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Jonathan Oldham Duke autobiography and diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 227

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a handwritten autobiography and three volumes of diaries kept by Jonathan Oldham Duke from 1850 to 1857. Also includes a transcription of volume 1 and volume 2.


  • 1850-1857


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Typescript available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Jonathan Oldham Duke was born on 31 August 1807 in Bristol, England. He immigrated to the United States in 1829, accompanied by his wife of one year, Mary (Stone) Duke. While living in New York, Mary’s father introduced Jonathan and Mary to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, which the couple joined in 1839.

Accompanied by their four children, Jonathan and Mary left the New York area in 1840 to gather with the Latter-day Saints at Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1850 the family immigrated to Utah in the James Pace Company and settled in Provo. Jonathan was called as Provo’s first Latter-day Saint bishop in 1852, a calling he held until his death sixteen years later.

Mary and Jonathan had six children. When Jonathan married two plural wives, Sarah and Martha Thompson, in 1855 and 1856, the family grew to eventually include twenty-one children. Jonathan worked as a stonemason and farmer. He served as a city councilman and justice of the peace in Provo.

Jonathan Oldham Duke died on 31 October 1868 in Provo, Utah.


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Provenance of collection unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition unknown.


The history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and Mormonism (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts collection development policy, V.B.5.a., January 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of volume 1 available in folder 2. Transcription of volume 2 available in folder 3.

Processing Information

Processed; Ryan Lee; 2020. Corrected title and "Existence and Location of Copies" note, updated biographical note, added item-level components, upgraded to DACS compliance in preparation for digitization.

Register of Jonathan Oldham Duke autobiography and diaries
Rose Frank
2011 September 21
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