Original letter from John W. Hart to Dr. Jes F. Merrell, June 5th, 1930. Hart describes the need to meet with the Church Board of Education to discuss the future of Ricks College and local interest in it.
Typescript Biography of John William Hart prepared by Veda Hart Mattice and Katheryn Hart Conger, it includes his patriarchal blessing. Notably, John Hart's desire to see that the college maintain support and keep operating during the depression is described, and two letters pertaining to those activities are included in this collection.
A section of newspaper dated September 12, 2013, with an article titled "Meeting a Prophet" by Kenneth J. Brown. This article talks about the day Heber J. Grant came to the new church building. The newspaper is an issue of Upper Valley LDS Life.
The Idaho Test Oath is the record of an argument delivered in the Supreme court of Idaho Territory on February 10, 1888 by Hon Richard Z. Johnson. This was presented in the cases of William Heyward, Appellant vs. Henry Bolton, et al. Respondents and James B. Innis Appellant. These were all appeals form Bear Lake Country. The document was printed in Salt Lake City Utah by the Deseret News Company.
A sketch of the life of John Nelson Wakley , a pioneer, written by his youngest daughter. John Wakley was born on December 26, 1819 in Canada and settled in Marsh Valley, Idaho. He lived to be 90 years old.
Typescript of "The History of Lot Adams" by his daughter Clara A. Bingham. Lot Adams was born on November 5, 1850 in Rounds North Hampshire, England. He passed away at Riverside Brigham Idaho on June 10, 1915.
Bound typescript, The King Follett Discourse. Joseph Smith gave this notable address at the funeral of Elder King Follett to about 20,000 saints shortly before his death. Wilford Woodruff, Willard Richards, Thomas Bullock, and William Clayton recorded the sermon, and it was published in the Times and Seasons on August 1, 1844. In it, Smith introduces and explains several key doctrines with relation to God, the Plan of Salvation, and the Scriptures. By "having a knowledge of God, we begin to know how to approach him, and how to ask to as to receive an answer." Then he discusses the first few verses of the Bible as written in Hebrew, and explains them. He then discusses the eternal nature of the Intelligence of Man, and relates the importance of "seeking after our dead" and how monumental that endeavor is. He teaches that we have no reason to mourn the dead, for we shall see them again. He also teaches about Baptism; that the baptism of water is nothing without the accompanying baptism of fire and the Spirit. He finishes with his testimony.
Albert Zollinger Jr. & Marie Graf Family Book of Remembrance (by their children). 116 pages on 8.5x11 paper. Printed December 1952. Contains biographical essays, family groups sheets, and black and white photo copies of photos.
Family group sheets and pedigree charts of the Gruwell Family. Histories of Gruwell families that include Illinois and Iowa settling, Mormon conversion/persecutions, travelling through the Utah Territory, early settling of Marsh Valley, Idaho, one individual used to own the land where Ricks College stands, and settling of Colonia Diaz in the Mormon Colonies of Mexico. 120 pages on 8.5x17 pages.
Minutes of the People's Railroad Committee, Rexburg, ID, 1899. Photocopies of original. "Peoples Railroad Committee" chaired by Thomas E. Ricks. Includes documentation of efforts to get financial and popular support for a railroad from the Snake River to the North Fork of the Teton River, including a Depot site in Rexburg. Also included is a map of Rexburg, ca. 1903, that depicts the railroad, depot site, and some land ownership (including that of Jacob Spori).
Booklet titled "A Heavenly Manifestation to Heber Q. Hale, President of Boise Stake, Idaho." Hale documents his story of a dream or vision he witnessed of the spirit world, including meeting with notable prophets of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, as well as insight into matters local to Hale. The episode took place the evening of January 20, 1920.
Typescript of an essay by Michael T. Griffith in which he presents three essays examining criticisms of the Book of Mormon. He first deals with claims regarding Alma's statement about Christ's birth "at Jerusalem." Then, in an essay entitled "Jerald and Sandra Tanner and the Book of Mormon" he refutes claims in a book by the Tanners regarding four points against the Book of Mormon. The next essay is entitled "The Itzas and the Nephites" and in it, Griffith lists 22 points of similarity between the Nephite Civilization described in the Book of Mormon with the Itza Civilization. The last essay is entitled "Joseph Smith and the American Indian Historians of the 19th Century: A response to Larry Jonas' "Mormon Claims Examined." In this essay, Griffith presents a refutation of a book by Larry Jonas, in which Jonas attempts to show how archeological research has not verified the Nephite record.
Printed copies of the Bannock Stake and the Snake River Mission, by Andrew Jenson bound in board. From a larger unknown publication as only pages 126-162 are included. From Andrew Jenson's personal library.
A section from De Ster (The Star), the periodical for members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Netherlands announcing a new edition of the Book of Mormon in Dutch. It includes the testimony of the three witnesses from Oliver Cowdery, David Whitmer, and Martin Harris.