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Dalton family diaries

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 837

Scope and Contents

The collection includes copies of the diaries of Charles Dalton (1810-1891) and John Luther Dalton (1843- ). Charles was an early convert to the Mormon Church, lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and was an early pioneer to Utah. His diary is a fifteen-page typescript covering the years 1855 to 1858 during which he served a Mormon Church mission to the Indians of Idaho. He describes some contact with the Bannock and Nez Perce Indians, but most of the entries are short and relate to the repairs and other work he performed.

John Dalton's diary is a photocopy of the original with the inclusive dates of 8 Aug. 1892 - 6 Feb. 1893. It is about 50 leaves in length. John was quickly called as the president of the California Mission for the Mormon church when it was rumored he was to be charged with adultery by federal officials because he was a polygamist. He describes his journey to California and gives details of his activities as a mission president. The collection also includes miscellaneous items relating to the Dalton family including the typescript of a two-page biography of Charles Dalton.


  • 1890-1974


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 Dalton family diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


14 items (0.09 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Permission to copy given by Ida Dalton Drayer in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Permission to copy given; Ida Dalton Drayer; 1976.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of Dalton family diaries
Benjamin Sipes
2010 July 21
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