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Lewis B. Rock diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 161

Scope and Contents

Contains a handwritten diary (92 pages) belonging to Lewis Rock. Rock writes about his voyage by ship from Boston to San Francisco and his subsequent experiences in the gold fields of California in 1850.


  • 1850


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 Lewis B. Rock diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Lewis B. Rock was born around 1817. Later in life he was a resident of Lowell, Massachusetts, and it is from here that he began his journey on December 29, 1849, that would take him around Cape Horn en route to California. Setting sail from Boston, Lewis experienced months at sea before arriving in California in August 1850. Later that month, he began prospecting near Sacramento, California. His diary mentions his ability to speak both French and Native American dialects.

Lewis Rock's date of death is unknown.


2 folders (0.55 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Purchased from Fred Rosenstock in 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred Rosenstock; 1974.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of diary located in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Elisa Visick, student manuscript processor and Ryan Lee, curator; 2010.


Register of Lewis B. Rock diary
Elisa Visick
2010 June 15
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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