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Brigham Young letter

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5875

Scope and Contents note

A letter written by Brigham Young in 1868 to each Captain of a Company. The letter is dated July 6, 1868 and includes important instructional information, including the importance of keeping accurate notes and records while traveling in companies.


  • 1868


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Brigham Young letter must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Brigham Young (1801-1877) succeeded Joseph Smith as the president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He led the great pioneer movement of Mormons from Illinois to Utah.

Brigham Young was born June 1, 1801 in Whitingham, Windham, Vermont to Abagail Nabby Howe and John Young. He joined the LDS church in 1832 and became a member of its Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1835. When the church's first president, Joseph Smith, died in 1844, Brigham succeeded him. He led the great pioneer movement of LDS saints from Illinois to Utah and directed the work of gathering members from the east and other countries soon after. In 1875 he founded Brigham Young Academy, which later became Brigham Young University. Brigham died August 29, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



A letter written by Brigham Young in 1868 to “each Captain of a Company.”

Custodial History note

Donated by Stephen C. Lunsford in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Stephen C. Lunsford; 1989.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 17 August 2007.

Register of Brigham Young letter
Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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