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Joseph William Summerhays diaries

Identifier: MSS 1323

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries and one typescript page of a diary entry from Joseph William Summerhays. Summerhays relates his activities while visiting Latter-day Saint historic landmarks while on a business trip to the Midwest and Eastern United States. Materials dated August 1884 to September 1885.


  • 1884-1885


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

Joseph William Summerhays was born January 15, 1849, in London, England to Caleb Summerhays and Margaret Moore. Summerhays immigrated to America when he was 16 years old, arriving in the Salt Lake Valley at 17 years old. He married Mary Melissa Parker on June 27, 1870, in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had 16 children. Summerhays co-founded a hide house business in Salt Lake City called Rowe, Morris & Summerhays, working as the general manager. This was later dissolved and Summerhays reformed the company with his sons, calling it J.W. Summerhays & Sons, dealing in hides, wools, and furs. He also formed the Utah Wool Pulling Company in Toole County and became known as a prominent businessman in the Salt Lake City wool industry. Summerhays was a member of the Deseret Sunday School Union Board of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Summerhays died June 29, 1929, in Salt Lake City, Utah, at the age of 80.


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; August 2022. Item-level description added.

Register of Joseph William Summerhays diaries
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 8
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