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Collection of land indentures

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1779

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 1,449 handwritten land indentures, mostly on parchment and some on paper. The materials relate to the sale and ownership of land in England over nearly three centuries, including deeds, leases, manorial records and mortgages. Also included are prenuptial and loan agreements, wills and probate records. Original provenance of the collection is unknown. Several documents were apparently mailed to George Minns, a Salt Lake City genealogist, but how the whole collection was compiled prior to its donation to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1983 remains unknown. These materials have been used as examples of handwriting for paleography courses.


  • 1405-1919

Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Latin.

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 Collection of land indentures must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


31 boxes (13 linear ft.)


Organized into fifteen series; Arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

Original provenance of the collection is unknown. The collection was donated on June 21, 1983 by Dr. David H. Pratt on behalf of the BYU Family and Local History Studies Department. Dr. Pratt and Dr. Ben Bloxham had been invited to inspect the collection at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City earlier that year.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Shanna Besendorfer and Rebecca Wiederhold; 2016-2018. Materials were received numbered and folded but in no discernable order. Each document has been flattened, housed in acid-free folders, and arranged in boxes according to size. Because of the various sizes of the materials, intellectual arrangement does not correspond to physical arrangement.

Register of Collection of land indentures
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 19
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States