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Emma James Johnson autobiography

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 323

Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography with a typescript of the item. The history includes comments by John's daughter, Laletas Dixon. As a young woman Emma James migrated to Utah with the ill-fated Willie Handcart company. Emma describes how the decision was made to travel to Utah late in the season and gives many details on the nature of the journey and the tragedy which followed. She tells about the starvation, cold, hardships faced by her family, and the death of her father, William James (1809-1856). The item was copied from "Laletas Dixon's history of her ancester William James of the Willey Handcart Co. 1856." This history is located in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.


  • 1900


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 Autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Mormon pioneer.


1 item (20 p.) : typescript (6 p.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Emma James Johnson autobiography
Rose Frank
3 March 2011
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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