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David Pettigrew autobiography and diary

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Identifier: MSS 473

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a handwritten autobiography and diary with a typescript of the item. Pettigrew (apparently also spelled Pettegrew) started his autobiography in 1840. His diary is sporatic and has many gaps. Pettigrew writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, his life in Missouri during the persecutions of Mormons there, his experiences in Nauvoo, Illinois, his work as an LDS missionary, his participation in the migration of Mormons from Nauvoo, his service in the Mormon Battalion from 1846 to 1847, his coming to Utah in 1847, and his subsequent life in Salt Lake City, Utah. Also included are copies of patriarchal blessings of family members.


  • 1840-1861


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 David Pettigrew autobiography and diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Mormon pioneer and member of the Mormon Battalion.


2 folders (0.3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Originals

Original and digitized version of the item is at the LDS Church History Library in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Register of David Pettigrew autobiography and diary
Rose Frank
14 April 2011
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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