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Joseph Leland Heywood diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 179

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries for the years 1856 and 1857. In volume 1, Heywood traveled to California on government business. He left Salt Lake City for Washington, D.C. on 22 April 1866 and gives a short description of the overland journey to Atchison, Kansas. The remainder of the volume discusses political troubles in Washington, D.C. In volume 2, after resolving his affairs in Washington, D.C. and visiting family in Massachusetts, Heywood returned to Utah via St. Louis and Independence, Missouri. The diary describes his encounters with parties of Cheyenne and Shoshone Indians. Heywood also noted the murder of Almon W. Babbitt by Cheyenne Indians in 1856. The diary mentions meeting many other travelers on the overland route. The item ends near Devil's Gate in western Wyoming.


  • 1855-1856


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

Biographical note

Mormon pioneer who served as trustee for the property of the Mormon Church at Nauvoo, Illinois; postmaster for Salt Lake City; and U.S. Marshall for Utah. Heywood also helped to colonize southern Utah and the towns of Nephi and Panguitch.


2 v. (159 p.)(0.15 linear ft.) : (+ 2 typescripts)(volumes 1 and 2)


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of volume 1 is in folder 2. Transcription of volume 2 is in folder 3.

Register of Joseph Leland Heywood diaries
Benjamin Sipes
2011 April 25
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