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Thomas Durham autobiography and diary

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Identifier: MSS 517

Scope and Contents

Typewritten copy of an autobiography and diary. Durham wrote his autobiography in 1854 and started his diary the same year. The journal is sketchy in many places and has many gaps. Durham wrote about his youth in England, his conversion to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, his mission in England, his spiritual manifestations, blessings, and his migration to Utah. He left Florence, Nebraska, on 23 Aug. 1856 and arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 30 Nov. 1856. He apparently traveled in one of the ill-fated handcart companies that got caught in the snows in Wyoming. Durham writes about the hardships he faced during the ordeal.


  • 1854-1871


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Open for public research.

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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

English convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and a pioneer to Utah.


1 item (18 p.)(0.03 linear ft.)

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