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Early Utah collection

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3147

Scope and Contents note

This collection of items was divided into the following five series:

Series 1: Account Books, 1850–1881. Contains a tax record of Utah Territory kept by Samuel Richards from 1850 to 1857 and a sawmill account book kept by Samuel Richards Jewkes of Emery County, Utah from 1879–1881.

Series 2: Letters, 1864–1912. Contains a letter from Joseph S. Roberson, a Salt Lake City overland trail agent, to Nathan Stein, another overland agent, dated 19 October 1864; a letter from Giles Moses of Salt Lake to Alonzo Moses of Morgan, Ashtabula County, Ohio, describing crop and weather conditions in the Salt Lake Valley, written 18 March 1865; one letter written by Joseph F. Merrill to John M. Cannon on 6 June 1912 regarding civil affairs in Forest Dale, Utah; and one letter written by Joseph W. Summerhays to Joseph F. Merrill on 5 June 1912 regarding the water treatment system in Forest Dale, Utah.

Series 3: Business Items, 1854–1908. Contains a handwritten property contract between Sidney A. Knowlton of Salt Lake and O. B. Huntington, dated 6 February 1854; a letter from the Hawkeye Steel Barb Fence Company written to the Springville Cooperative Institution on 11 May 1887, advertising their products; a letter from the Price Courthouse Location Committee (R. G. Miller, L. O. Hoffmann, and Alberto Bryner) to the Board of County Commissioners on 28 August 1907 recommending a site for the building of the Price Courthouse; and a set of notes, estimates, and bids for building the Utah State Prison, ranging from October 1907 to February 1908 (5 items).

Series 4: Ephemera, 31 March 1866. Contains a handbill for the Salt Lake Theatre with mention of Julia Dean Hayne, Brigham Young's favorite actress.

Series 5: Poem, 7 April 1868. Contains a poem written by Louisa Lula Greene Richards for her brother's tenth birthday on 7 April 1868.


  • 1850-1912

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 the Early Utah collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

This collection contains a series of diverse items purchased from a private collector of Utah materials.

Samuel Richards: Born 9 August 1824 in Richmond, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. A member of the first city council of Salt Lake City. Also an alderman, a president of the Salt Lake City Council, a Justice of Salt Lake County, a member of the Territorial Legislature, and a U. S. commissioner for Davis County. Died 26 November 1909 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Samuel Richard Jewkes: Born 22 August 1853 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Died 27 August 1886 in Orangeville, Emery County, Utah.

Giles Moses: Born 26 April 1798 in Norfolk, Connecticut. Died 1870 in Salt Lake City, Utah

H. S. Lippincott: One time Vice President of the Pauly Jail Building Company.

Pauly Jail Building Company: Founded in 1856 by Mr. P. J. Pauly, a German-American born in 1832. Incorporated in St. Louis, Missouri in 1885. First to use steel jail construction. Union Springs, Bullock County Website. Attractions: 1897 Pauly Jail Museum. (accessed 18 December 2005). See also Pauly Jail Building Company, Inc.

Ashton Bros. Contractors: No information.

Joseph S. Roberson: A Salt Lake City agent on the Ben Holladay Overland Stage Line.

Sidney A. Knowlton: Born 24 May 1793 in Ashford, Windham, Connecticut. A farmer and stockraiser. Died 20 April 1863 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Hawkeye Steel Barb Fence Company: No information found.

Louisa Lula Greene Richards: Born 8 April 1849 in Kanesville, Pottawattamie County, Iowa. A member of the general board of the Primary Association from 1892–1917. First editor of the Woman's Exponent, the first publication owned and edited by women of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Author of hundreds of poems and stories that appeared in the LDS Church periodicals. Died 9 September 1944 in Salt Lake City.

Joseph F. Merrill: Born 24 August 1868 in Richmond, Cache County, Utah. Received a B.S. from the University of Michigan in 1893 and a PhD from Johns Hopkins in 1899. Was a professor of physics and electrical engineering at the University of Utah, as well as the principal of their State School of Mines. An Apostle of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1931 to his death. Died 3 February 1952 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Joseph W. Summerhays: Born 15 January 1849 in Pimlico, Middlesex, England. Founded J. W. Summerhays & Sons hide and wool business. On the Board of Directors of the Deseret News. Ordained a Seventy on 11 March 1876. First mayor and Chairman of the Town Board of Forest Dale, Utah (now part of Salt Lake City). Also, Chairman of the Water and Power Commission of Forest Dale. Died 28 June 1929 in Salt Lake City.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The items have been divided into five series: 1) Account Books, 1850–1881; 2) Letters, 1864-1912; 3) Business Items, 1854-1908; 4) Ephemera, 31 March 1866; and 5) Poem, 7 April 1868.

Arrangement note

The items have been divided into five series: 1. Early Utah account books, 1850–1881; 2. Early Utah letters, 1864-1912; 3. Early Utah business items, 1854-1908; 4. Early Utah ephemera, 1866; and 5. Early Utah poetry, 1868.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

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Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; Jana Lloyd; December 2005.

Register of the Early Utah collection
Jana Lloyd
December 2005
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States