Harold B. Lee letter to Sherman D. Brown

Harold B. Lee letter to Sherman D. Brown

Dates: 1973

Collection contains a letter written by Harold B. Lee to Sherman D. Brown. The letter describes an experience Harold B. Lee had on a flight to Salt Lake City. He felt hands upon his head in a manner similar to a priesthood blessing, then later experienced massive hemorrhaging. He believed that the blessing on the plane allowed him to survive until he was off the flight. Dated 1973.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973. -- Brown, Sherman D. (Sherman Daniel), 1929
  • Call Number: MSS 8661
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; University Archives; 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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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Harold B. Lee letter to Sherman D. Brown 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 8661; Harold B. Lee letter to Sherman D. Brown; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8661, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Lorelei Waddel in August 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lorelei Waddel; August 2014.
Subject Terms
Priesthood--Mormon Church; Spiritual healing--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973; Brown, Sherman D. (Sherman Daniel), 1929-; Lee, Harold B., 1899-1973--Correspondence
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Processing Information
Processed; Hannah Waddel; January 2015.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Lee (Harold B.) letter to Sherman D. Brown
Finding Aid Author
Hannah Waddel
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-10 11:58:52 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Harold B. Lee (1899-1973) was the eleventh president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Harold Bingham Lee was born in Clifton, Idaho on March 28, 1899 to parents Samuel Marion and Louisa Emily Bingham Lee. He grew up in Idaho, attending Oneida Stake Academy until he was 17. After graduating from the academy, he taught school for four years until he was called to serve a mission in the western United States. After his mission, he was hired as the principal of the Granite School District in 1923. He was appointed a member of the Salt Lake City Commission in December 1932. The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints called him to organize the Church Security Welfare Program in 1935. He was called as an apostle in 1941, and served in that position until 1972 when he was called to be the president of the church. He died on December 26, 1973 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

He married Fern L. Tanner on November 14, 1923. Together they had two children. After her death in 1962, he married Freda Joan Jensen on June 17, 1963.

Biographical / Historical

Sherman D. Brown (1928- ) was a professor of materials engineering at the University of Illinois.

Sherman Daniel Brown was born September 10, 1928 in Salt Lake City, Utah to parents Leon Brown and Lillian Leone Hendrickson. He married Kathryn Anne Smith on September 11, 1953, and together they had five children. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Utah in chemical engineering in 1957. He was a professor of materials engineering at the University of Illinois--Champaign-Urbana until his retirement in 1998.

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