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Volume XI, personal journal / J. E. Talmage, 1905-1908

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 2
Identifier: MSS 229 Series 1
Image of Volume XI, personal journal / J. E. Talmage
Image of Volume XI, personal journal / J. E. Talmage

Scope and Contents

Handwritten and typed journal includes nearly daily entries from January 1, 1905 to December 31, 1908. Begins and ends with Talmage in Salt Lake City, Utah. Most entries are of meetings, lectures, and teaching courses for Sunday School or the University of Utah. Spent much of his time examining mine properties and other geological field work in Utah and Nevada. Mentions being issued a subpoena in January 1905 to give testimony and explain Church doctrine in the Reed Smoot case, his travels to Washington, D. C., and subsequent experience in court. Describes at length his son, Sterling's, sickness while traveling with family in California in July 1905. Mentions San Francisco earthquake in April 1906 and subsequent reports of conditions and efforts to provide aid to the city. Travels to Philadelphia and New York City in 1906, and Pittsburgh in 1907, for a museum conference and business purposes. Several pages are devoted to the death of Talmage's mother, Susannah, in June 1906. Includes several clippings on the installation of a seismographic machine at the University of Utah in June 1907; Talmage's resignation from the university in July 1907; and a lecture given by Talmage in New Jersey in August 1908. Dated 1905-1908.


  • 1905-1908

Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Digital copy of the first twelve of thirty volumes of Talmage's personal journals (1879-1911) available online. Unedited typescripts and microfilm of all thirty volumes also available.

Conditions Governing Use

The literary rights to the Talmage collection rest with the Harold B. Lee Library and the Talmage family. Permission to publish material from the James E. Talmage collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services at


310 p. ; 16 x 26 cm

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm copy of journal is on Reel 3. Typescript of journal is in Box 29, Folder 1.


Holograph and typescript; includes newspaper clippings.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States