George Facer Family Organization collection

George Facer Family Organization collection

Dates: 1883-2001

Includes the farm accounting ledgers of George Facer and his son Joseph Facer, family genealogical information, and personal diary entries of George and his wife Mary Jarvis Facer. George Facer's account documents farm life and economy in Utah in the second half of the 19th century. The collection also contains the minutes of the George Facer Family Organization along with a transcript of the minutes, Facer family historical and genealogical information (including the family names of Prior, Jarvis, Brown and others from Huntingdonshire, England), a family Book of Remembrance, a newspaper article, and a Temple Record book kept by Mary Prior Facer. The latter contains family genealogical data and the dates that LDS Temple work was completed for each ancestor. The records include references to polygamist marriages. The collection documents the family living in Willard City, Utah; Cache County, Utah; Brigham City, Utah; and the Salt Lake Valley.

  • Extent: 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: George Facer Family Organization
  • Call Number: MSS 2358
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. Microfilm copies are open without restriction. Access to original materials with permission from the supervisor of reference services (boxes 3-4 open without restriction).
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in 4 series: 1. Facer family records, 1776-2001; 2. George Facer Family Organization newspaper articles, 1952; 3. George Facer family genealogical information; and 4. George Facer Family Organization family books, 1883-1977.
Alternative Format
Microfilm copy available for boxes 1 and 2.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George Facer Family Organization collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2358; George Facer Family Organization collection; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2358, LTPSC.
Custodial History
This collection was retained by the Facer family until donated to BYU in 2001. The final family members holding this material were the donors.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Facer family; 2001.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Hymns; Brigham City (Utah); Cache County (Utah); Florida; Home and Family; Mormon Church--Missions--Southern States; Navajo Indians - Arizona--Arizona; North Carolina; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Salt Lake Valley (Utah); Social Life and Customs; Temple work (Mormon Church); Tennessee
Genre / Form
Books; Diaries; Typescripts
Processing Information
Processed; Taylor M. Dix; November, 2003.
Appraisal Information
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
George Facer Family Organization collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Taylor M. Dix
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-13T15:03-0700
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George Facer was an early LDS Church member and a convert from England. The George Facer Family Organization was formed in 1928 and was suspended in 2001.

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