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Joseph Y. Haight mission papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6940

Scope and Contents

Contains several types of materials used by Haight during his mission to the island of Tahiti from 1899 to 1902. The collection contains photographs of Tahitian missionaries, scenery, and people. It also contains a missionary Bible, used by Haight during his three years in Tahiti. In this Bible, there are multiple personal notes written by Haight in both English and Tahitian, listing references and spiritual realizations. The Latter-day Saint Articles of Faith are also pasted into the front of Haight's mission Bible. Among these personal effects, the Joseph Young Haight mission papers also include a Tahitian dictionary, several books, and a hardcover book put together by Haight's descendants to commemorate Haight's experiences as a missionary in Tahiti.


  • 1899-1902


Language of Materials

Materials in English and Tahitian.

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 the Joseph Y. Haight mission papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Joseph Y. Haight (1865-1946) was a teacher and civil servant in Utah and Idaho. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tahiti.

Joseph Y. Haight was born in Farmington, Utah, 9 October 1865. At the age of 34, Haight left the United States to serve a Latter-day Saint mission to the island of Tahiti. During his mission, from 1900 to 1902, Haight became the president of the Society Islands Mission. Following his mission, Haight returned to the Utah area where he worked as a teacher, county clerk, postmaster, and government revenue collector. He died in Oakley, Idaho, 14 November 1846 at the age of 81.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Collection maintained by the descendants of Joseph Y. Haight until the time of donation in July 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kendal Brian Hunter; 2008.


19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; materials relating to a Latter-day Saint missionary who served at the turn of the century, starting in 1899.

Related Materials

See also the Eli Holton letters (MSS 2277) and the Joseph Y. Haight collection (MSS 1687).

Processing Information

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.

Register of Joseph Y. Haight mission papers
Lissa Bogart
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