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Arla Renee Mitchell papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9017

Scope and Contents

Arla Renee Mitchell's letters to her parents, journal, and ephemera from when she was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Samoan mission. Materials written about and collected while in the Samoan islands from 1955 to 1957.


  • 1955-1957


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 Arla Renee Mitchell papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Arla Renee Mitchell (1931-2015) was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa, teacher and counselor for public school children, and faithful care taker of her family.

Arla Renee Mitchell was born on November 22, 1931 in Provo, Utah to Charles W. Mitchell and Mary LaReal Jones Mitchell. She grew in the Provo area and even attended at Brigham Young University where she got Bachelor’s Degree in Education, masters in Counseling and Guidance and MA as a School Psychologist. During those earlier years Arla served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Samoa from 1955-1957. Her professional career was 36 years of dedicated service to the public school systems of Oregon and the Utah areas of Salt Lake, Alpine and Provo, as a teacher and counselor.

Arla had a deep love for her family and became a care taker for several of them before their death. Arla cared for her mother until her death at 100 years old, her aunt until her death at age 98, and even her sister, Nadine, who preceded her in death. Arla Renee Mitchell died July 14, 2015 in her hometown of Provo, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Found in backlog items by John Murphy in 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found in backlog items; John Murphy; 2017.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection development policy II. B. 5. IV.).

Related Materials

This collection is related to the Mary LaReal Jones Mitchell papers, MSS 8897.

Processing Information

Processed; Hayley Gorham, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2018.

Register of Arla Renee Mitchell papers
Hayley Gorham
2018 January 30
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