William Griffiths Reese diaries

William Griffiths Reese diaries

Dates: 1882-1979

Handwritten diaries with photocopies of the items. Reese writes about his work as a teacher and as a school administrator, his missions to Wales and Australia for the Mormon Church, his service as a local politician, and his assignments as a local Mormon leader. Reese also tells about personal and family matters and records partriarchal blessings and lists important dates in family history. Materials dated 1882-1979.

  • Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Reese, William Griffiths, 1857-1938
  • Call Number: MSS 1952
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 William Griffiths Reese diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1952; William Griffiths Reese diaries; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1952, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Dr. Robert Reese in November 2013. The materials donated in 1978 consisted of the original diaries as well as loose copies of the original diaries. Dr. Robert Reese, in 2013, donated bound copies of the orginal diaries. It was decided by John M. Murphy that we would dispose of the loose copies donated in 1978 and replace them with the bound copies donated in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Robert Reese; 2013.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--Australia--History; Mormon Church--Missions--Wales--History; Educators--Utah--History; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History; Mormons--Utah--Logan--History; Logan (Utah)--History; Politicians--Utah--History; Welsh Americans--Utah--Diaries; Reese, William Griffiths, 1857-1938--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processing; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013. Processing; Eric Wolford, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)
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Finding Aid Title
Reese (William Griffiths) diaries
Finding Aid Author
Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-08-14 14:53:29 -0600.
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Biographical History

William Griffiths Reese (1857-1938) was from Wales who lived the majority of his life in Cache Valley, Utah. While he spent the majority of his life serving as a local politician and educator, he also served as a missionary both in the British Isles and Australia.

William Griffiths Reese was born the oldest child to Charles and Sarah Griffiths Reese in Pembrokeshire, Wales on August 15, 1857. After getting baptized by John Bloomfield, he eventually moved to Benson, Cache Valley, UT - where he would spend most of his life. While spending the majority of his life as both an education and a politician in his local community, he also served in two missions: the British Isles on 1882-1884 and the Australain mission on 1906-1909. After 81 years of life, he died in his home in Benson, UT on October 13, 1857.

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