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Neibaur family papers

Identifier: MSS 438

Scope and Contents

Contains typed copies of a diary, biographies, autobiographies, and miscellaneous items. Neibaur kept his diary from 1841 to 1861. This typescript is 60 pages long, and there are many gaps in the record. Neibaur writes about leaving England for the United States. He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and later migrated to Utah in 1847 where he lived in Salt Lake City. Neibaur writes about his experiences with the presidents of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Joseph Smith and Brigham Young. Also included are biographies and autobiographies of other members of the Neibaur family including Hyrum Smith Neibaur and Sarah Ellen Neibaur O'Driscoll.


  • 1841-1972


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 Alexander Neibaur diary and family biographies must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Alexander Neibaur (1808-1883) was a Mormon pioneer dentist and watch-maker in Utah.

Neibaur was born January 8, 1808 in Ehrenbreitstein, Koblenz, Rhineland, Prussia, Germany. His parents were Joseph Nathan Neibaur (Neubauer) and Rebecca (Rieke) Peretz. He was married September 16, 1833 to Ellen Breakell (1811-1870), and he had fourteen children. He also married September 1, 1871 to Elizabeth Hiley (1824-1896). He emigrated to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1841; taught German and Hebrew to Joseph Smith; and moved west with the Saints, arriving at Salt Lake in 1848.


5 folders (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by George Cobabe, descendant of Hyrum Smith Neibaur, son of Alexander Neibaur, in 2012. Also diaries and family biography purchased from Beth Moon.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; George Cobabe; October 23, 2012. Purchased; Beth Moon; January 1, 1975.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Audra Coleman, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Neibaur family papers
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 17
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