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George Beard diary

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9440

Scope and Contents

Travel diary kept by George Beard during a plein air painting and photography trip from Coleville, Utah, to Jackson Hole, Wyoming, and the Grand Tetons. Includes brief entries from August 15 to October 10, 1889. Some entries mention photographs taken at different places, along with a corresponding number. A list of photographs taken is at the end of the diary, and images captured include Jackson Lake, Grand Tetons, Grand Canyon of the Snake River, Smith's Lake, and Smith Fork. Also includes some hand-drawn sketches of views of mountains and Smith Fork, and a hand-drawn map of the area travelled. Also includes a pronunciation guide for wildlife, likely in a local Native American language, possibly Shoshone.


  • 1889 August-October


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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Biographical / Historical

George Beard was born in Yeardsley cum Whaley in Cheshire, England on December 21, 1854. He was the youngest of nine children born to Ellen Elizabeth Clark and Thomas Beard, who worked in a coal mine. His parents and oldest brother were baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1852, and the rest of the family was baptized later. George immigrated to Utah with his mother and sisters in 1868. They settled in Coalville, Utah, where George married Lovenia Bullock on March 31, 1877. They had eight children who were frequently shown in his artwork and photographs. Beard's artistic interests became a large part of his career aside from managing the Coalville Cooperative Mercantile Institution. He also taught choir, directed musicals in the Opera House, served as a Latter-day Saint bishop from 1889 to 1895, and served as mayor of Coalville from 1891 to 1892. George Beard died on October 3, 1944 in Coalville.


1 volume (unpaged) : illustrations, map ; 15 cm

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Custodial History

Purchased from Grandin Book Company (Lyndon Cook) in September 2020. Originally owned by Glen Rawlings, who purchased the diary from the Beard family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Grandin Book Company (Lyndon Cook); September 2020.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5. VII, 2007).

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of diary available in repository.

Processing Information

Processed: Tayla Boyer; October 15, 2021.

Register of George Beard diary
Tayla Boyer
2021 October 13
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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