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Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 184

Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography and diary. The account is retrospective until 1856. Edwards writes extensively about his conversion to the Mormon Church in 1839, life at Nauvoo, Illinois, and the death of two of his wives. There is a lengthy discussion in the opening pages of the diary about astronomy and a family cooperative city, "Edwardsville," which he hoped to build. Edwards made the overland journey from Iowa to Salt Lake City in 1848 by ox team and writes briefly about the scarcity of feed and company organization. The rest of the diary discusses life in Utah, Edwards' business pursuits and legal problems, and family relations.


  • 1856-1882


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Photocopies and typescript for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical note

Mormon pioneer, sawmill operator, and farmer who settled in Utah in 1848.


1 v. (ca. 150 p.)(0.25 linear ft.) : (+ 1 vol. of photoscripts)(+ 1 typescript)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of original available in folder 2. Transcriptions available in folder 3.

Register of Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary
Benjamin Sipes
2011 May 23
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