Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) collection

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Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) collection

Dates: approximately 1853-1970

The collection contains twenty-one plastic-bound volumes containing historical material relating to The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites), including extensive minutes of various Cutlerite church meetings and conferences, gathered and typed by Edna Ione Fletcher. Each volume has been arranged in its own folder and are contained in two boxes.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites)
  • Call Number: MSS 2394
  • 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 the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2394; Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) collection; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2394, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The material in this collection was donated in two parts. The largest segment came on August 27, 2002 by Robert Brown to BYU L. Tom Perry Special Collections. It was delivered by Dr. Uwe J. Hansen on August 20, 2002 who had received it from the donor, Robert Brown, who had assisted Edna Peterson Fletcher in making the typescripts. A second donation came on October 10, 2002. The location of the original records is unknown.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Robert Brown; August 2002, October 2002.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Cutler, Alpheus, 1784-1864; Fletcher, Edna I. (Edna Ione), 1905-1994; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Clitherall (Minn.); Independence (Mo.); Manti (Iowa)
Genre / Form
Account books; Histories
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman; Revised November 2002.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-20T08:52-0700
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) is one of the many splinter groups from The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. It was reorganized by Alpheus Cutler on September 9, 1853 at Manti, Iowa, a settlement of about 30 families. The formal reorganization of the church under the leadership of Joseph Smith III in 1860, caused many to leave Cutler and unite with the RLDS Church. After Cutler's death in 1864, the community moved north and settled in Clitherall, Minnesota. In the late 1920s, a group of church members was sent to Independence, Missouri to establish headquarters and erect a church building. Due to a leadership dispute in the mid-1950s, the two branches operated as separate churches. The Missouri church added the prefix "true" to their name to distinguish between the two. Since the two groups have reconciled their differences, the church has dropped the prefix.

Alpheus Cutler, son of Knight Cutler and Elizabeth Boyd, was born on February 29, 1784 in Plainfield, Cheshire County, New Hampshire. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on January 20, 1833 by David W. Patten in Western New York. Shortly after joining the Church, he and his family moved to Kirtland, Ohio to assist in the building of the Temple. He moved with the Church through its many hardships and upon settling in Nauvoo, was called to the High Council of the Stake in October 1839. Cutler, was one of a committee of three chosen to superintend the erection of the Nauvoo Temple. After the death of Joseph, Cutler followed Brigham Young out west. He was called as a captain of one of the westward moving companies. Cutler moved with the Church to Winter Quarters where he was then called on a mission to the Indians in Kansas. A number of his company remained in Iowa until his return in 1852. These families continued holding church meetings with Cutler as their leader. On September 9, 1853 in Manti, Iowa, Cutler organized the Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) after having seen a sign in the heavens which he was told he would witness when the time came for him to reorganize the church. Cutler claimed ordination to a special council of seven high priest apostles, which gave him the authority to do so. He was the seventh member of this council and had waited until the others had either died or had joined with another group before making his declaration. He died on August 10, 1864 at age 80.

Chancey Whiting (August 19, 1819 - June 7, 1902) 2nd Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from June 30, 1867 - June 7, 1902.

Isaac M. Whiting (October 1, 1842 - May 28, 1922) 3rd Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from June 1902 - May 28, 1922.

Emery Fletcher (July 22, 1868 - 1953) 4th Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from 1922 - 1953.

Erle Whiting ( - 1958) 5th Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from April 10, 1955 - 1958.

Rupert J. Fletcher (May 15, 1896 - November 22, 1974) 6th Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from September 21, 1958 - November 22, 1974.

Julian Whiting ( ) 7th Church president of The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) from 1974 - .

Edna Ione Peterson Fletcher (1905 - 1982) Church historian for The Church of Jesus Christ (Cutlerites) during the 1960s and 1970s.

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