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Mary P. Boller and Henry A. Boller papers

Identifier: Vault MSS 652

Scope and Contents

Contains handwritten letters and diaries by Mary P. Boller and Henry A. Boller, speeches given by Mary in Denver, Colorado, a scrapbook of clippings, a notebook of poetry clippings, a handwritten essay and photocopies of publications by Henry A. Boller or inscribed to him, and other loose ephemera. Diaries discuss personal affairs, and the letters deal with both personal and professional issues and document the literary career of Mary Boller. Materials dated 1853-1959.


  • 1853-1959


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 / Historical

Henry A. Boller was born August 17, 1836, in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Henry J. Boller and Anna Margaretta Pancoast. Henry A. Boller traveled to St. Louis in 1857 to investigate opportunities in the fur trade, and worked in St. Louis at Frost, Todd & Co. as a clerk in 1858. In 1860, Boller became a partner in a new fur trade company in St. Louis, working in North Dakota to build the business. The company dissolved in 1862, and Boller returned to Philadelphia, where he met his future wife, Mary Parsons. After spending time in the Montana gold fields, Boller returned to Philadelphia and married Mary Parsons on November 15, 1866, in New York. Boller wrote “Among the Indians: Four Years on the Upper Missouri, 1858-1862,” in 1867. Boller moved his family to Kansas to work as a cattleman in 1868, then to Denver, Colorado in 1878. He died in Denver on October 30, 1902.

Biographical / Historical

Mary Parsons Boller was born March 25, 1843, in New York City, New York to James Bowne Parsons Sr. and Eliza Ferris Cook. Mary married Henry A. Boller on November 15, 1866, in Flushing, New York. The Bollers moved to Kansas to where Henry worked as a cattleman in 1868, then to Denver, Colorado in 1878. Mary was a poet and writer. She died in Denver in 1910.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Mary P. Boller papers, 1863-1913. 2. Henry A. Boller papers, 1853-1959. 3. Mary P. Boller and Henry A. Boller letters and scrapbook, 1862-1910.

Custodial History

Purchased in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; 1981.


Western American history (Mormon and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.c, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; November 2023; Series created and inventory added.

Register of Mary P. Boller and Henry A. Boller papers
Leslie Evens
2011 December 9
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