Heder means honor

Heder means honor

Dates: approximately 1990

Materials include a printed family history titled 'Heder Means Honor' documenting the history of the John William Heder (1856-1940) and Anna Jorgene Cristina Madsen (1864-1955) family who joined the LDS Church in Sweden and Denmark in the 1860s and helped settle communities in and around Mesa, Arizona. The history was compiled by who ladys Heder Biggs in approximately 1990 and contains photocopies and transcriptions of photographs, images, letters, and genealogy charts related to members of the John Heder family. Dated approximately 1990.

  • Extent: 1 volume 438 p. ; 24 x 37 cm
  • Creator: Biggs, Gladys Heder, 1914-1993
  • Call Number: MSS 8622
  • 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: 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 Heder means honor 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 8622; Heder means honor; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8622, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Debra Bates, second cousin of Gladys Heder Biggs who compiled the family history, in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Debra Bates; December 2014.
Subject Terms
Home and Family; Genealogy; Family records; Religion; Arizona; Social Life and Customs; Biggs, Gladys Heder, 1914-1993; Heder (family: Heder, John William 1856-1940)
Processing Information
Processed; Zoë Brimhall, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2015.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history and Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Heder means honor
Finding Aid Author
Zoë Brimhall
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-08 13:24:28 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Gladys Heder Biggs (1914-1993) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a genealogist.

Gladys Heder Biggs was born on January 19, 1914, in Tucson, Arizona, to parents John Earl Heder and Alta Richardson. As a young woman she served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Northern States Mission (northern Indiana and West Michigan). On November 15, 1939, she and Wilford Merwin Biggs were married in Mesa, Arizona; together they had nine children. Later in life, the two served a mission together to the Family History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah. She served in multiple leadership positions in her local ward including Primary president, Relief Society counselor, ward historian, and genealogist.

Gladys Heder Biggs died on February 24, 1993, in Provo, Utah.

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