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James G. Bleak diaries and letters

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1691

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886), and George Albert Smith (1817-1875). The materials include information on affairs with Indians and also on matters relating to the United Order, an experiment in communal living conducted my the Mormons in the nineteenth century. The letters are largely from prominent Mormon Church leaders.


  • 1829-1918


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 James G. Bleak diaries and letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Mormon Church leader, missionary, and pioneer who lived and worked in southern Utah.


4 boxes (20 linear inches)

Language of Materials



19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcriptions available in Boxes 5-6.

Register of James G. Bleak diaries and letters
Lucy Brimhall
2013 February 27
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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