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Samuel Wagstaff papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7435

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes a nineteenth-century ledger, photocopied photographs, an incomplete letter written by Wagstaff while he served time in prison, and both a scanned image of the journal, included with a full transcription of the journal. The journal in the collection follows Wagstaff's business activities. The photographs in the collection display not only photographs of Wagstaff family members, but also death, birth, and marriage certificates.


  • 1865-1888


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

Biographical History

Samuel Wagstaff (1820-1897) was born in England and immigrated to Utah in 1862.

Samuel Wagstaff (1820-1897) was born in Upper Caldecot, England on October 20, 1820. Wagstaff married Mariah Lucy Webb in Northill, England on 25 December 1840. In 1862, he immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah. Upon arriving in Utah, Wagstaff moved his family to American Fork, Utah. While living in Utah, Wagstaff subsequently married Ann McLachlan, Hannah Dilloworth, and Isabella Motion. Wagstaff died in April 13, 1897 in American Fork.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes a nineteenth-century ledger used for a journal and an incomplete letter written from prison. Also in the collection are photocopied photographs and a typescript of the journal.

Custodial History note

The Samuel Wagstaff papers were donated by D. Jesse Wagstaff in 2009. The originals are maintained by the family.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; D. Jesse Wagstaff; 2009.

Appraisal note

Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.

Register of Samuel Wagstaff papers, 1865-1888
Lissa Chandler
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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