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James Lovett Bunting diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 738

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries. Bunting writes about his service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1857 to 1858 and his immigration to Utah in 1858. Bunting describes his preparation for the overland journey, which began at Florence, Nebraska, and the basic geography of the route. He also mentions meeting Colonel Thomas Kane. The diaries also describe Bunting's activities in Salt Lake City, Utah, his service in the Black Hawk War in 1866, his move to Kanab, Utah, and his various activities in the Kanab area. Bunting tells of his visits with Brigham Young, second president of the Church.


  • 1857-1920
  • 1857-1920


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

The originals are not for patron use due to their poor condition. Photocopies are available in MSS 1594.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Mormon pioneer, missionary, and city council member who settled in southern Utah.


7 v. (photocopies (6 vols.) + typescripts (1 vol.))

7 v. (photocopies (6 vols.) + typescripts (1 vol.))


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of originals available in Box 1. Transcription of volume 1 available in Box 2, fd. 1a.

Related Materials

Photocopies are available in MSS 1594.

Register of James Lovett Bunting diaries
In Progress
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 15
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