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David W. Evans shorthand papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6857

Scope and Contents note

The David W. Evans shorthand papers consists of talks that David W. Evans transcribed in shorthand dated from 1842 to 1876. The talks are from prominent Mormon men, including George Q. Cannon, John Taylor, Orson Pratt, and George Albert Smith. Some of these notes and documents have been transcribed back into regular English.


  • 1842-1876


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 David W. Evans shorthand papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David W. Evans (1833-1876) was a reporter and teacher in Utah. He was born 6 January 1833 in Louth, England. He learned shorthand at the age of eight as he worked as a shoemaker. He emigrated to Utah, and worked as a reporter for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Deseret News. He married Elizabeth Alldridge on 15 June 1862, and they had four children. He died 5 July 1876 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The David W. Evans shorthand papers consist of talks that David W. Evans transcribed in shorthand, dated 1842 to 1876.

Custodial History note

Donated by Church Library Archives in 1979.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Church Library Archives; 1979.

Appraisal note

Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VI).

Processing Information note

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif; 7 May 2009.

Register of David W. Evans shorthand papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
7 May 2009
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