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Job Smith diary and autobiography

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 881

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary and autobiography. Smith writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, his immigration to the United States in 1843, and life at Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, and Winter Quarters. The account is retrospective until 1849 and some of the early materials are written in Pitman shorthand. Smith returned to England in 1849 and served as president of the Bedfordshire Branch for five years. Smith concluded his mission in 1854 and made the overland trip to Utah that summer by ox team. The diary mentions several deaths from cholera, encounters with Dakota Indians, and Smith's duties as captain of the company. Smith also writes about his life in Salt Lake City, particularly financial troubles and family relations between his polygamous wives.


  • 1849-1877


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Original diary restricted. Photocopy and typescript for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Mormon pioneer, basket maker, and resident of Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 v. ((231 pages) + 1 typescript (ca. 50 pages) + photocopies)

1 v. (231 pages)


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original diary available in folder 4. Transcription of diary available in folder 5.

Register of Job Smith diary and autobiography
In Progress
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 23
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