Hyrum Smith papers

Hyrum Smith papers

Dates: 1831-1872

Collection includes diaries, letters, property records, bibles and family records related to Hyrum Smith. Includes diaries of missions taken by Hyrum, the 1834 Hyrum Smith family bible, with family record dating up to 1872, and material used by the School of the Prophets in Kirtland, Ohio. Dated 1831-1872.

  • Extent: 1 oversize box (1.5 linear ft.). -- 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 774
  • 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: Condition restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use photocopies or typescripts.
Languages and Scripts
Materials in English, Latin, and Hebrew.
Arranged in four series: 1. Hyrum Smith diaries and other writings, (1831-1835). 2. Hyrum Smith correspondence, (1839-1844). 3. Hyrum Smith property records, (1840-1846). 4. Hyrum Smith bibles and family records, (1834, 1872).
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Hyrum Smith papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 774; Hyrum Smith papers; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 774, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Collection was donated on March 8, 1991 by Patriarch Emeritus Eldred G. Smith, and his sister Cleone Smith Isom, with other records related to Joseph Smith, Sr. and later Patriarchs of the Church. All materials have remained in the possession of the descendants of Hyrum Smith until their donation to the Brigham Young University Harold B. Lee Library. The account book found in folder seven of box one was donated by Eldred G. Smith following the naming of the Joseph Smith, Sr. Family Room on May 11, 2000. The additional materials added in 2016 were donated by Eldred G. Smith at the same time of the rest of the collection. The materials were found in John Murphy's office in 2015 and transferred to Ryan Lee to be added to the collection.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Eldred G. Smith; 1991. Donated; Eldred G. Smith, 2000.
Other Finding Aids
Previous finding aid available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead//XML/VMSS774.xml
Related Material
Collection was originally part of the Joseph Smith Sr. family collection (Vault MSS 775), an umbrella title for the Hyrum Smith, John Smith, Hyrum Fisher Smith, and Hyrum G. Smith collections. It was separated into its own collection in December 2001.
Subject Terms
Nauvoo (Ill.); Ohio; Mormon Church--History; Mormons--Ohio--History; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; New York (State); Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844; Whitmer, John, 1802-1878; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Smith, Hyrum, 1800-1844--Archives
Genre / Form
Maps; Diaries; Family records
Processing Information
Processed; Leslie Evens, 2011, and Peter Hoyt, manuscript processors, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013. Updated record; Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2013. Additional materials added; Corinne Bird, student manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2016.
Appraisal Information
History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1830-1930; 19th Century history and settlement of Utah, surrounding states, and the American West in general (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection department policy III, November 2013.)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Smith (Hyrum) papers
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2017-03-13 13:01:50 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Hyrum Smith (1800-1844) was an early member and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who was martyred at Carthage, Illinois.

Hyrum Smith, the second son of Joseph and Lucy Mack Smith and older brother of Joseph Smith, Jr., was born in Tunbridge, Vermont, February 9, 1800. At nineteen he moved with his family to western New York. On November 12, 1826 he married Jerusha Barden. He was baptized by his brother Joseph in Seneca Lake in June 1829 and was one of the Eight Witnesses to see the actual gold plates of the Book of Mormon. Hyrum's wife, Jerusha, died in October of 1837, shortly before Hyrum was called as Joseph Smith's second counselor in the First Presidency of the Church. Hyrum then married Mary Fielding on December 24, 1837.

During the 1830's Hyrum served several short missions for the Church, mostly in Ohio. Hoping for a respite from religious persecution, the main body of the Church moved from Ohio to Missouri in 1838. As the oppression intensified in Missouri, however, Hyrum and his brother Joseph were incarcerated in the jail at Liberty, Missouri for about six months before escaping to western Illinois in April of 1839. Hyrum later helped establish the city of Nauvoo and held several civil and military offices in Nauvoo.

In January of 1841, Hyrum was called to be Patriarch of the Church. The office, being hereditary, was passed to him upon his father's death. He was also called to serve as Associate President of the Church in 1841. In June 1844 he was again imprisoned with Joseph. This imprisonment took place at Carthage, Illinois. On June 27, 1844 Hyrum and Joseph were both killed by a mob that stormed the Carthage jail.

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