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Lorus Bishop Pratt diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7479

Scope and Contents

The Lorus Bishop Pratt diary contains the diary of Lorus Bishop Pratt and a transcription. The diary documents his service as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.


  • 1877


Conditions Governing Access

Original diary is condition restricted; use the diary transcript.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Lorus Bishop Pratt diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Lorus Bishop Pratt (1855-1923) was an art missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Lorus Bishop Pratt was born November 27, 1855, in Tooele, Utah, to Orson and Adelia Ann Bishop Pratt. In 1877, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Eastern United States. On November 27, 1879, he married Harriet West Elzina Wheeler, and they had eleven children. In 1890, Lorus was called to serve an art mission in Paris, where he received art training so that he could create murals for the temple. He later decorated the first four temples in Utah. He died December 30, 1923, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 folders (0.17 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials were left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Alton M. Pratt in 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Alton M. Pratt; 1974.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Documents LDS missionary life during the late 1800s.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription available in Folder 2.

Physical Description

Poor; detached binding and detached paging.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of the Lorus Bishop Pratt diary
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2011 June
Description rules
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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