Spafford, Belle S. (Belle Smith), 1895-1982

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Belle S. Spafford served as general president of the Relief Society from 1945-1974, longer than any other president in the history of the organization.

From the guide to the AV 3628 Belle S. Spafford dictations circa 1950s (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library)

General president of the Relief Society.

From the guide to the MS 8622 Belle Spafford addresses and writings 1939-1974 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library)

Belle S. Spafford was born on October 8, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1935, she was called to the Relief Society General Board and eight years later became a counselor in the general presidency. In April of 1945, she became the General Relief Society President serving in this capacity for 29 years. Under her leadership, the Relief Society grew at a tremendous rate. Also during this time, she was named a member of the board of trustees of the Church School System, the first woman ever appointed to that board. Outside of her religious duties, she served on the National Council of Women for 52 years, where she held many positions including that of president during the years of 1968-1969. She died at age 86 on February 2, 1982 as a result of a lingering illness. Belle S. Spafford was well known and respected by prominent religious and civic leaders alike.

From the description of Belle S. Spafford Paris Relief Society talk, 1964. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 367866352

General president of Relief Society (1945-1974).

From the guide to the MS 5007 Belle Spafford papers 1973-1982 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library)

From the guide to the PH 7918 Spafford photographs 1888-1975 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library)

From the guide to the MS 20299 Belle S. Spafford papers 1888-1975 (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, Church History Library)

Civic and Mormon Church leader. For the Mormon Church, she served on the Relief Society General Board for eight years starting in 1935, as the general Relief Society president for twenty-nine years starting in 1945, and as a member of the board of trustees of the Church School System. She seved on the National Council of Women for fifty-two years, where she held many positions including that of president during the years of 1968-9.

From the description of Belle S. Spafford letters, 1937-1980. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 122535920

From the guide to the Belle S. Spafford letters, 1937-1980, (L. Tom Perry Special Collections)

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referencedIn PH 5362, Heslop, J Malan 1923-2011. J M. Heslop photograph transparencies collection 1950-1995 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn CR 11 323, Relief Society (1842- ). Tribute to women 1982-1984 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn CR 11 185, Relief Society (1842- ). Scrapbooks 1910-1990 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn MS 21737, Simonsen, Velma Nebeker 1896-1991. Velma N. Simonsen scrapbooks 1929-1983 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf MS 8622, Spafford, Marion Isabell Sims Smith 1895-1982. Belle Spafford addresses and writings 1939-1974 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf CR 100 390, Family and Church History Department (2000-2008) Museum Division (2000-2005). Family and Church History Department certificates collection 1863-1982 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf AV 8, Spafford, Marion Isabell Sims Smith 1895-1982. General conference welfare sessions 1946, 1959, 1961-1982 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Spafford, Belle S. Today, the prelude for tomorrow. US Army Corps of Engineers, Sacramento
creatorOf Spafford, Belle S. (Belle Smith), 1895-1982. Belle S. Spafford Paris Relief Society talk, 1964. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn Wilkinson, Alice L., 1902-. Alice L. Wilkinson oral history interview, Sept. 28, 1979. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf PH 7918, Spafford, Marion Isabell Sims Smith 1895-1982. Spafford photographs 1888-1975 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Spafford, Belle S. (Belle Smith), 1895-1982. Belle S. Spafford letters, 1937-1980. Harold B. Lee Library
referencedIn CR 11 81, Relief Society (1842- ). Relief Society central files 1940-1977 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf National Council of Women of the United States. National Council of Women of the United States records, 1888-1976, bulk (1950-1965). New York Public Library System, NYPL
referencedIn CR 11 16, Relief Society (1842- ). National Council of Women files 1903-1956 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn CR 692 6, Rudd, Glen Larkin 1918-. Welfare lectures and histories 1998-2007 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf Spafford, Belle S. speeches, 1964. Harold B. Lee Library
creatorOf Belle S. Spafford letters, 1937-1980 L. Tom Perry Special Collections20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts
referencedIn CR 195 2, Public Communications Department (1973-1984). Print media clipping files 1934-1995 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf CR 11 204, Relief Society (1842- ). Relief Society quarterly conference files 1958-1971 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
referencedIn CR 11 52, Relief Society (1842- ). Belle S. Spafford files 1933-1977 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf PH 532, Spafford, Marion Isabell Sims Smith 1895-1982. Marion I. Sims Smith Spafford photographs circa 1898-1970s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf AV 3628, Spafford, Marion Isabell Sims Smith 1895-1982. Belle S. Spafford dictations circa 1950s Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
creatorOf AV 1006, Relief Society (1842- ). Relief Society audiovisual collection 1968-2007 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. Church History Library
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associatedWith Charnaud, Stella 1894-1971 person
associatedWith Family and Church History Department (2000-2008) Museum Division (2000-2005) corporateBody
associatedWith Heslop, J Malan 1923-2011 person
associatedWith International Council of Women corporateBody
associatedWith National Advisory Council corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Women of the United States. corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Women of the United States. Presidents. corporateBody
associatedWith National Council of Women (US) corporateBody
associatedWith North Weber Stake corporateBody
associatedWith Paul, William Jerold 1932- person
associatedWith Public Communications Department (1973-1984) corporateBody
associatedWith Relief Society (1842- ) corporateBody
associatedWith Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) corporateBody
associatedWith Rudd, Glen Larkin 1918- person
associatedWith Sessions, Ethel Taylor person
associatedWith Sessions, Ethel Taylor. person
associatedWith Simonsen, Velma Nebeker 1896-1991 person
associatedWith Smith, John Sims 1882-1924 person
associatedWith Spafford, Willis Earl 1891-1963 person
associatedWith Truman, Elizabeth Virginia Wallace 1885-1982 person
associatedWith University of Utah corporateBody
associatedWith White House (Washington, D.C.) corporateBody
associatedWith Wilkinson, Alice L., 1902- person
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Utah--Salt Lake City
Subject
Women
Mormon women
Youth
Women--Legal status, laws, etc.--Speeches, addresses, etc
Mormon women--Utah--Salt Lake City--Correspondence
Welfare
Material Types
Speeches, addresses, etc
Mormons
Auxiliary organizations
Religious education
Education
Equal rights amendments
Mormon church
Welfare services
Soldiers
Mormon women--Correspondence
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General Relief Society presidents
General Authorities
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Birth 1895-10-08

Death 1982-02-02

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