John M. Bernhisel papers
Scope and Contents note
Collection includes letters, certificates of election, receipts, invitations, calling cards, maps, envelopes, deeds, family blessings, and a wallet with an engraving plate. Papers related to the settlement of the Bernhisel estate and secondary sources are also included with the collection.
- approximately 1825-1964
- Bernhisel, John M. (John Milton), 1799-1881 (creator, Person)
Conditions Governing Access note
Open for public research.
Conditions Governing Use note
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Papers of John M. Bernhisel must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
John M. Bernhisel (1799-1881) was a legislator and businessman in Utah.
John Milton Bernhisel was born in Pennsylvania on June 23, 1799, to Samuel Bernhisel and Susannah Bower. He graduated from the medical department of the University of Philadelphia in 1827. After graduating, he practiced in New York City until he heard the preaching of two elders of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, after which he left for Nauvoo to join the Saints in 1842. He was close to both the prophets Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. He married a widow, Julia Ann Haight, and also Elizabeth Barker in Nauvoo, Illinois. He arrived in the Utah Valley in 1848. On August 4, 1851, Dr. John M. Bernhisel was unanimously elected as Utah's first delegate to national Congress. During his term of service the construction of the National Central Railroad to the Pacific Coast, an act for suppression of Indian hostilities, the first postal service between the East and Utah, and other important issues were dealt with. He was elected the first vice-president of Zion's Co-operative Mercantile Institution, one of the founders of the University of Deseret (now the University of Utah), and even selected the books and had them shipped across the plains for the university's library. He died at the age of 82 in 1881.
1 oversize folder (0.3 linear ft.)
2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
The Papers of John Milton Bernhisel includes three (3) archival series: Series I: Political Papers, circa 1847-1864; Series II: Personal Papers, circa 1825-1910; and Series III: Secondary Sources, circa 1909-1964.
The collection includes three archival series: 1. John M. Bernhisel political papers, circa 1847-1864; 2. John M. Bernhisel personal papers, circa 1825-1910; and 3. John M. Bernhisel secondary sources, circa 1909-1964.
Other Finding Aids note
A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSSSC331.xml
Custodial History note
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Processing Information note
Processed; John M. Murphy, curator and Melissa Cowles, student processor; April 2007.
- Bernhisel, John Milton, 1878-1957
- Church and state -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
- Land tenure -- Utah
- Library legislation -- Utah
- Medicine and Health
- Politics, Government, and Law
- Public Works
- Science, Technology, and Health
- Utah -- Politics and government -- 19th century
- Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
- Washington (D.C.)
- Register of the John M. Bernhisel papers
- Melissa Cowles
- April 2007
- Description rules
- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
- Language of description
- Script of description
- Language of description note
- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
- Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008