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Joseph Lee Robinson journal fragments

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 5898

Scope and Contents

Joseph Lee Robinson's autobiography and journal, 1852-1893. Joseph Lee Robinson writes about his family, spiritual manifestations, conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith's teachings, his journey from Nauvoo to Salt Lake City, service as a bishop, how seagulls saved the crops, death of Jedediah M. Grant, his plural wives and his journey to southeast Idaho.


  • 1852-1893


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Born in Shaftesbury, Vermont, son of Nathan Robinson and Mary Brown. Family data; spiritual manifestations prior to and directly following his conversion to Mormonism, 1836, New York; vision of a temple to be built in Jackson County, Missouri; conversion to Mormonism of his wife, 1839; move to Nauvoo, Illinois, 1841; teachings of Joseph Smith on adultery and polygamy; lengthy discussion and personal testimony of the divinity of polygamy; spiritual manifestations and healings; preparations for departure from Nauvoo; exodus west; call of the Mormon Battalion; return to aid the poor to leave Nauvoo; journey to Council Bluffs, Iowa; journey across the plains; arrival in the Salt Lake Valley, 1848; temporary settlement at the mouth of North Canyon; call to serve as bishop of the North Cottonwood Ward, 1849; preservation of crops from the crickets by the seagulls; pioneer life in the Salt Lake Valley; settlement of Little Salt Lake Valley (Parowan), 1850, and Filmore, Utah, 1851; the reformation of 1856; death of Jedediah M Grant; family data concerning his plural wives and children; journey into southeast Idaho, 1885; incidents of healing.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 2007.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; 2007.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

These items are part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of Joseph Lee Robinson journal fragments
Rose Frank
2011 June 23
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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