Alva Christopher Merkley diary and notes

Alva Christopher Merkley diary and notes

Dates: 1902-1904

Handwritten diary and notes. The diary covers the years from 1902 to 1904 while Merkley served as a missionary for the Mormon Church in the Samoan Islands. Some of the notes are in Samoan.

  • Extent: 2 v. (200 pages)
  • Creator: Merkley, Alva Christopher, 1880-1918
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1941
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1941; Alva Christopher Merkley diary and notes; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1941, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Bonnie Spellman in 1980.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Bonnie Spellman; 1980.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Samoan Islands; Merkley, Alva Christopher, 1880-1918--Diaries; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--Samoan Islands--History; Mormon missionaries--Samoan Islands; Mormons--Samoan Islands--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Diaries; Notes
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Merkley (Alva Christopher) diary and notes
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Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:37-0600
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Biographical History

Alva Christopher Merkley (1880-1918) was a Mormon missionary who spent much of his life in Orderville, Utah.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts