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Henry William Bigler diary

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Identifier: MSS SC 3132

Scope and Contents

Photocopy of a microfilm copy of a handwritten autobiography and diary. Bigler wrote about his early life from 1815 to 1846 when his diary began. He was born in West Virginia, had encounters with Indians in that state, and joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1837. He moved to Far West, Missouri, in 1838; met Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church; suffered persecutions in Missouri; moved to Qunicy, Illinois, in 1839; and served on a mission for the Mormon Church in the Eastern States from 1839-1842. He served in the "Mormon Battalion", but there is a gap in the record from 1846 to 1853. Bigler served as a missionary for the Mormon Church in Hawaii from 1853 to 1855. He married Cynthia Jane Whipple in 1855 and lived in Farmington, Utah. He served on another mission to Hawaii in 1857. Bigler lived in St. George, Utah, for a time and worked on the Mormon Temple there.


  • 1846-1899


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 Henry William Bigler diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Henry William Bigler (1815-1900) was a Mormon pioneer and missionary.


1 v. (227 p.)

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Custodial History

These materials were photocopied from reel 6 of the 920 microfilm collection in 2001.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Henry William Bigler diary
Rose Frank
18 February 2011
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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