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Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2180

Scope and Contents

Materials contain an account of Jesse Wentworth Crosby's activities in Cowley, Wyoming, and in nearby communities. Entries focus on canal construction, his store, and other business enterprises, plus agricultural, church, and political activities. Pre-1902 entries are mostly notes taken at LDS general conferences and other meetings, with a few diary entries interspersed. Diaries begin in earnest on January 1, 1902. Manuscript volumes, also on microfilm, span the following dates: (1) 1884 April to 1903 September (2) 1904 November to 1906 February (3) 1906 February to 1907 February (4) 1908 August to 1909 November. Three additional volumes, only available on microfilm, span the following dates: (5) 1909 November to 1911 April (6) 1911 May to 1912 December (7) 1913 January to 1914 December. Dated from 1884 to 1914.


  • 1884-1914


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Microfilm copy available for patron use.

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

Jesse Wentworth Crosby (1848-1915) was an early Mormon settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and member of the Wyoming legislature.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby was born on June 22, 1848 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jesse Wentworth Crosby and Hannah Elida Baldwin. He married Sarah Pauline Clark on October 4, 1867, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had twelve children together. He later married Sarah Francis Jacobs aprroximately in 1878, Annie Maria Davies in 1878, and Sarah Ann Meeks in 1894. Jesse Crosby was President of the Panguitch Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1882 to 1900. He was an early settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and was a member of the Wyoming legislature, representing Big Horn County, beginning in 1910.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby died on February 24, 1915, in Cowley, Wyoming.


6 folders (0.30 linear ft.)

1 computer disk

1 microfilm reel

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Brigham Young University has held a microfilm copy of the journals since the 1960s. The film was originally assigned the call number, 920 Z99 V. 3. Four of the original volumes were received in 1994. The originals and microfilm were subsequently assigned the call number, MSS 2180.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift; Unknown donor; 1960s and 1994.


Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy, V, b, v, 4; March 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital version of first four volumes available on M-disc in folder 5, and online.

Transcription of first four volumes of diaries located in folder 6.

Microfilm of all seven volumes also available.

Processing Information

Proccessed; Rose Frank; 2011.

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; 2020.

Register of Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries
In Progress
Rose Frank
2011 March 14
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