Merry May Booth Talmage papers

Merry May Booth Talmage papers

Dates: 1887-1934

Collection of documents related to May Booth Talmage, wife of James E. Talmage. Includes the original personal diary she kept from 1887 to 1892. Also includes a photocopy of the diary. The majority of the collection is photocopies of personal and family correspondence from 1890 to 1934 exchanged between May and James Talmage and their children. Also includes correspondence with other family members, friends, colleagues, and Mormon Church members. Most of these items were written while May Talmage was on trips and serving in various assignments for the Mormon Church. Dated 1887-1934.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Talmage, Merry May Booth, 1868-1944
  • Call Number: MSS 1607
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Merry May Booth Talmage papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1607; Merry May Booth Talmage papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1607, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Original diary, color copy, and transcription donated by Shannon Howells, great granddaughter of May Booth Talmage, in 2016.
Acquisition Information
Original diary, color copy, and transcription donated; Shannon Howells; 2016.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Related Material
Originals of many of the letters in this collection, and others, can be found in the James and Merry May Booth Talmage letters (MSS 8324).
Subject Terms
Mormon women--Utah--History; Mormon Church--Missions--Great Britain; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Great Britain; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Apostles--History; Talmage, Merry May Booth, 1868-1944--Diaries; Talmage, Merry May Booth, 1868-1944--Correspondence; Talmage, James E. (James Edward), 1862-1933--Correspondence
Genre / Form
Letters; Diaries
Processing Information
Revised and updated for DACS compliance, and color copy and transcription of diary added; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and Western American and LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013)
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Finding Aid Title
Talmage (Merry May Booth) papers
Finding Aid Author
Jennifer Kim
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-02 19:22:12 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Merry May Booth Talmage (1868-1944) was an educator, suffragate, writer, editor in Utah and wife of Mormon apostle James E. Talmage.

Merry May Booth Talmage was born on September 29, 1868 in Alpine, Utah to Richard Thornton and Elise Edge Booth. At the age of sixteen, she attended Brigham Young Academy. Soon after graduating, she began a brief teaching career in Kaysville, Utah, before being engaged to marry her former professor at BYA, James E. Talmage. The couple married on June 14, 1888 in Manti, Utah, and they had eight children together.

May was a teacher in Kaysville, Utah and part of several educational organizations, including serving as vice president of the first Free Kindergarten Association in Utah. She was involved in the suffrage movement, serving on the executive board for the Utah Territorial Woman's Suffrage Association. In 1893 she went to Chicago and delivered a paper to the World's Congress of Women, and in 1906 she attended the Trennial of the National Council of Women in Toledo, Ohio.

In 1892, May was called as aid to the general board of the Young Woman Mutual Improvement Association. She was active in committees within this organization and served as editor of the "Young Woman's Journal." In 1925, May accompanied her husband and two children to England where Elder Talmage served as president of the European Mission until 1928. While in Europe, May helped in organizing and assisting the women of the Church of the various countries there, as well as the missionaries throughout Europe.

Merry May Booth Talmage died on April 6, 1944 in Ogden, Utah.

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