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Jesse Nathaniel Smith family letters

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7412

Scope and Contents note

Collection consist of typescripts of letters between the years of 1860 and 1870. Primarily, the correspondence circulates between Silas Sanford Smith, Clarinda Ricks Smith, Jesse Nathaniel Smith, and Mary Aiken Smith. In all, there are between twenty and twenty-two letters.


  • 1860-1870


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 Jesse Nathaniel Smith family letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Jesse Nathaniel Smith (1834-1906) was a Mormon pioneer and missionary. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Scandinavia.

Jesse Nathaniel Smith was born to Silas and Mary Aiken Smith in Stockholm, New York. His father died when Jesse was four years old and the Smith family was living in Illinois. When the Latter-day Saint Church migrated from Illinois to Salt Lake City, the teenage Jesse helped his mother cross the plains. Upon arriving in Utah, Jesse was sent to help settle the town of Parowan. In 1861, Jesse embarked on the Scandinavian Mission for the Latter-day Saint Church. His first assignment was in Denmark. He later served as president of this mission in 1868. Living in Utah, Jesse Smith held multiple civil positions and assisted with Indian Wars. He also helped to settle colonies in Arizona and New Mexico. A practicer of plural marriage, Jesse married five women and had forty-four children. Jesse Smith died in Snowflake, Arizona at the age of seventy-two.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Jesse Nathaniel Smith family letters consist of typescripts of letters over the time period of 1860 to 1870.

Custodial History note

Typescripts made by Eldon Knight's sister-in-law. After this, Eldon Knight donated a copy of the typescripts to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Eldon Knight; 2009.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; Family letters written in the 1800s.

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Jesse Nathaniel Smith collection (MSS 503).

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.

Register of Jesse Nathaniel Smith family letters
Lissa Chandler
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