Emmeline B. Wells collection
For the majority of Wells' diaries, see Vault MSS 510.
- Wells, Emmeline B. (Emmeline Blanche), 1828-1921 (Creator, Person)
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1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
1 volume (0.25 linear ft.)
Biographical / Historical
Emmeline B. Wells was born on February 29, 1828, at Petersham, Massachusetts to parents David Woodward and Deiadama Hare. When she was four years old her father died, which meant she and her siblings were raised mainly by their mother. In 1842, she joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a child, Wells was very well-educated and began teaching in her early teenage years. She married James Harris at age fifteen, they had one son who died shortly after his birth, but Harris deserted Wells. Wells then married Bishop Newel K. Whitney in 1849 and they had two children. When he died in 1850, Wells raised her children on her own in the Salt Lake Valley, where they had immigrated to in 1848.
In 1852, she married Daniel Wells and had three more children. She continued teaching while in Utah and she also became involved in civic affairs such as suffrage and women's rights. Wells was the chief editor of the women's rights journal Women's Exponent. She was also friends with famous suffragettes Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony and in 1899 she was invited by the International Council of Women to speak at its London meeting as a United States representative. Wells served as the general president of the Relief Society of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1910 to 1921.
She died on April 25, 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Other Finding Aids
Immediate Source of Acquisition
- Account books
- Nauvoo (Ill.)
- Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints)
- Salt Lake City (Utah)
- Wells, Daniel H. (Daniel Hanmer), 1814-1891
- Wells, Emmeline B. (Emmeline Blanche), 1828-1921
- Women -- Suffrage -- Utah
- Women painters -- Utah
- Women poets -- Utah
- Woodward family
- World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.)
- Register of Emmeline B. Wells collection
- Leslie Evens
- 2011 November 17
- Description rules
- Language of description
- 2019 January 14: Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and added item level descriptions in preparation for digitization. Ryan K. Lee, Jan. 14, 2019