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Ezra C. Robinson journal

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4138

Scope and Contents note

Diary begins while Robinson was serving on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Princeton, North Carolina. The diary covers November 15, 1897 to April 1908. At one point, while preaching to a congregation, Robinson feels inspired to joke. That pleases the audience and gave them kind feelings toward the Church. At another point, he preaches for a long time and records, [N]o matter how indifferent or cold they are at first, they are bound to be melted down if we preach long enough to get down into their hearts. Robinson writes about Spencer W. Kimball’s snake dream, and dreams an investigator named Mrs. Hales had. He writes about the fates of mob leaders who attacked missionaries in Florida. Special spiritual experiences occur, including the speaking of tongues and miraculous healings. Amazing success happens; in Robinson’s words About 90 Saints in Wayne Co, and the first person was baptized about two years ago.

On July 4, 1898, Robinson has a farewell conference but tickets are delayed for several weeks. He returns to Utah and speaks at different cities; he is a great orator and receives many compliments. He researches English literature (friends tease him for not continuing to pursue law). He attends the University of Utah from 1894-5, then works in a brick yard. At some point, he serves a mission to Arizona.

197 pages in a 5 by 8 inch red book. Some pages cling together, some have ink leaks.


  • 1897-1908


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Ezra C. Robinson journal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ezra Clark Robinson was born on July 22, 1872 to Joseph C. Robinson and Mary E. Clark in Farmington, Davis County, Utah. He married Nellie May Hatch (or Maghatch) on November 12, 1899. He passed away on September 26, 1950.


1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Ezra Clark Robinson's diary, covering November 15, 1897 to April 1908.

Custodial History note

Donated by Evan Eastley in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Evan Eastley; 1988.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th - 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Register of Ezra C. Robinson journal
H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
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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