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Thomas Karren mission journals

Identifier: MSS 4065

Scope and Contents

Materials include two original volumes of journals kept by Karren while serving as a missionary in the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii). He describes learning the language, teaching doctrines and principles, developing the branch, and attending and holding conferences as well as dealings with ministers of other religions, miracles that occurred, and international events affecting the Sandwich Islands. The end of volume II includes some poems and song lyrics by Karren. Folders three through five contain photocopies and transcripts of the original journals. Dated 1853-1854.


  • 1853-1854


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 Thomas Karren mission journals must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Thomas Karren (1810-1876) was a Mormon pioneer in Utah.

Thomas Karren was born on May 2, 1810, on the Isle of Man. He married Ann Ratcliff in England in 1833. He served in the Mormon Battalion (Company E) from 1846 to 1847, and was then called to serve as a missionary in Hawaii from 1853 to 1854. He was the first settler in Lehi, Utah. He later married Selina Miller (1857), Elizabeth Milne (1865), Hannah East (1865), and Elizabeth Bowen (1868). He passed away April 4, 1876, in Lehi, Utah County, Utah.


5 folders (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Lydia Smith in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lydia Smith; 1988.


Mormon diarists (The Archives of the Mormon Experience.)

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of both volumes are included in collection.

Processing Information

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 22 June 2007.

Updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2013.

Updated; Zoë Brimhall; 2015.

Register of Thomas Karren mission journals
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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