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John Law Blythe papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 791

Scope and Contents

File includes copies of a handwritten biographical sketch of Blythe, written by one of his granddaughters, Pearl Elizabeth Mitchell Boyce; typescripts of some of Blythe's 1874 letters to Brigham Young (1801-1877) reporting on the progress of the Arizona mission and relations with the Indians; a diary covering 1857-1874 as well as extracts from 1870 and 1878-1880.

The 1857-1874 diary describes Blythe's conversion to the Mormon Church in California; emigrating to Utah; and daily life and activities in Utah. The 1870 excerpts provide a brief autobiographical sketch, along with genealogical information and family history. The portion covering 1878-1880 discusses the author's mission for the Mormon Church in Scotland.


  • 1870-1880


Language of Materials

The materials in this collection are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public access.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from MSS SC 791 must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Convert to the Mormon Church, polygamist, and Mormon Missionary to Scotland and to the Indians in Arizona.


2 folders (0.16 linear feet)

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Register of John Law Blythe papers
In Progress
Patsy Shin Hernandez
2010 July 20
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States