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John Austin Abbott mission diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7963

Scope and Contents

Contains five volumes of photocopied pages from the mission diaries of John Austin Abbott. Abbott served in the New Zealand Mission, and these diaries detail his daily occasions. He talks about his time with the Mormon Church, their lives, the weather, and baptism numbers. Dated 1899-1901.


  • 1898-1901


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 the John Austin Abbott mission diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Austin Abbott (1871-1954) was a Mormon missionary, miner, and farmer.

John Austin Abbott was born on August 12, 1871 in Plymouth, Utah to Myron and Laura Allen Abbott. He worked in the mines of Nevada as a young adult. He married Chrissie Eveline Whitney on March 12, 1895 in the St. George, Utah Temple, and together they had nine children. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Abbott was called to serve a mission to New Zealand between 1898 and 1901. He later labored as a farmer in Idaho. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 8, 1954.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Mary Lou Shaw in 1997.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Lou Shaw; 1997.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Abbott was a Mormon missionary to New Zealand, and his journals document his experiences there.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of the John Austin Abbott mission diaries
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
2013 April 4
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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