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John William Crook diary and account book

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 157

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary and account book of the Heber Canal Company in Utah. Crook wrote a brief autobiography, including the names of the original settlers of Heber City. He described both the public schools and Mormon Sunday Schools in Heber City during the 1860s and 1870s and gave the names of teachers and students. Crook also presents the names of students attending the Brigham Young Academy of Provo, Utah from 1879 to 1881. In addition, the diary covers events of Crook's life from 1886 to 1903.


  • 1886-1903


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted; patrons must use transcript. Permission to use original item must be obtained from the Curator of 19th and 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John William Crook diary and account book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John William Crook was born in Provo, Utah in April 1858 but raised in Heber, Utah. He married Sarah Boyd and lived in Heber, Utah, working on farming and irrigation until his death in 1950. John Crook was the first historian of the Heber, Utah area.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)




Handwritten diary and account book of the Heber Canal Company written by John Crook from 1886 to 1903.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital version available online.

Photocopy of diary available in repository.

Related Materials

See John Crook papers (MSS 158) for materials related to John William Crook's father and a few documents related to John William Crook, including his and his wife's patriarchal blessings.

Processing Information

Processed; Melanie Nef; August 2008.

Register of John William Crook diary and account book
Melanie Nef
2008 September
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.
National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Western Waters (WWDL) Grant, 2007-2010

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States