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Writings and history of Jonathan Ellis Layne

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 31

Scope and Contents

Typescript (carbon copy) of an autobiographical sketch written by Layne in 1898 which gives details of his early life in Nauvoo, Illinois; his trek across the Plains to Utah; his settlement in Davis, Weber and Cache Counties, Utah; his experiences with the Mormon soldiers sent to oppose Johnston's army; and his eventual move to Alberta, Canada to escape arrest as a polygamist. Also includes extracts from his journal, 1887-1891.


  • 1877-1898


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 Writings and history of Jonathan Ellis Layne must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Mormon pioneer, polygamist, and colonizer of Utah and Southern Alberta.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

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Other Finding Aids

Also available on microfilm in Microforms Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Firmage; 1973.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Related Materials

Microfilm. Provo, Utah : Brigham Young University, 1957. 1 microfilm reel (positive and negative).


Discrepancies exist between the typescript and microfilm copies.

Register of Writings and history of Jonathan Ellis Layne
2010 May 13
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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