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Oliver Boardman Huntington papers

 Collection — Box: 3
Identifier: MSS 162

Scope and Contents

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 Latter-day Saint 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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

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.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



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.


History of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.a, 2020)

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
Under Revision
Jennifer Kim
2011 September 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