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Edward Jackson diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2493

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary and typewritten transcript. The diary was transcribed by Jackson's sister, Marion Jackson Gilbert, in 1855. Jackson made the overland journey with mules from Independence, Missouri to Sacramento, California in 1849. Long and descriptive daily entries focus on the nature of the California trail, encounters with Indians, and the condition of forts along the way. Several outbreaks of cholera also occurred. Jackson stopped at Salt Lake City and attended Pioneer Day festivities. The diary includes a thorough description of Salt Lake City. The journal ends soon after Jackson's arrival in California, but he reports favorably on finding gold. Jackson returned to Massachusetts a year later. The end of the diary also includes a history of Jackson's ancestor, Timothy Jackson.


  • 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 Edward Jackson diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Native of Massachusetts. Gold prospector in the 1849 California gold rush. Jackson served in the Civil War and was a successful merchant.


1 v. (86 p.)(+ 1 transcript)(48 p.)(0.24 linear ft.)

Custodial History

The manuscript was probably assembled by Marian Jackson Gilbert, Edward Jackson's sister. The item was transcribed by Gilbert in 1855. It includes an obituary of William Jackson and a life history of Timothy Jackson. The jounal is a brown weathered notebook with unnumbered pages. The journal is written on white lined paper, and the handwriting is good. Donated in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 1986.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcriptions available in Folder 2-3.

Register of Edward Jackson diary
In Progress
Elisa Visick
2010 November 3
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