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William Z. Walker diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 969

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary of Walker's overland journey by ox and mule team from Boston, Massachusetts to Sacramento, California in 1849. Daily entries give good description of travelling conditions. Walker describes cholera outbreaks, a variety of disagreements in the company, and attempted trade with 800 Dakota Indians. Walker also passed through Salt Lake City and describes the city and an anniversary dinner which he attended. He mentions being hired by Albert Carrington, a prominent Church leader, to write a trail guide to California. Diary includes some information about difficult conditions in California. Sketches of Chimney Rock and California are also included.


  • 1849


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 William Z. Walker diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Pioneer and gold prospector from Massachusetts who was killed during the Civil War while serving in the Ninth Regiment New Jersey Volunteers.


1 v. (153 p.)

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Materials are photocopies.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original available in Folder 2. Transcription available in Folder 3.


Folder 1 missing, 1/18/2000

Register of William Z. Walker diary
In Progress
Morgan Crockett
2010 July 27
Description rules
Language of description
Script of description
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