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Parley P. Pratt papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 4

Scope and Contents

Collection contains various items related to Pratt's missionary service and letters with his wives and other family. Includes a handwritten diary of Pratt and his wife, Phoebe Sopher Pratt, kept while the Pratts were on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in South America from 1851 to 1852. Also included are three handwritten letters and eight fragments of manuscripts by Parley P. Pratt. All items date from 1851 to 1855.


  • 1851-1855


Conditions Governing Access

Originals are restricted. Photocopy and typescript of journal available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Parley P. Pratt papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Parley P. Pratt (1807-1857) was an American religious leader and missionary.

Parley P. Pratt was born April 12, 1807 in Burlington, New York, to Jared Pratt and Charity Dickinson Pratt. He served as an apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1835 to his death in 1857. Pratt also served in several missions for the Church, including the British Mission (April 1841-October 1842 and October 1846-January 1847); Eastern States Mission (president from December 1844-August 1845); and was the first Latter-day Saint missionary in South America (March 1851-March 1852). It was while serving a mission that Parley P. Pratt was assassinated May 13, 1857 in Alma, Arkansas.


11 folders (0.55 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Provenance of collection unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source of acquisition of collection unknown.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy and typescript of journal of mission to Chile, 1851-1852, located in folder 11. Photocopies of the rest of the collection are available as part of MSS 7.

Processing Information

Updated for DACS compliance; Ryan K. Lee; 2019.

Register of Parley P. Pratt papers
Rose Frank
2011 September 14
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