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John Crook papers

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 158

Scope and Contents

This collection consists primarily of three volumes of journals or ledgers kept by John Crook. The journals contain extensive and detailed autobiographical accounts, daily journal entries, financial, and business records. There is a photocopy of the first volume included. The collection also includes a folder of documents related to John Crook and his son, John William Crook, including patriarchal blessings, and a loose diary, family history records, correspondence, and financial records.


  • 1851-1941


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

John Crook was born on 11 October 1831, in Lancashire, England, to Daniel Crook and Margaret Kay. His parents joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1840, and John was baptized in 1847. John and his family left England for Utah in 1851. His father died in Kanesville (Council Bluffs), Iowa soon after their arrival. They lived in the area for 5 years before they were able to make the journey to Utah in 1856.

Soon after the family arrived in Utah, John married Mary Giles on 6 September 1856 in Provo, Utah. Together they had nine children and eventually settled Heber City, Utah, in the Provo River Valley. John helped lay out the city and established a farm in the area. He was also president of a local coal mining company.

John Crook died on 31 March 1921 in Heber City, Utah.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Handwritten diaries, newspaper clippings, genealogies, correspondence, and patriarchal blessings. The John Crook papers relates Crook's conversion, emigration to Utah, and major events related to his Church activities and work as a farmer and president of a coal company.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Provenance of collection is unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition is unknown.


Utah History (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.b, 2020)

Related Materials

See John William Crook diary and account book (MSS 157) for materials related to John Crook's son.

Processing Information

Finding aid updated; November 2021; Ryan Lee

Register of John Crook papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 August 4
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