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Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2180

Scope and Contents

Materials contain an account of his activities in Cowley, Wyoming, and in nearby communities. Entries focus on canal construction, his store, and other business enterprises, plus agricultural, church, and political activities. Pre-1902 entries are mostly notes taken at LDS general conferences and other meetings, with a few diary entries interspersed. Diaries begin in earnest on January 1, 1902. Dated from 1884 to 1914.


  • 1884-1914


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Microfilm copy available for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Jesse Wentworth Crosby (1848-1915) was an early Mormon settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and member of the Wyoming legislature.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby was born on June 22, 1848 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jesse Wentworth Crosby and Hannah Elida Baldwin. He married Sarah Pauline Clark on October 4, 1867, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had twelve children together. He later married Sarah Francis Jacobs aprroximately in 1878, Annie Maria Davies in 1878, and Sarah Ann Meeks in 1894. Jesse Crosby was President of the Panguitch Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1882 to 1900. He was an early settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and was a member of the Wyoming legislature, representing Big Horn County, beginning in 1910.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby died on February 24, 1915, in Cowley, Wyoming.


6 folders (0.30 linear ft.)

1 computer disk

1 microfilm reel




Manuscript volumes, also on microfilm, span the following dates: (1) 1884 Apr.-1903 Sept. (2) 1904 Nov.-1906 Feb. (3) 1906 Feb.-1907 Feb. (4) 1908 Aug.-1909 Nov. Three additional volumes, only available on microfilm, span the following dates: (5) 1909 Nov.-1911 Apr. (6) 1911 May-1912 Dec. (7) 1913 Jan.-1914 Dec.

Custodial History

Brigham Young University has held a microfilm copy of the journals since the 1960s. The film was originally assigned the call number, 920 Z99 V. 3. Four of the original volumes were received in 1994. The originals and microfilm were subsequently assigned the call number, MSS 2180.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown donor; 1960s and 1994.


Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy, V, b, v, 4; March 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital version of first four volumes available on M-disc. Microfilm of all seven volumes also available.

Transcription of diaries located in folder 6.

Processing Information

Proccessed; Rose Frank; 2011.

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2020.
Register of Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries
In Progress
Rose Frank
2011 March 14
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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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