Skip to main content

Latter Day Saint pioneers -- United States -- Diaries

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

William Snow autobiography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 60
Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiographical materials. Snow writes about his early life in Vermont, conversion to the Mormon Church, and missionary work. Some genealogy and patriarchal blessings are included. Snow made the overland journey by ox team from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Salt Lake City in 1850. He writes of numerous deaths from cholera, problems with company discipline, and travelling conditions.

Dates: 1850

Elijah Larkin diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 175
Scope and Contents Materials include three volumes of handwritten diaries where Larkin writes about his life in England as a policeman; his immigration to America in 1863 aboard the ship Amazon; and, the overland journey from Florence, Nebraska to Salt Lake City by ox team in the Daniel D. McArthur Company. Larkin includes a description of preparations for the trail, and wrote lengthy and detailed daily entries about the appearance and geography of the overland trail, company discipline, hunting, and births...
Dates: 1854-1867

Job Smith diary and autobiography

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232489010]
Identifier: MSS 881
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary and autobiography. Smith writes about his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England, his immigration to the United States in 1843, and life at Nauvoo, Council Bluffs, and Winter Quarters. The account is retrospective until 1849 and some of the early materials are written in Pitman shorthand. Smith returned to England in 1849 and served as president of the Bedfordshire Branch for five years. Smith concluded his mission in 1854 and made the...
Dates: 1849-1877

Emmeline B. Wells diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 510
Scope and Contents Contains Emmeline B. Wells's original diaries from 1844 to 1920. Her often daily entries spanning nearly 80 years present pragmatic descriptions of daily activities along with her own daily opinions, insights, and impressions. The accounts are often lengthy and detailed. Volume 1 begins with her departure from Massachusetts in 1844 and also includes her journey from Nauvoo, Illinois, with other Saints headed West. Other volumes provide insights into her roles with the Woman's Exponent and...
Dates: 1844-1920

Emmeline B. Wells diary typescripts

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1407

Includes two linear feet of unedited typed transcripts including the years 1844-1846 and 1874-1920. Her entries are daily, tell of her activities, and often present her opinions and impressions as well. The accounts are often lengthy and detailed. The 1882 diary also includes entries by Well's daughter, Louisa.

Dates: 1844-1920

Joseph Young diary and accounts

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 23
Scope and Contents

Handwritten account book and diary. Accounts date from 1848 to 1855. Pages 67 to 104 of the diary relate Young's overland journey to Utah in 1850 by ox team. Young writes about general travelling conditions and trail landmarks, several deaths from accident and disease, encounters with Indian tribes, the condition of neighboring companies on the trail, and his duties as captain.

Dates: 1848-1855