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Samuel Adolf Leschke diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8905

Content Description

Diary and autobiography by Leschke, beginning in 1845 while he was a weaver apprentice in Germany, until his death in 1889. He includes records of events in his and his family's life, as well as those in the world at the time. Often includes newspaper clippings. Topics include the deaths of children and the associated heartache, working at cloth factories, hardships of unemployment, wedding anniversaries, playing the lottery, and quotes from authors in classic literature at the time, such as Schiller. Also includes genealogical information for some of Leschke's ancestors. Diary is dated 1845-1889.


  • 1845-1889


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Samuel Adolf Leschke diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Samuel Adolf Leschke (1828-1889) was a weaver by occupation and kept a diary of his life's experiences which became a special family heirloom. It was passed down to his great-granddaughter, Ursula Leschke, whose family held onto it during World War II and their subsequent migration from Germany to the United States.

Leschke was born in Sommerfeld, Krossen, Silesia, Prussia on April 15, 1828 to Johann S. Wilhelm Leschke and Johanne Beata S. Ziesche. On May 17, 1852, he married Henriette Christiane Blobel, who was a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Leschke never joined her faith. He and Henriette had 7 children. In 1845, while working as a weaver apprentice, he kept a journal of his work and family life. He wrote a great deal about the passing of two of his children, one of which, a son, died at age eighteen and the other, a daughter, after only ninety-eight days. His son suffered from lung problems. Leschke worked for various clothing factories. One time he lost his job and another time, he quit because he felt mistreated. Later in life, he started to play the lottery, but never won anything. He appears to have loved classic literature, as he often quoted great authors of his day in his diary. He wrote about some personal celestial experiences he had, as well. On June 16, 1889, he died in Sommerfeld.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

The diary was handed down in the family from Samuel Adolf Wilhelm Leschke to his son, Paul Oskar Emil Leschke, who passed it on to his son Otto Bernhard Leschke, who passed it to his daughter, Ursula, the donor. It was among the few important documents that accompanied Ursula's family when they hid in the bomb shelters during World War II in Kiel, Germany, and when they immigrated from Germany to the United States after the war. Ursula A. Leschke donated the diary to L. Tom Perry Special Collections in August 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ursula A. Leschke; August 8, 2016.


LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; NataLee Hawkins; 2016.

Register of Samuel Adolf Leschke diary
NataLee Hawkins
2016 September 20
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States