Mary Salisbury Hancock papers

Mary Salisbury Hancock papers

Dates: 1930-1955

This collection includes photocopies of Mary Salisbury Hancock's autobiography. The collection also contains photocopies of notes Hancock wrote while preparing for a publication in an RLDS (now Community of Christ) newspaper. The article, entitled "The Three Sisters of the Prophet Joseph Smith" was published in three installments in the year 1954. Hancock, a great-niece of the Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith, was acquainted with all three Smith sisters during her lifetime. Collection also contains a CD with images that have been printed off.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.06 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hancock, Mary Salisbury Dean
  • Call Number: MSS 6239
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th 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 Mary Salisbury Hancock 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 6239; Mary Salisbury Hancock papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6239, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Original maintained by Mary Dennis, niece of Mary Hancock. Copies donated by Kyle Walker in March 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kyle Walker; 2008.
Related Material
See also The Three Sisters of the prophet Joseph Smith (UPB_BX 8691 .A1a no.130; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah).
Subject Terms
Hancock, Mary Salisbury Dean--Biography; Diaries; Material Types
Genre / Form
Notes; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th century Western & Mormon Americana; pertains to the family of Joseph Smith, Jr.
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Finding Aid Title
Hancock (Mary Salisbury) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Bogart
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:05-0600
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Biographical History

Mary Salisbury Hancock (1872-1964) was the daughter of Joseph Smith's sister's son. She was a follower of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Mary Salisbury Hancock (1872-1964) was the daughter of Don Carlos Salisbury, who was the son of Katharine Smith Salisbury, sister of the Latter-day Saint prophet Joseph Smith. During her life, she was acquainted with all three of the Smith sisters. She was a follower and staunch supporter of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (now known as the Community of Christ).

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts