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Lucy Mack Smith Carter diaries and photographs

Identifier: MSS SC 2129

Scope and Contents

Collection includes three handwritten diaries kept by Lucy Mack Smith Carter. She writes about her daily life, her church activities, and family responsibilities, dated 1913 to 1914. Also includes photographs and negatives of Lucy Mack Smith Carter's family and her extended Smith relatives, mainly in California and Utah, dated 1868 to 1974.


  • 1868-1974


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Photographs and negatives kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Lucy Mack Smith Carter was born April 14, 1890, in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Joseph Fielding Smith and Alice Ann Kimball. She attended Union School and LDS University. Around 1914, she was called to serve as a member of the General Board of the Young Women's Mutual Improvement Association for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1915, she married Ralph Charles Carter in Salt Lake City. They had seven children: Helen Mar, Ralph Charles Carter, Jr., Richard Fielding, Lucy May, Jason Mack, MargaretJean, and Paul Smith. Lucy died November 24, 1933.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: Lucy Mack Smith Carter diaries, 1913-1914. 2. Lucy Mack Smith Carter photographs, approximately 1868-1974. 3. Lucy Mack Smith Carter negatives, approximately 1868-1974.

Custodial History

Donated by Helen Campbell Monson in 1983.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Campbell Monson; 1983.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn, McKenna Whitlock; 2023 January; Item-level data added.

Register of Lucy Mack Smith Carter diaries and photographs
Elisa Visick
2010 September 27
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