Brigham Smoot family papers

Brigham Smoot family papers

Dates: 1866-approximately 1949

Collection contains journals, letters, transcripts, and other materials produced by members of the Smoot family in the nineteenth and twentieth centuries. The materials document the missionary service of Brigham Smoot in Samoa and Tonga, the missionary service of Gilbert Van Schoonhoven, the military service of Roland Nesbit Smoot during World War II, and various family events and issues that were occuring at the time. Dated 1866 to approximately 1949.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smoot (Family : Smoot, Brigham, 1869-1946)
  • Call Number: MSS 3315
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in three series: 1. Brigham Smoot journals and letter, 1889-1892. 2. Gilbert Henry Van Schoonhoven journal and letter, 1866-1868. 3. Roland Nesbit Smoot papers, approximately 1940-1949.
Alternative Format
Digital copies for preservation are on M-discs in Box 2 Folder 6.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Brigham Smoot family papers 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 3315; Brigham Smoot family papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3315, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Loretta (daughter of Brigham Smoot) and Richard Nixon, donated the materials to L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University on July 27, 2006.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard and Loretta Nixon and Doone Lewis; 2006.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Military; Material Types; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon missionaries--Diaries; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Smoot family; Smoot (Family : Smoot, Brigham, 1869-1946)
Genre / Form
Letters; Diaries
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Smoot (Brigham) family papers
Finding Aid Author
Megan Furcini
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-08-17 14:14:54 -0600.
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Biographical History

The Brigham Smoot (1869-1946) and Margaret Annella Nesbit (1880-1964) family began with their marriage in Salt Lake City, Utah, in approximately 1894.

The Brigham Smoot (1869-1946) and Margaret Annella Nesbit (1880-1964) family began with their marriage in Salt Lake City, Utah, in approximately 1894.They had two children who lived to maturity including Roland Nesbit Smoot and Annella Kerstina Smoot (later Doone). Roland was a member of the United States Navy, retiring as Vice Admiral. Annella was a musician, who specialized in the cello. Brigham and Annella were members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Brigham in particular came from a prominent Church family: he was a son of Abraham O. Smoot, the mayor of Salt Lake City and the first head of BYU's Board of Trustees. Brigham served a mission in Tonga and Samoa. The family lived in Pennsylvannia, Utah, Idaho, and California.

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