William Butler autobiographies and letters
Scope and Contents
This collection consists of autobiographies and personal letters. Included are four personal histories of varying lengths. Butler described his visions, business matters, family relationships, church assignments, missions served, and recounted many colorful experiences including hunting down and killing the murderer of one of his children. The letters were written by William Butler and his first wife, Emma Harvey, to their Henry Harvey Butler in 1891-2 while Henry was serving on a mission to the Eastern U.S.
- Butler, William, 1825-1905 (Person)
Language of Materials
Materials are in English.
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 William Butler autobiography and letters must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Butler was born in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S., and joined the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City in 1850. Butler served three missions to Great Britain for the Mormon Church. When he returned from the first of these in 1856, he accompanied the Ellsworth handcart company to Utah. William was a farmer and lived primarily in Marriott and Kaysville, Utah. He served with Lot Smith and the Utah militia resisting federal forces in 1857-8. Butler had five wives, thirty children, and served time in the Utah territorial prison for bigamy.
1 folder (0.2 linear ft.) : (19 items)
Donated by Barbara Butler Anderson in 1986.
Immediate Source of Acquisition
Donated; Barbara Butler Anderson; 1986.
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Existence and Location of Copies
Reproduced in 1986.
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- Missions--Great Britain--Biography
- Missions and Missionaries
- Mormon handcart companies
- Mormon pioneers -- Utah -- Biography
- Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History
- Prisoners -- History
- Smith, Lot
- Utah -- History -- 19th century
- Utah -- History -- 20th century
- Utah Expedition (1857-1858) -- Biography
- Vigilance committees -- Utah -- Biography
- Register of William Butler autobiographies and letters
- Elisa Visick
- 2010 July 21
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- Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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- Finding aid written in English in Latin script.