Salisbury family papers

Salisbury family papers

Dates: 1850-2003

This collection contains materials of Katharine Smith Salisbury, sister of Joseph Smith, Jr., and of her family, especially of her son, Don C. Salisbury, and his descendants. The materials include photographs, letters, sheet music, and restoration project papers.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.25 linear ft.). -- 2 box (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Salisbury family
  • Call Number: MSS 3078
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Photographs kept in cold vault; 24 hours advance notice required to use items.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged into 5 series: 1. Salisbury family correspondence, 1850-1979. 2. Music written by Katharine Salisbury's granddaughters. 3. Salisbury family Restoration Project materials. 4. Salisbury family miscellaneous. 5. Salisbury family photographs.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Salisbury family letters and photographs 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 3078; Salisbury family papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3078, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary M. Dennis.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Salisbury family; Salisbury, Don Carlos, 1841-1919; Salisbury, Katharine Smith, 1813-1900; Smith family; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Family records; Letters; Photocopies; Photographs
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Salisbury family papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:26-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

The Salisbury family was headed by Katharine Smith Salisbury, sister to the Prophet Joseph Smith. Katharine Smith was born July 28, 1813 at West Lebanon, Grafton County, New Hampshire, the seventh surviving child and second daughter of Joseph Smith Sr. and Lucy Mack Smith. On June 8, 1831 she married Mormon convert Wilkins Jenkins Salisbury, and together they had eight children: Elizabeth, Lucy, Solomon, Alvin, Don Carlos, Emma, Loren and Fredrick. Wilkins Salisbury later apostatized from the Church and was erratic in his support for Katharine and their children. Katharine died of pneumonia on February 2, 1900 in Fountain Green, Illinois.

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