Joseph W. Smith court transcript

Joseph W. Smith court transcript

Dates: 1991

The Joseph W. Smith court transcript is the account of the trial of Joseph W. Smith vs. Buddy Youngreen. The trial in 1991 is a result of a discrepancy in a story regarding Samuel S. Smith, the son of Joseph F. Smith. Samuel S. Smith owned many valuable letters of his father to his wife, Mary Taylor Swartz Smith. Buddy Youngreen claimed that Samuel S. Smith promised to give the gift to Mr. Youngreen in a trust in order for preservation of the documents to be donated to BYU or Church Archives. Joseph W. Smith claimed that this was not what in fact happened and that Mr. Youngreen had been given the letters within the terms that they were to be given back to the original family members. The court endeavors to solve ownership of the letters.

  • Extent: 5 folders (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Joseph W.
  • Call Number: MSS 6285
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th 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 Joseph W. Smith court transcript 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 6285; Joseph W. Smith court transcript; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6285, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Richard C. Tatton in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richard C. Tatton; 1991.
Subject Terms
Utah. District Court (4th District); Youngreen, Buddy; Civil Procedure and Courts; Politics, Government, and Law
Processing Information
Procssed; Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th Century Western and Mormon Americana because the case regards letters valuable for Mormon Church leader history.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Joseph W. Smith court transcript
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Katie Connors, student processor, and John Murphy, curator,
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-11T10:55-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph W. Smith is the son of Samuel S. Smith. Samuel S. Smith was the son of Joseph F. Smith.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts