Ira N. Hinckley Papers mssHM 56927-57020

Brooke M. Black
The Huntington Library
March 2021
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
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Contributing Institution: The Huntington Library
Title: Ira N. Hinckley papers
Creator: Hinckley, Ira N.
Identifier/Call Number: mssHM 56927-57020
Physical Description: 3.6 Linear Feet (3 boxes)
Date (inclusive): 1882-approximately 1950
Date (bulk): 1882-1884
Abstract: Papers belonging to Mormon pioneer Ira N. Hinckley, chiefly while on a mission in New Zealand.
Language of Material: Materials are in English.

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Ira N. Hinckley papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Parnell Hinckley, 1952-1957.

Biographical / Historical

Ira Noble Hinckley, son of Mormon pioneer emigrant Ira Nathaniel Hinckley, was called by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints to a mission in New Zealand in 1882. He spent the next two years there in company with various other LDS missionaries, endeavoring to spread word of their faith among the European and Maori communities. He returned to Utah in 1884.

Scope and Contents

The collection contains five diaries kept by Ira Hinckley during his travels in New Zealand from 1882 to 1884 and in Utah from 1885 to 1887. There are also letters written to Hinckley by fellow missionaries Walter Barber, William Bromley, Bennett Clark, Alma Greenwood, Joseph Morris, Ephraim Ralphs and W.T. Stewart. The collection also contains letters from family members, such as Adelaide Hinckley, his mother Angeline Wilcox Hinckley, his father Ira Nathaniel Hinckley, LaVern Hinckley, Emily Noble and Lucien Noble. Of note in the collection is one letter from a Maori family named Ihaia and another letter from two Maori individuals named Robert Manihera and Horiana Whakamairu. There is also one manuscript about Ira Nathaniel Hinckley. The ephemera includes a newspaper clipping and copies of photographs of the Hinckley family.

Processing Information

Processed by Brooke M. Black in July 2011. In 2021, she created a finding aid.


Organized in the following series: 1. Diaries; 2. Correspondence and ephemera.

Related Materials

Related to the Library's Mormon file, approximately 1805-1995.

Subjects and Indexing Terms

Maori (New Zealand people) -- History -- Sources
Maori (New Zealand people) -- Missions
Mormon Church -- Missions -- New Zealand
Mormon missionaries -- New Zealand -- Archives
Mormons -- History -- 19th century -- Sources
New Zealand -- Description and travel
New Zealand -- History -- Sources
Diaries -- New Zealand
Letters (correspondence) -- New Zealand
Hinckley, Ira Nathaniel, 1828-1904

Box 1

Diaries mssHM 56927-56931 1882-1885

Box 2, Box 3

Correspondence and ephemera mssHM 56932-57020 1882-approximately 1950