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Robert Wilson scrapbook

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 3988

Scope and Contents note

One scrapbook assembled by Robert Wilson which includes various unrelated newspaper clippings as well as 28 pages of handwritten material entitled Mormonism--Notes. The notes on Mormonism appear to be a condensation and updating of John C. Bennett's History of the Saints, published in 1843. Differences include replacing the name Joseph Smith with Brigham Young in some places. Wilson also adds his own commentaries on fanaticism and what he sees are parallels between Mormonism and other faiths.


  • 1868-1869


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Robert Wilson scrapbook must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Robert Wilson was a journalist and author.

The inscription on the flyleaf of the scrapbook reads, Robert Wilson, born 1842. Commenced writing 1859; enlisted in Navy 1852; in the army 1861. A book of my own making, written by sunlight, gas light, and oil light; printed by many papers, at many prices to the author; praised, condemned, and sneered at; the poetry selected with two exceptions, and the entirety to my own liking. Have worked on the following; Chicago Journal, Detroit Post, Grand Rapids Eagle, Grand Rapids Democrat, Omaha Herald.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



One scrapbook of newspaper clippings and notes, compiled by Robert Wilson from 1868-1869.

Custodial History note

Donated by John H. Jenkins in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; John H. Jenkins; 1987.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts).

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 7 June 2007.

Register of Robert Wilson scrapbook
Meghan Mathews and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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