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Archibald Gardner autobiography

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 537

Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography of Gardner, detailing his birth and life in Scotland. Autobiography also documents immigration to Canada, marriage, and baptism in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also included are what seem to be financial notes from the years 1858 to 1862. Dated approximately 1858 to 1870.


  • approximately 1858-1870


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Archibald Gardner was born in 1814 in Scotland, but later moved to Canada with his family. He married in 1839, and later sacrificed his business to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1845. Gardner went to Nauvoo, Illinois, and migrated to Utah with the Mormons in 1847. While in Utah, he served as a bishop and a member of Utah territorial legislature. Gardner built sawmills in Utah and Wyoming.

Archibald Gardner died in 1902.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Provenance unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of autobiography located in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Andrea Wyss, student manuscript processor and Ryan Lee, curator; 2011.

Revised and updated; Ryan Lee, curator; 2016.
Register of Archibald Gardner autobiography
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 24
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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