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David John diary, 1856-1885

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 21
David John diaries, vol. 1
David John diaries, vol. 1

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary of John covering his life from February 1856-May 1885. Parts of the diary are nearly daily entries, and parts are summaries of months or years of time. An autobiography of John up to 1856 is included in the first pages of this volume. Contents of the remainder of the volume include descriptions of John's mission to Wales from 1856-1859, his marriage to Mary Wride in 1860, migration to Utah in 1861, experiences settling in Provo and serving in a bishopric, stake Sunday School superintendent, and the Utah Stake presidency. Also includes details of a mission to Great Britain in the 1870s, and some entries on the topic of polygamy. Includes transcriptions of several letters to and from John. At the of the volume is a list of funerals at which he spoke, high priests he ordained, and an index. Dated 1856-1885.


  • 1856-1885

Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Photocopies, transcriptions, and microfilm also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from David John diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.


1 volume ; 28 x 22 cm



Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of autobiography from first part of volume 1, and copies of David John family group sheets, are in Box 4. Photocopies of entire volumes available in Box 5-7. Box 8-10 includes transcriptions for Volumes 1-5. Microfilm copy of diaries also available on 3 reels.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States