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Life sketch of Eliza R. Snow

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1407

Scope and Contents

Copy of handwritten autobiography, from the Bancroft collection, of Eliza R. Snow written in 1885. Along with her story, Snow included poems and song lyrics she wrote. The 49 pages are glued to acid free paper. Materials are dated 1885.


  • 1885


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Biographical / Historical

Eliza Roxey Snow was born January 21, 1804 in Becket, Massachusetts to Oliver Snow and Rosetta Lenora Pettibone. Her family moved to Ohio while she was a child, where she joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1835. She followed the early migrations of the Saints, working as a teacher in Kirtland, Ohio and Nauvoo, Illinois. In 1842 she married Joseph Smith, and after his death married Brigham Young in 1849.

Snow was deeply involved in the Church, participating in the organization of the Relief Society and later serving as its second general president. She was also a noted author and poet in pioneer Utah. Snow died on December 5, 1887 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


49 sheets ; 36-37 x 22 cm

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

See also the Snow (Eliza R.) Diary (MSS SC 3239; Brigham Young University), the Snow (Eliza R.) Letter (MSS 7683; Brigham Young University), and the Snow (Eliza R.) Letters (MSS 607; Brigham Young University).


Note on first page: "Bancroft Library; University of California"

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023.

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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