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J. W. Phelps diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2318

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.


  • 1857-1859


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.

Biographical History

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


Custodial History

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
Description rules
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