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Photographs of Joseph and Emma Smith family home and Whitmer farm

 Collection — oversize-folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 680

Scope and Contents

Contains a photograph of the Smith family home in Harmony, Pennsylvania a photograph of Mennonite children on the site of the Whitmer's School House on the Whitmer farm in Fayette, New York. Dated approximately 1880-1990.


  • approximately 1880-1990

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Open to public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access

Photographs. Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at


1 oversize folder (0.20 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 1992.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Rick Grunder Books, NY; 1992.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the Photographs Archive.


Typescript from back of one photograph: Harmony Home. THe home of Joseph and Emma Smith (center section) in Harmony, Pennsylvania, 1827-1830. Here much of the Book of Mormon was translated, and fifteen sections of the Doctrine and Covenants were received. Joseph Smith's parents visited here for a time, as did Martin Harris and his wife Lucy, who ransacked the house and grounds looking for the golden plates. Oliver Cowdery journeyed here to introduce himself to Joseph Smith, then stayed "--to sit under the sound of a voice dictated by the inspiration of heaven..." Joseph and Emma's first child, a baby boy, is buried a few hundred feet away. From the earliest photograph known (ca. 1880s), here reproduced for the first time. The house was destroyed by fire on the evening of June 23, 1919. Second in the series, "Coming Home." Limited to to twenty-five copies, of which this is Number 2. Rick Grunder - Books. Syracuse, New York. Copyright 1990.


Typescript from back of other photograph: Do They Know? Mennonite children play on the site where some of the earliest Latter-day Saint services were held in "Whitmer's School House," 1830-1831 (corner of Miller and County House Roads, Fayette, New York). In the background (looking south), one sees the woods into which Joseph Smith and the Three Witnesses retired to see Moroni and the golden plates of the Book of Mormon, the translation of which was completed on this farm. First in the series, "Coming Home." Limited to twenty-five copies, of which this is Number 2. Rick Grunder - Books. Syracuse, New York. Copyright 1989.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; October 2021. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; May 2024. Title updated for clarity.

Register of Photographs of Joseph and Emma Smith family home and Whitmer farm
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 December 12
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