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Hale family journals

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7431

Scope and Contents note

Collection consist of several journals kept by Alma Hale, followed by a journal written by his daughter, Mabel Fidelia. These journals, which are photocopies of the originals, track every day occurrences, from weather to Latter-day Saint temple dedications. Alma's journal begins in 1884 and ends with the Logan Temple dedication. Mabel's begins in 1907, ending in 1910.


  • 1884-1910


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 MSS 7431 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Alma Helaman Hale, Jr. (1857-1938) was Mormon missionary and ecclesiastical leader in Utah. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England.

Alma Helaman Hale, Jr. was born on June 11, 1857 in Grantsville, Utah. On October 1, 1844, Hale married Elizabeth Prescinda Hendricks, also of Grantsville, Utah. The couple married in the Latter-day Saint Logan Temple. Hale and Hendricks, living in Idaho, raised five children together. Amongst other church service, Hale served as a Latter-day Saint missionary in England and as a mission president. Helaman died on April 9, 1938 in Logan, Utah. He is buried in Smithfield.

Biographical History

Mabel Knapp (1889-1969) was the daughter of Alma Helaman Hale, Jr.

Mabel Fidelia Hale, the daughter of Alma Helaman Hale, Jr. and Elizabeth Prescinda Hendricks was born on March 20, 1889 in Swan Lake, Idaho at her grandmother's home. At the age of eighteen, Mabel carefully kept a diary. She began the diary with a short autobiography, telling of her education and where she had lived with her family. During the time she kept her journal, Mabel often traveled to Rexburg, Idaho. In 1910 she married Justin Willis Knapp. Mabel lived in Idaho until July 1969 when she passed away in Idaho Falls, Idaho.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes photocopies of journals kept by Alma Hale and his daughter Mabel Fidelia Hale.

Custodial History note

Photocopies donated by Bernard Knapp July 20, 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Bernard Knapp; 1988.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century journals (photocopies).

Related Archival Materials note

See also the Alma Helaman Hale papers, 1874-1930 (MSS SC 300) and Alma Helaman Hale: History And Genealogy by Nathan Hale Gardner (MSS 2084).

Processing Information note

Processsed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.

Register of Hale family journals
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