Joseph Y. Haight mission papers

Joseph Y. Haight mission papers

Dates: 1899-1902

The Joseph Y. Haight mission papers include several types of materials used by Haight during his mission to the island of Tahiti from 1899 to 1902. The collection contains photographs of Tahitian missionaries, scenery, and people. It also contains a missionary Bible, used by Haight during his three years in Tahiti. In this Bible, there are multiple personal notes written by Haight in both English and Tahitian, listing references and spiritual realizations. The Latter-day Saint Articles of Faith are also pasted into the front of Haight's mission Bible. Among these personal effects, the Joseph Young Haight mission papers also include a Tahitian dictionary, several books, and a hardcover book put together by Haight's descendants to commemorate Haight's experiences as a missionary in Tahiti.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Haight, Joseph Y. (Joseph Young), 1865-1946
  • Call Number: MSS 6940
  • 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 Joseph Y. Haight mission 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 6940; Joseph Y. Haight mission papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6940, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection maintained by the descendants of Joseph Y. Haight until the time of donation in July 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Kendal Brian Hunter; 2008.
Related Material
See also the Eli Holton letters (MSS 2277) and the Joseph Y. Haight collection (MSS 1687).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--French Polynesia--Tahiti (Island)--History--19th century; Haight, Joseph Y. (Joseph Young), 1865-1946; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--French Polynesia--Tahiti (Island)--Photographs
Genre / Form
Books; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; materials relating to a Latter-day Saint missionary who served at the turn of the century, starting in 1899.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Haight (Joseph Y.) mission papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Bogart
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:31-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Joseph Y. Haight (1865-1946) was a teacher and civil servant in Utah and Idaho. He served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Tahiti.

Joseph Y. Haight was born in Farmington, Utah, 9 October 1865. At the age of 34, Haight left the United States to serve a Latter-day Saint mission to the island of Tahiti. During his mission, from 1900 to 1902, Haight became the president of the Society Islands Mission. Following his mission, Haight returned to the Utah area where he worked as a teacher, county clerk, postmaster, and government revenue collector. He died in Oakley, Idaho, 14 November 1846 at the age of 81.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts