Guide to the Alunite LDS Branch Records,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Alunite Branch.
Title: Alunite LDS Branch Records
Dates: 1917-1920 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (.5 linear feet)
Collection Number: USU_COLL MSS 207
Summary: Consists of minutes of meetings, membership lists, record of births, baptisms and confirmations for the Alunite branch of the Mormon Church, Piute County, Utah. Alunite was a company town for the Mineral Products Corporation. The branch was affiliated with the Marysvale, Utah ward of the Mormon church.
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Material in English 

Historical Note

The records of the LDS branch at Alunite, Utah are of particular interest for the light they shed on the functioning of a Mormon congregation in a mining town. This is especially true since Alunite just south of Marysvale, is a ghost town today. Alunite flourished during the First World War only to be subsequently abandoned. The branch records cover the period 1917-1920, the heyday of the town.

The congregation was a branch of the Marysvale ward, four and a half miles away. Hial B. Hales was he presiding elder. Alunite was a company town and the lives of the Saints, like the lives of everyone else, depended on the vagaries of he company and the volatile mining industry. The branch met in the town's school house by permission of the mining company, Mineral Products Corporation. When the mill temporarily shut down for much of 1919 the branch stopped meeting.

Content Description

The collection consists mainly of minutes of sacrament meetings, listing songs, prayers, talks, etc. Widespread problems of the day like smallpox and influenza epidemics are reflected in the collection as well as the unique problems faced by a small, out-of-the-way congregation. There is a list of branch members by family, births, baptisms and confirmations, and the priesthood status of adult men.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.

Restrictions on Use :  

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Alunite LDS Branch Records must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Initial Citation: Alunite LDS Branch Records USU_COLL MSS 207, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_COLL MSS 207, USUSCA.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

This collection is arranged in chronological order.

Processing Note :  

Processed in May of 2006

Acquisition Information :  

Acquisition information is unknown.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Minutes of sacrament meetings 1918-1919
1 2 Minutes of sacrament meetings 1920 January - May
1 3 Minutes of sacrament meetings 1920 June - December
1 4 John Christensen to Hial B. Hales 1920 October 20
1 5 List of members (priesthood status of men), births, baptisms, confirmations Undated
1 6 Minute book minutes of sacrament meetings
(only pages 1-7 filled)
1917 December 9 - 1920 January 5


    • Personal Names :
    • Christensen, John, 1949-
    • Hales, Hial B.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Mineral Products Corporation (Utah)
    • Geographical Names :
    • Marysvale (Utah)--History.
    • Piute County (Utah)--History.

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