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Emily Young diary

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: Vault MSS 5

Scope and Contents

Collection contains one bound photocopied typed transcript of a diary written by Emily Young. She writes about her daily activities in Salt Lake City, Utah, as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and as one of the wives of Brigham Young. Also includes articles of interest likely copied from newspapers and magazines. The last page of the volume contains a life sketch and image of Emily Young. Dated 1874 to 1899.


  • 1874-1899


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 the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Emily Dow Partridge was born on February 28, 1824, in Painesville, Ohio to Edward Partridge and Lydia Clisbee. Her family moved to Independence, Missouri when she was seven years old. At the age of eight, Emily was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Jackson County, Missouri. The family moved to Illinois in 1839. Emily married Joseph Smith, Jr. on March 4, 1843, in Nauvoo, Illinois. After the death of Joseph, she married Brigham Young in September 1844, in Nauvoo, Illinois. Together they had seven children. In 1846, Emily traveled west with her children, spending one winter at Mt. Pisgah, Iowa and one winter at Winter Quarters, Nebraska, before arriving in the Salt Lake valley in the spring of 1848. Emily died on December 9, 1899, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 volume (125 leaves) ; 29 cm

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; 2024.

Register of Emily Young diary
Under Revision
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