Guide to the Joseph Smith III portrait,
1860-1869

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Joseph Smith III portrait
Dates: 1860-1869 ( inclusive )
Quantity: 1 box (0.21 linear ft. )
Collection Number: USU_P0331
Summary: Single tintype portrait of Joseph Smith III, from shortly after Smith's accession to the presidency of the RLDS Church (now called The Community of Christ) in 1860. Due to the rarity of this portrait, eight copies with negatives (in color and black & white) have been created for viewing purposes.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
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

Joseph Smith III (1832-1914) was the son of Emma Hale Smith and LDS prophet Joseph Smith, Jr. Following the 1844 murder of Joseph Smith, Jr. in a Carthage Jail in Illinois, the LDS religion split into several factions. The largest faction left Nauvoo to settle in Utah under the leadership of Brigham Young. Members who remained broke off into splinter groups. Many of the remaining factions believed in lineage and wanted the son of Joseph Smith, Jr. to take over the leadership of his father. Joseph Smith III, however, was only 11 years old at the time of his father's death. It wasn't until he was 27 years old that he accepted the position of president and prophet of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS) at a conference at Amboy, Illinois in 1860. In 1856, Joseph Smith III married Emmeline Griswold and five children were born to them: Emma, Carrie, Zaide, Evelyn, and Joseph. Following Emmeline's death in 1869, Smith married Bertha Madison and fathered nine children: David Carlos, Mary Audentia, Frederick Madison, Israel , Kenneth, Bertha Azubah, Hale , Blossom, and Lucy Yeteve. Of these children only eight lived to adulthood. After 27 years of marriage, Bertha Madison died in 1896. Two years later Smith married his third wife Ada Clark and three more children were born: Richard, William Wallace, and Reginald Archer. Smith served as the head of the RLDS church until his death in Independence, Missouri, in 1914. Three of Smith's sons and one grandson have succeeded him as president of the RLDS church: Frederick M. Smith in 1915, Israel A. Smith in 1946, William W. Smith in 1958, and William B. Smith in 1976.

Content Description

The Joseph Smith III portrait collection consists of a single image. This cased tintype portrait dates to shortly after Smith's accession to the presidency of the RLDS Church (now called The Community of Christ) in 1860. Due to the rarity of this portrait, eight copies with negatives (in color and black & white) have been created for viewing purposes.

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 Joseph Smith III portrait must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Alternative Forms Available :  

View selected digitized images from the Joseph Smith III portrait.

Preferred Citation :  

Joseph Smith III portrait, 1860-1869. (P0331). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Collection is comprised of a single item.

Acquisition Information :  

Portrait donated by Howard M. Carlisle in 1992.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Liz Woolcott, July 2003.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Box
1 1:01: Encased tintype portrait of Joseph Smith III
(9 copies)
circa early 1860s

Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Smith, Joseph, 1832-1914--Portraits.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints--Presidents--Portraits.

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