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Patience Loader Archer autobiography

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Identifier: MSS SC 3238

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten autobiography. Patience tells about her early life in England and her conversion to the Mormon Church. She presents one of the best accounts from the Martin handcart company and goes into considerable detail on the ordeal. Patience tells about the rescue and the continuous efforts of the people in the ill-fated handcart company to survive. She also writes about her arrival in Salt Lake City, Utah, and about the efforts by Brigham Young, second president of the Mormon Church, to console the survivors. She also tells about her marriage to John Rozsa in 1858 and her life in Camp Floyd, Utah. Patience followed her husband when he went to Washington, DC, to participate in the Civil War. After the war, they moved to Fort Leavenworth and later to Fort Kearny. When she returned to Utah, her husband died on the way.


  • 1872


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 Patience Loader Archer autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints, and a survivor of the Martin handcart company of 1856.


3 folders (267 p.)

Custodial History

This item was phtocopied from the 920 microfilm collection, reel 17.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Patience Loader Archer autobiography
In Progress
Rose Frank
25 February 2011
Description rules
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