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Walter J. Lewis mission journal

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Identifier: MSS 6900
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Image of Walter J. Lewis mission journal

Scope and Contents

Journal contains descriptions of the experiences Walter Lewis underwent during his time spent as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Wales at age 24. Though much of the journal is dedicated to missionary work and religious experiences, Lewis also takes time to write about his correspondences, the area he was living in, and also gives personal detail to many of the Latter-day Saints he worked with while in Wales. This journal covers the year of 1878. The journal does not give the starting date of Lewis' mission, but this journal is probably one of multiple journals Lewis kept while on his mission.


  • 1878


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Walter Lewis (1854-1924), son of William Lewis and Ann Evans, was born in Salt Lake City on June 25, 1854. In his early twenties, Lewis embarked on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Wales, where Latter-day Saint missionaries had been preaching since the 1840s. Following his mission, Lewis remained in the Salt Lake City, Utah region until his death on May 13, 1924.


2 folders (0.11 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

Journal was purchased by the repository on April 20, 2009 from Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to Chris Bench of Benchmark Books, they purchased the journal from Oliver Barrett who sold it for his father, Dallas L. Barrett, in March 2009. Dallas Barrett does not recall who Walter Lewis is or how he came by the journal. The family was unable to locate additional volumes of this journal.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Benchmark Books; 2009.


19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century Latter-day Saint mission journal.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in folder 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.

Processing Information

Processed; Megan Hall; April 5, 2021; Transcription added.

Register of Walter J. Lewis mission journal
Lissa Bogart
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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