Wilford Woodruff family letters

Wilford Woodruff family letters

Dates: 1877-1909

Letters written between Wilford Woodruff and members of his family. Letters are to his wife Emma S. Woodruff and to his children Clara and Blanch. Also included are letters from Emma Woodruff to Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Beebe as well as letters between Emma Woodruff and her daughter Clara. Letters talk about family activities and contain advice from Wilford Woodruff to his family. One letter is written shortly before Woodruff died in San Francisco. Another is written while Wilford Woodruff was in hiding during the polygamy raids of the 1880s. The letters date from 1877 to 1909. Also included are photocopies of the letters which include handwritten transcriptions of them. A handwritten index of the letters is also included.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898
  • Call Number: MSS 8173
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted. Photocopies and transcriptions available for public use.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged chronologically. Photocopies and handwritten transcriptions are also arranged chronologically.
Alternative Format
Photocopies and transcriptions available in folder 2.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any neccessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Wilford Woodruff family letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8173; Wilford Woodruff family letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8173, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The letters were passed down through the Woodruff family to George E. Maycock Jr. George E. Maycock Jr .left them to his son George E. Maycock III. George E. Maycock's wife received the letters upon his death. She donated the letters to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in March 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Maycock family; March 2013.
Subject Terms
Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Family life; Prophets (Mormon theology)--Correspondence; Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898--Correspondence; Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898--Family--Correspondence; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Presidents--Correspondence
Genre / Form
Letters; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; J. Gordon Daines III; March 2013.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Woodruff (Wilford) family letters
Finding Aid Author
J. Gordon Daines III
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-03-01 09:50:15 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898) served as president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1889 to 1898.

Wilford Woodruff was born March 1, 1807. He was raised in Connecticut. Woodruff was a miller by trade. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 and served two missions before being ordained an Apostle in 1839. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he completed four additional missions, presided over the temple in St. George, Utah, and served six years as Church Historian. He was sustained as Church President on April 7, 1889. As President of the Church, he dedicated temples in Salt Lake City and Manti, Utah, oversaw the organization of the Genealogical Society, and reemphasized the value of historical record keeping. After much pondering and prayer, he received a revelation that the Latter-day Saints should cease the practice of plural marriage. In 1890, he wrote the Manifesto, testifying that the Church had ceased teaching the practice of plural marriage. Woodruss died in San Francisco on September 2, 1898.

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