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Kate Dunlap diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 49

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary of Dunlap's overland journey from Lee, Iowa to Montana by horse team in 1864. Dunlap wrote an introduction to the item, dated 30 January 1865, describing Montana and dedicated it to "My friends." Diary entries are very detailed and describe the geography of the overland route, food and camping conditions, encounters with Indian tribes, and trouble with thieves. Dunlap also mentions meeting several disillusioned Mormons. Dunlap's husband served as captain of the company and hired several men to assist them with their teams. Dunlap writes about her duties as cook and laundress for the company. The item ends with a description of conditions in Montana.


  • 1864-1865


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 publish material from Diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Pioneer from Iowa. Dunlap was a school teacher, midwife, and practical nurse who settled in Idaho in 1883.


1 v. ((112 pages) + 1 typescript.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Diary
Rose Frank
2011 September 16
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