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Oliver Boardman Huntington papers

 Collection — Box: 3
Identifier: MSS 162
Collection contains diaries, ephemera, and patriarchal blessings produced by Oliver Boardman Huntington and his son, Oliver B. Huntington. Items document the early history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, the Mormon exodus to the West, and the establishment and early development of Utah. Materials date from between 1843 and 1932.

Transcriptions of most items also available.


  • 1843-1932


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should access online digital copies or transcripts.

Conditions Governing Use

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


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Biographical History

Oliver Boardman Huntington (1823-1907) was a Mormon pioneer, explorer, missionary, and diarist.

Oliver Boardman Huntington was born in Watertown, Jefferson County, New York in 1823. When his father joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Church in 1835, his family relocated to Kirtland, Ohio. Following this move, Huntington and his family continued to move across the country with the Church, finally establishing themselves in Utah. Huntington was ordained an elder in the Latter-day Saint Church in 1843 and served a mission to the western state of New York. He later served a mission in 1846 to England.

In Utah, Huntington worked as a farmer, schoolteacher, miner, and beekeeper. He settled with his family in Springville, Utah where he remained active in the Church. He died in Springville on February 7, 1907.


Organized in two series: 1. Oliver Boardman Huntington diaries. 2. Oliver B. Huntington record books and other material.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies or originals available online. Transcriptions available in Box 3.

Related Materials

See also Oliver Boardman Huntington autobiography, ca. 1880 (MSS SC 2219).

Processing Information

Processed; Jennifer Kim; 2011.

Updated; Ryan Lee; 2016.
Register of Oliver Boardman Huntington papers
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 19
Description rules
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2016 March 14: Diary dated September 1899-May 1905 was added to the collection, and an item-level description was created; Ryan K. Lee, March 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States