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William Anderson McGinley journal

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 4108

Scope and Contents

The journal of William Anderson McGinley, officially bears the name, "Loose thoughts, rambles in the South, southern scenes, the aimless dreams of one and twenty, the 'ominous gatherings' of idle hours commenced in the early part of my 22nd year, 1852." He accounts of leaving home on 28 January 1852 and studying at Mount Pisgah (Arkansas?) in November young McGinley has entered. This journal records in an interesting and chatty manner William's struggles to abandon a rather dissipated life--and his original legal career plans--for his childhood preference for the ministry.


  • 1852


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

Biographical / Historical

William Anderson McGinley lived from 1831 to 1896. His live went through legal and ministry career.


1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)

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Custodial History

These items were purchased by Special Collections in1985.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchase; Rick Grunder; 1985.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

These items are part of the 19th Century Western and Mormon Archives.

Related Materials

See also McGinley, William Anderson, 1831-1896. Rational triumph, or, The dangers of victory [microform] : a discourse delivered in the Congregational Church of the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, upon the occasion of the federal triumphs over the victories of February, 1862, and in view of ultimate victory, (Z 1201 .S32 Unit 193 22059 ).

Register of William Anderson McGinley journal
Rose Frank
2011 June 20
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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