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Samuel H. B. Smith diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 870

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photocopies of Smith's mission diary, his autobiography, some correspondence, and records of ordinances performed in the Endowment House in the 1870s. Smith kept his diary while serving on a mission to Great Britain (1860-1863). He recorded the activities and experiences of missionary life and activities. The autobiography is brief and covers from Smith's birth to 1857.


  • 1840-1889, bulk 1860-1863


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 Samuel H.B. Smith diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical Sketch

Smith was a Mormon pioneer, an employee of the Mormon Church in the historian's office and the Endowment House, and ran a diary business. Smith was a nephew of the Mormon prophet, Joseph Smith (1805-1844), was orphaned at age six, was a polygamist, served on three missions for the Mormon church, and was active in politics and public affairs.


3 folders (0.24 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1976.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Reproduced in 1976.

Physical Description

Handwritten; photocopy.

Register of Samuel H. B. Smith diary
Benjamin Sipes
2010 July 21
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