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Samuel Hollister Rogers diaries

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1134

Scope and Contents

Materials include original handwritten reminiscences and diaries of Samuel Hollister Rogers from 1841 to 1886. Rogers writes about his life as a Mormon in Ohio, Missouri, and Illinois. He also tells about his service with the Mormon Battalion, his migration to Utah from California in 1848, his missions for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and his involvement in polygamy. He also talks about his experiences in Salt Lake City, Lehi, and Parowan, Utah, and his pioneering efforts in Snowflake, Arizona, and in Mexico. Dated 1841-1886.


  • 1841-1886


Conditions Governing Access

The original diaries and manuscript materials are restricted because of their fragile condition. Please use the photocopy and transcript included in this collection.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Samuel Hollister Rogers (1819-1891) was a member of the Quorum of the Seventy in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a pioneer in Arizona and Mexico.

Samuel H. Rogers was born on March 1, 1819, in Palmyra, Ohio, to parents Chandler Rogers and Amanda Hollister. In 1837, when he was nineteen-years-old, he was baptized into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Shortly after, in 1838, he and his family moved to Far West, Missouri, to be with other Church members. In 1840, Rogers was called and ordained as a member of The Quorum of the Seventy. He helped build and guard the Nauvoo temple in Illinois and went west with the Saints when they immigrated to Utah. During the immigration he served in the Mormon Battalion where he was a private in Company B. He married Anna Matilda Doolittle on March 7, 1850, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and together they had seven children. Rogers also raised Anna's daughter from her first marriage. After immigrating to Utah, Rogers served as a bishop in Parowan, Utah, and eventually helped settle new towns in Arizona, and Mexico.

Samuel Hollister Rogers died on September 22, 1891, in Snowflake, Arizona.


15 folders (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The provenance for these diaries is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

The source of acquisition is unknown.


LDS cultural, social, and religious history and Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Originals

The first two folders contain the original documents.

Existence and Location of Copies

Folders three through nine contain photocopies of the original materials and the remaining folders contain photocopies of document transcriptions.

Processing Information

Processed; Garrett Schroath; 2011

Updated; Zoë Brimhall; 2015

Register of Samuel Hollister Rogers diaries
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 3
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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