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Stillman Churchill diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 663

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries describing the overland journey from Lowell, Massachusetts to Deer Creek, Wyoming in 1849. Volume 2 concludes Churchill's journey to California. Churchill traveled with the Sagamore and California Mining and Trading Company. After its dissolution in late June, it is likely that the author joined the Oskaloosa Company. Churchill wrote detailed entries about company politics and disagreements, and also described other companies and emigrants he met on the trail. Diary mentions encounters with several Indian tribes and gives good description of travelling conditions. Bylaws for the Oskaloosa Company are included.


  • 1849


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 and gold prospector from Massachusetts who later settled in New Hampshire and worked in a woolen mill and furniture shop.


2 volumes (ca. 100 pages) + 2 typescripts (volume 1 and 2)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Diary
Leslie Evens
2011 December 8
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