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John Lowe Butler autobiographies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 390

Scope and Contents

Collection includes three typewritten versions of the autobiography of John Lowe Butler. The autobiographies describe Butler's conversion to the Latter-day Saint Church, building Nauvoo, Illinois, officiating in the temple, experiences as Joseph Smith's bodyguard, the martyrdom of Smith, the expulsion from Nauvoo, the journey to Utah, the colonization of Spanish Fork, Utah, the Utah War and genealogical information of the Butler family, family wills and patriarchal blessings.


  • 1957-1970


Language of Materials

Materials in English.

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 John Lowe Butler autobiographies must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Lowe Butler (1808-1860) was a Mormon pioneer, farmer, and blacksmith. He was a bodyguard for Joseph Smith, and later settled Spanish Fork, Utah.


3 folders

Custodial History

Autobiographies were previously held in separate collections (MSS SC 2740), and were merged into a single artificial collection in 2008. Donated by Dr. Ulrich Bryner in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dr. Ulrich Bryner; 1976.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Register of John Lowe Butler autobiographies
In Progress
Elisa Visick
2010 July 1
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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