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George Washington Bean diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1038

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries, two autobiographies, account books, patriarchal blessings, biographies of family members, and Bean family history and genealogy. Bean writes about his early life and migration to Utah; his work as an Indian interpreter from 1852 to 1853; his pursuit of the Ute chief, Walker, in 1854; his Indian mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Las Vegas, Nevada from 1855 to 1856; his life in Provo, Utah; his participation in the Black Hawk Indian War; and his work as a patriarch for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. With the collection are photocopies of Books 1, 3, 6, and 7 of the diaries. Also included are a "Book of William Cluff" and a "Family Record of George Washington Bean." These materials were photocopied from the 920 microfilm collection.


  • 1852-1897


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 George Washington Bean diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Probate judge in Provo and Richfield, Utah; county assessor and collector; deputy United States marshall; farmer; Utah legislator; prosecuting attorney, and member of the Utah Militia.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.) : (9 v. : 33p.) (6 folders : ca 300 p.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Iris Marcroft; 1975.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Formerly in film call number: 920 no. 10.

Register of George Washington Bean diaries
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 11
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