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Edwin Dilworth Woolley papers

Identifier: MSS 1403

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, diaries, notes, and miscellaneous items relating to Edwin Dilworth Woolley, Erastus Snow, and their families which were related through marriage. The materials deal with family associations with various Mormon Church leaders, the Grand Canyon, and a wide wage of Mormon and Utah history topics.


  • approximately 1850-1920


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 Edwin Dilworth Woolley papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Julius Woolley Dalley was born January 25, 1916 in Kanab, Utah. He died January 4, 2007, in Ridgecrest, California. He was a descendant of Edwin Woolley and Erastus Snow.

Biographical History

Edwin Dilworth Woolley Jr. (1846-1920) was an early member and leader of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who helped settle southern Utah.

Edwin Dilworth Woolley Jr. was born April 30, 1846, in Nauvoo, Illinois. His parents, Edwin D. Woolley Sr. and Mary Wickersham, were members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who traveled to the Salt Lake valley, arriving September 27, 1848.

At 15, Edwin was sent as a teamster to the Missouri River to aid Latter-day Saint emigrants. Later, he participated in numerous expeditions against Indians, including the Black-Hawk War. At the age of 20, he was sent to help establish St. George.

On March 9, 1867, Woolley married Emma Bentley in Salt Lake City. They settled in St. George where Edwin worked in various community positions, such as police work. On April 12, 1877, Edwin married his second wife, Florence Snow, daughter of Apostle Erastus Snow and Elizabeth Ashby. On the day after his wedding he left for a mission in England, which lasted six months.

In 1882, Woolley moved to Upper Kanab, Utah, to manage a Church-owned cattle ranch. In 1884, he was called by Erastus Snow to be the president of the Kanab Stake. In Kanab he was also involved in organizing a businesses and encouraging tourism. Edwin died on July 20, 1920.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

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Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Edwin Dilworth Woolley papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 8
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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