J. W. Phelps diaries
Scope and Contents
These diaries are photocopied from a microfilm copy of the handwritten originals. Phelps kept the diaries primarily when he was involved in the Utah Expedition from 1857 to 1858 and the subsequent military occupation of Utah from 1858 to 1859. These items are volumes 15 to 26 of his diaries. Phelps writes about going to Utah "for suppression of the Mormons." He makes many negative comments on the members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints. He tells about the expedition and the establishing of Camp Floyd (Fort Crittenden) in Utah. Also included are newspaper clippings from the New York Herald relating to the expedition.
Conditions Governing Access
These materials may be used for reference only. Any duplication is restricted. Copies may only be requested from the New York Public Library.
Conditions Governing Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Phelps was a career officer in the United States Army. He was a cadet at West point in the 1830s and retired as a brigadier general in 1862.
1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
These materials were photocopied from the 920 microfilm collection, reel 12. The microfilm copies are now found in SCM 000959.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
- Register of J. W. Phelps diaries
- Andrea Wyss
- 2011 March 8
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.