Bathsheba W. Bigler papers

Bathsheba W. Bigler papers

Dates: 1855-1910

The Bathsheba W. Smith papers contain the following: 1) Photographs of Bathsheba Smith, L. D. Billie, Harriet P. Bills and Eugene A. Butler. 2) Letters to Smith from M. W. Russer, Mary A. C. Lambert, her niece “Julina,” Susie M. Morgan, E. R. L. L., Dr. Mary E. Walker, John Davis and Eliza R. Snow. 3) Three daughters of the Utah Pioneers certificates. 4) An article from the Improvement Era, 1910. 5) Letter to George A. Smith from Amasa M. Lyman, 1861. 6) Poems by Emiline B. Wells, Ruth M. Fox, “Lula”, L. L. G. R. and unknown authors. 7) Article by Elizabeth B. Grannis. 8) Receipt of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers for relics from the Holy Land collected by George A. Smith, 1907. 9) Note to Bathsheba from Joseph L. Baifoot. 10) Bathsheba’s Patriarchal blessing. 11) Songs composed for the First Annual Festival of the Typographical Association of Deseret, 1855. 12) Program from the 88th birthday of Bathsheba. 13) Pioneer Day Celebration program, July 24, 1886. 14) Envelope to Bathsheba postmarked Provo, Utah, November 22, 1902.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Bathsheba W. Bigler, 1822-1910
  • Call Number: MSS 5869
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • 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 Bathsheba W. Bigler 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 5869; Bathsheba W. Bigler papers; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 5869, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Harriet R. Arrington in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Harriet R. Arrington; 1993.
Subject Terms
Daughters of Utah Pioneers; Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)--History; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Articles; Certificates; Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 15 August 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy for 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Bigler (Bathsheba W.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:49-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Bathsheba W. Smith (1822-1910) was the fourth president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was married to George A. Smith, one of the twelve apostles.

Bathsheba W. Smith was the fourth president of the Relief Societies in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was born May 3, 1822 in Shinnsten, Harrison County, West Virginia to Mark Bigler and Susannah Ogden. She was baptized on August 21, 1837 into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints with most of her father’s family. She moved for Missouri right at the time the State was preparing for war against the Mormons. She married George A. Smith, one of the twelve apostles, on July 25, 1841. In 1849, after George A. had served two missions, he and his family moved to Salt Lake. He was called to settle Little Salt Lake Valley, two hundred fifty miles from Salt Lake City. Her son was killed during his mission to the Moqui Indians in 1860. Her husband died in 1876. She served in the Temple after his death. She became the General Relief Society President in 1901. She passed away in 1910.

For more information on the life of Bathsheba Smith see the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia.

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