Oscar A. Kirkham journal

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Oscar A. Kirkham journal

Dates: 1909

One personal journal book that is hand-written by Oscar A. Kirkham, describing daily events and observations, such as a day with a cold or how children rise with the sun no matter how early it rises. The material is dated in 1909.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Kirkham, Oscar A., 1880-1958
  • Call Number: MSS 8237
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • 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 Oscar A. Kirkham journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
box 602
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8237; Oscar A. Kirkham journal; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8237, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Journal was donated by Brigham Young University-Idaho in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Brigham Young University-Idaho; 2013.
Subject Terms
Kirkham, Oscar A., 1880-1958--Diaries; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Kirkham (Oscar A.) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-23T04:37-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Oscar A. Kirkham (1880-1958) was a member of the First Council of the Seventy of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a member of the Boy Scouts of America's U.S. national staff.

Oscar Ammon Kirkham was born on January 22, 1880 in Lehi, Utah Territory, to parents James and Martha Mercer Kirkham. Kirkham married Ida Josephine Murdock on May 25, 1904 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and together had 6 children.

He graduated from Brigham Young Academy, and went on to teach at Ricks College (later, Brigham Young University, Idaho) in the music department. He was ordained to the Seventy in 1905, and served as a missionary in Germany. He was appointed as the traveling secretary of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and was involved with bringing the Boy Scouts of America program to the Church, including serving as the Church's Deputy Commissioner and as the Salt Lake Council's first Scout Executive. Kirkham was sustained as one of the seven presidents of the Seventy on October 5, 1941. He was also a longtime executive secretary in the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association of the Church. The Oscar A. Kirkham building at Brigham Young University - Idaho is named for him and hosts auditorium events such as speakers, theatrical plays, and also houses the ceramics and sculpture studios.

Oscar Kirkham died on March 10, 1958, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts