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George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 415

Scope and Contents

Handwritten autobiography. The manuscript includes excerpts from diaries and copies of correspondence. The autobiography and letter copying were begun in the 1880s. Harris writes about his youth in England, his conversion to the Chrurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1849, his immigration to the United States in 1851, and the overland journey to Utah in 1852. Harris describes travelling conditions, the nature of the trail, and his work as a teamster. Harris settled in Pleasant Grove, Utah, where he married two polygamous wives. They divorced him in 1873. Harris moved to Salem, Idaho in 1888 and served as an LDS bishop there. Included are minutes of LDS Church meetings, minutes of the Salem Library Association, and patriarchal blessings of family members.


  • 1854-1892


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 History

Mormon pioneer, bishop, and merchant who settled in Utah and Idaho.


9 v. (9 vols. + 1 typescript in 4 parts covering from 1851-1884)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of journal available in four parts in Box 4.

Register of George Henry Abbott Harris autobiography
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 18
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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