Mary E. Lightner papers

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Mary E. Lightner papers

Dates: 1865-1914

Handwritten originals and photocopies of correspondence, autobiographies, speeches, articles, patriarchal blessings, histories, and a statement relating to her marriage to Joseph Smith. The correspondents include Apostles in the Mormon Church and many promient Mormon women. Some of the originals are found in the Historical Department of the L.D.S. (Mormon) Church in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Extent: 30 folders (3 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lightner, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1818-1913
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 363
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 363; Mary E. Lightner papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 363, LTPSC.
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Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Apostles--Correspondence; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Presidents--History; Lightner, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1818-1913; Lightner, Mary E. (Mary Elizabeth), 1818-1913--Archives; Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Religion; Mormon women--Correspondence; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History
Genre / Form
Articles; Autobiographies; Histories; Letters; Photocopies; Speeches, addresses, etc., American
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).
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Finding Aid Title
Lightner (Mary E.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Leslie Evens
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:29-0600
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Biographical/Historical note

Mormon woman and plural wife of Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church.

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