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John F. Cobbey papers

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 158

Scope and Contents

Handwritten journal of Cobbey's overland journey from St. Joseph, Missouri to Cold Springs, California in 1850. Occasionally poetic, Cobbey describes buffalo, Indian villages he visited, and bouts of mountain fever in the company. Diary is very descriptive about the geography and nature of the trail. Cobbey had limited success mining and gives a brief description of conditions in California. Journal includes an essay written by Cobbey in 1852 for Walnut Grove Academy (now Eureka College). Collection also includes photographs of John F. and Thomas W. Cobbey, an 1863 newspaper article by Thomas Cobbey about the Civil War, and an TLS dated 2 October 1951 from W.O. Mussey, Jr., to Dr. Nolie Mumey giving information about Thomas Cobbey.


  • 1850-1951


Conditions Governing Access

Original journal is restricted. Photocopy and transcript are for patron use.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical / Historical

Native of Illinois and gold prospector who died at the age of twenty-seven.


4 folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Fred Rosenstock in 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Fred Rosenstock; 1974.


19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopy of original available in Folder 2. Transcription available in Folder 4.

Register of John F. Cobbey papers
Elisa Visick
2010 June 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
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