J. P. Schell papers

J. P. Schell papers

Dates: 1872-1922

The collection consists primarily of handwritten correspondence between James Schell and his mother and wife-to-be, between 1872 and 1875. It also includes journals of his life as a Presbyterian minister from 1886-1906, as well as books he wrote about his experiences as a minister and missionary in the Western United States, between 1892 and 1922.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Schell, J. P. (James Peery), 1845-1932
  • Call Number: MSS 4169
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; 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 the J. P. Schell 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 4169; J. P. Schell papers; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4169, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Jonathan Flaccus of the Unique Antique in Putney, Vermont, in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Jonathan Flaccus; 1993.
Subject Terms
Christianity--Missions--19th century; Correspondence; Material Types; West (U.S.)
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 23 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
American West (Collection development policy of 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Schell (J. P.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and Amanda Clark, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

James Peery Schell (1845-) traveled around the world doing missionary work.

James Peery Schell was born on January 29, 1845, in Iowa City, Iowa. He married Margaret Melissa Plumer on January 5, 1875, in Emsworth, Pennsylvania. He devoted his life to the Lord’s service, traveling all over the western United States, and even as far as Europe, preaching and recording his experiences. He kept daily journals of his work, and wrote books based on them, as well as poetry.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts