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Diggle family papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2208

Scope and Contents

Mainly letters to the Samuel and Sarah Diggle family, in Iowa, from relatives, including Elizabeth W. Andrew and George Openshaw, Salt Lake City; Nancy W. Butterworth, Mary Diggle, and Mary Banks, Heywood, Lancashire, England; and Robert B. Whitaker, Kenosha, Wisconsin. Topics include family news, plural marriage, Brigham Young, and the family of Joseph Smith Jr. Envelopes accompany several of the letters. Includes letters from children of Elizabeth Andrew and Nancy Butterworth. Also includes real estate, tax, and other papers relating primarily to William, Samuel, and James Diggle, residents of Harrison and Pottawattamie counties, Iowa. Also incudes a certificate of US citizenship for Samuel Diggle.


  • 1854-1893


Conditions Governing Access

Microfilm is available without restriction. Permission is required from the Supervisor of Reference Services for access to originals.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Members of the Diggle and Andrew Families were among British converts to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints under the ministry of Apostle Orson Pratt in the early 1850s. The two families emigrated to the United States in about 1854. Samuel and Sarah Diggle settled in Iowa, where they became affiliated with the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (RLDS). Fredrick and Elizabeth Andrew settled in the Salt Lake Valley, continuing their membership in the Mormon (LDS) Church. Sarah Diggle and Elizabeth Andrew were sisters.


11 folders (0.33 linear ft.)

1 microfilm reel (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Finding aid available in repository.

Custodial History

A secretary in Brigham Young University College of Religous Studies found these papers in a binder while cleaning out a filing cabinet. No one seemed to know where they came from. Paul Peterson, Department of Church History and Doctrine, gave the material to David Whittaker, Special Collections, on 1 October 1999.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paul Peterson; 1999


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Diggle family papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 6
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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