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Parley Pratt Nelson diaries

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2261
Collection contains photocopies of two diaries of Parley Pratt Nelson, a student who participated on the Benjamin Cluff Brigham Young Academy Expedition (1899-1900) and served a mission in Southern California for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates

  • 1900-1903

Creator

Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Extent

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Abstract

The collection contains photocopies of (1) Journal of Parley P. Nelson as a student participant Brigham Young Academy Benjamin Cluff Expedition from April to August 1900; (2) Journal of Parley P. Nelson on mission in Southern California and after he returned home (10 September 1901-9 January 1903).

Biographical History

Parley Pratt Nelson was born February 17, 1875 to Peter Nielsen (Larsen) and Bollette Petronelle Svendsen in Monroe, Sevier, Utah. While a student at Brigham Young Academy, he participated in the Cluff Expedition to South America from April-August 1900. Not long after the expedition, he served a mission in Southern California (August 1900-Apri1 1902). He died September 12, 1946.

Parley Pratt Nelson (Nielsen) was born February 17, 1875 to Peter Nielsen (Larsen) and Bollette Petronelle Svendsen in Monroe, Sevier, Utah. He was the fourth child of eight in his family. During the first few years of his life, he moved around Utah quite a few times. His family did not have a lot of money. His father eventually became a farmer and was better able to provide for his family.

Parley had the opportunity to participate in the Benjamin Cluff Brigham Young Academy Expedition, beginning April 1900 and continuing until August 1900. He then reported for his mission to Southern California on August 29, 1900. He was released from his mission on April 14, 1902, after news of his mother’s failing health. He returned to his home on April 18, four days after his mother’s death.

On July 23, 1902, Parley married his sweetheart, Sarah Ahlstrom, in the Manti Temple. They had six children together. Not much of Parley’s life is known except for he died on September 12, 1946 in Rexburg, Madison, Idaho.

Arrangement note

Arranged chronologically.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in the repository.
Other Finding Aids File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2261.xml

Custodial History note

Collection was donated to the Brigham Young University Library on January 23, 2001 by Garth N. Jones.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Garth N. Jones; 2001.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman; 2001.
Title
Register of the Parley Pratt Nelson diaries
Status
completed
Author
David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman; Benjamin Sipes
Date
2001; 2011 March 18
Description rules
appm
Language of description
English
Sponsor
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • finding aid revision date not supplied: Updated to DACS and CCLA compliance by Jonathan, 2010 December 16, 2010.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

Contact:
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Brigham Young University
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