash account for November 1894-May 1895 in pages 230-232. Letters received in pages 233-234. Letters written in pages 235-236. Distance traveled in pages 237-238. Extent: Brown leather holograph "Journal;" 238 pages; 4 x 6 ½ inches. The first eighty (80) pages of the diary, June 29, 1894 – January 12, 1895, are in shorthand. Pages 81 – 238, January 14, 1895 – June 4, 1895, are in English.

Processing Information note

Processed; Cynthia Ann Smith; December 2008.

Register of Frederick Charles Rossiter diary
Cynthia Ann Smith, Manuscripts Intern and John M. Murphy, Curator
19 December 2008
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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