Guide to the Samuel Roskelley : papers and temple records,
1862-1962

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Creator: Roskelley, Samuel, 1837-1914
Title: Samuel Roskelley : papers and temple records
Dates: 1862-1962 ( inclusive )
1862-1906 ( bulk )
Quantity: 10 boxes (3.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 65
Summary: Miscellaneous records from Roskelley's work in several Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) temples, including ordinance work records from St. George (1877-1897), Manti (1888-1900), Salt Lake (1893-1900), and Logan (1885-1908) temples; brief biographies of the High Priests of Cache Valley (Utah); minutes of Cache Valley High Priests' meetings (1859-1883); Roskelley's diaries (1883-1888, 1901-1910) detailing activities as Temple recorder and President of the Cache Valley Quordum; family records of Roskelley family including issues of the family newsletter, the Roskelley Organ (1951-1962), minutes of meetings of the Roskelley Family Organization; and personal papers, including a diary kept during LDS mission to England (1880), miscellaneous personal papers (1880-1906) and financial records (1868-1881). Also includes a book of R.B. Roskelley containing Roskelley family papers.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Manuscript Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-1663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Samuel Roskelley was born in England and emigrated to Utah in 1853, settling in Cache Valley in 1855. He served as a bishop for the L.D.S. Church in Smithfield and later as a patriarch. He completed two missions to England.

Content Description

Miscellaneous records from Roskelley's work in several Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) temples, including ordinance work records from St. George (1877-1897), Manti (1888-1900), Salt Lake (1893-1900), and Logan (1885-1908) temples; brief biographies of the High Priests of Cache Valley (Utah): David B. Dille, John P. Wright, David Osborn, Francis Astle, Alva Benson, Lars Williamson, Hans Monsen, Neils Christensen, Ita Allen, John Bradley, Loren Nielson, Peter Jisiel, Richard Palmer, and William Palmer; minutes of Cache Valley High Priests' meetings (1859-1883); Roskelley's diaries (1883-1888, 1901-1910) detailing activities as Temple recorder and President of the Cache Valley Quordum; family records of Roskelley family including issues of the family newsletter, the Roskelley Organ (1951-1962), minutes of meetings of the Roskelley Family Organization; and personal papers, including a diary kept during LDS mission to England (1880), miscellaneous personal papers (1880-1906) and financial records (1868-1881). Also includes a book of R.B. Roskelley containing Roskelley family papers.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Samuel Roskelley : papers and temple records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Samuel Roskelley : papers and temple records, 1862-1962. (COLL MSS 65). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arranged into three series: I. Roskelley Temple Records; II. Roskelley Family Records; and III. Personal Business Records.

Acquisition Information :  

This collection of material regarding Roskelley and the Roskelley Family was deposited in the Hatch Memorial Room at Merrill Library as part of the Cache Valley Historical Society's archive by R. Welling Roskelley. Later the archive was donated to the Department of Special Collections by the president of the Cache Valley Historical Society, S. George Ellsworth. Originally part of CVHS COLL MSS 43; processed in 1976; separated in Nov 1981.

Separated Materials :  

Photographs of the Roskelley family are available P0013.

Related Materials :  

Roskelley family photograph collectionP0013

Richard Welling Roskelley Papers COLL MSS 284


Detailed Description of the Collection

The Roskelley Temple Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Book 1: Record book
Contains: Revelation given through President John Taylor at Salt Lake City, October 13, 1882 (pp. 1-6); "Choice Tid-Bits," (pp. 7-9); Copy of "The Manifesto" issued by President Wilford Woodruff, September 26, 1890, (p. 10); Statistical tables with totals of ordinance work done in the L.D.S. Temples at Logan 1885- 1908, Manti 1888-1900, St. George 1877-1897, and Salt Lake 1893-1900, (pp. 12-176).
1 Book 2: Brief biographies of David B. Dille, John P. Wright, David Osborn, Francis Astle, Alva Benson, Lars Williamson, Hans Monsen, Neils Christensen, Ita Allen, John Bradley, Loren Nielson, Peter Jisiel, Richard Palmer, and William Palmer
Also includes "Copy of Time Checks," "Subscription for Missionaries by High Priests of Logan," "Minutes of High Priests Stake Conference Meetings: 11-3-1877 to 7-31-1880."
1 Book 3: Ledger
Duplication of genealogies of David B. Dille, John P. Wright, and David Osborn.
1 Book 4: Temple work performed by Samuel Roskelley
Also includes genealogical and biographical information, letters and copies of letters.
1 Book 5: Minute book of the High Priests' Quarum, Cache Valley Stake
Also includes rolls, rosters and lists of donations. (recorded by various clerks.)
November 1859 to September 1883.

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The Roskelley Family Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
2 Book 1: Bound issues of the "Roskelley Organ."
Volume 1 No. 1 (June 1951) - Volume 11 No. 1 (July 1962).
2 Book 2: Diary
Entries refer to temple work at St. George and, later, speak of labors on the interior of the Logan Temple. After dedication of the Logan Temple, Roskelley became the Temple recorder and in his diary he records persons who received sacraments such as second anointing.
January 1, 1883 - January 1, 1888.
2 Book 3: Diary
Entries refer to work as the president of the quorum until 1904. The remainder of the diary contains information regarding family matters.
December 1, 1901 - October 15, 1910.
2 Book 4: Book of R.B. Roskelley containing copies of documents from the Roskelley family record book
The material consists of correspondence with Wilford Woodruff, John Taylor, William Budge, et. al.; records of blessings given at the Logan and St. George Temples to Samuel and Rebecca Roskelley; personal and genealogical records; copies of speeches, essays and poetry and testimonials advocation polygamy.
Folder
2 1 Loose issues of the Roskelley Organ
2 2 Minutes of meetings of the Roskelley Family Organization
2 3 Copy of 1880 diary commencing March 8th and continuing through September 19 regarding mission to England
2 4 Miscellaneous personal papers of Samuel Roskelley:
Letter, 5/15/1880, from A. Milton Musser of the Deseret Nursery Company to Roskelley in regards to the purchases of carp and goldfish
Letter, 3/13/1906, to Roskelley from Joseph F. Smith, John R. Winder, and Anthony H. Lund, First Presidency of the L.D.S. Church, concerning continuation of temple work by the brethern until a successor to President Merrill was appointed
Extract from the Millenial Star, vol. 15 page 230, concerning the calling and authority of Seventies

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Personal Business Records
Container(s)
Description
Dates
Box
1 Volume 1: Roskelley's Private Accounts, Smithfield, Utah
This volume gives an account of Roskelley's private financial dealings. Included are labor for work on the Utah Northern Railroad, tie hacking, buying and selling agricultural goods, and dealings in agricultural commodities. Also in the ledger are his accounts with the Cache County School Fund.
1868- 1884.
Folder
3 1 Receipts and miscellaneous notes
3 2 Temple Certificates (recommendations)
3 3 Receipts for barbed wire purchased from the Iowa Barbed Steel Wire Co. 1880-1881
3 4 Two separate accounting sheets: Samuel Roskelley County Superintendent Common Schools in account with County School Funds, 1873. Francis Sharp's account bill 1873

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Roskelley, Samuel, 1837-1914.
    • Family Names :
    • Roskelley family.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cache Valley Stake. High Priest Quorum.  ( contributor)
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cache Valley Stake. High Priest Quorum.
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Cache Valley Stake--History.
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Bishops--Archives.
    • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Clergy--Archives.
    • Logan Temple (Utah)--Records and correspondence.
    • Manti Temple (Manti, Utah)--Records and correspondence.
    • Roskelley Family Organization.
    • Salt Lake Temple--Records and correspondence.
    • St. George Temple (Saint George, Utah)--Records and correspondence.
    • Subject Terms :
    • Melchizedek priesthood (Mormon Church)--High Priests.
    • Mormon Church--Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho)--History.
    • Mormon missionaries--England--Diaries.
    • Mormon pioneers--Utah--Diaries.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Mormon missionary journals--England--1880.

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