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David John diary, 1885-1889

 Item — Box: 1, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 21
David John diaries, vol. 2
David John diaries, vol. 2

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary of John covering his life from June 1885-May 1889. Includes descriptions of his experiences in his duties as regional presiding bishop for the Utah Stake, member of the Utah Stake presidency, and Utah Stake Sunday School superintendent. Also includes entries related to his arrest, trial, hiding, and eventual time in prison for polygamy. Pages 320-329 includes a lis of people imprisoned for "the celestial law of marriage" from November 1884-June 1887. John also includes transcriptions of letters he wrote or received, as well as recounts dreams and visions he received. An index is included at the end of the volume. Dated 1885-1889.


  • 1885-1889

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.


520 p. ; 27 x 22 cm

Language of Materials


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