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Mons L. Smith papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7579

Scope and Contents

Contains letters written by Mons L. Smith during World War I to his family. There are also a few photographs, a diary and the transcription of the diary, and a notice of certification. Also includes two medals or clasps. Dated 1917-1919.


  • 1917-1919


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

Biographical History

Mons L. Smith (1895-1989) was a farmer, rancher, and mill worker in Utah and Arizona. He served in the United States Army during World War I.

Mons Larson Smith was born November 28, 1895 in Snowflake, Arizona to Silas D. and Ellen J. L. Smith. He served in World War I, participating in the Battle of the Marne and the Meuse-Argonne Offensive. He homesteaded in Dodge Point, near Monticello, Utah, and later served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Southern States during the 1940s. He married Cora Hawkins on May 10, 1949, in Mesa, Arizona; they had five children. He later worked in Monticello in a vanadium processing mill. He died October 15, 1989 in Monticello.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into 4 series: 1. Mons L. Smith outgoing letters to family, 1917-1919. 2. Mons L. Smith outgoing letters to parents, 1917-1919. 3. Mons L. Smith incoming letters, 1918. 4. Mons L. Smith ephemera, 1918-1919.

Custodial History

Donated by Anne Mitchell in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Anne Mitchell; 2010.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Reflects the attitudes and perspective of an LDS soldier during World War 1.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator, 2010.

Register of Mons L. Smith papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator
2010 May 17
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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