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Mormon Church -- History -- 19th century

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 42 Collections and/or Records:

Collection on early Mormon history

Identifier: MSS SC 954
Scope and Contents

Materials include typescripts of records on early Mormon history. Includes information on Joseph Smith, William Smith, and John Whitmer, and other early Church leaders. Dated 1830-1846.

Dates: 1830-1846

David J. Whittaker donations on Mormon manuscripts, 1839-1857, undated

Identifier: MSS 19 Series 2
Scope and Contents note From the Collection: A. Gary Anderson and Milton V. Backman Jr., Max Parkin, David J. Whittaker, Lyndon Cook, Russell R. Rich and Clark V. Johnson, all faculty members of the Department of Church History and Doctrine at Brigham Young University, in cooperation with the historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called the LDS Church), and the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University, did research on sites related to the history of the Church. A. Gary Anderson...
Dates: Other: 1839-1857; Other: undated

Emigration office receipts

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230309715]
Identifier: MSS SC 1146
Scope and Contents

Emigration office receipts of the Mormon Church dated June 3, 1863 and issued in Florence, Nebraska. These items are orders for provisions and assure that the "warehouse" would pay Peter Anderson $2.50 and Peter Christiansen $2 in rations.

Dates: 1863

Emmett's Company

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230241470]
Identifier: MSS SC 465
Scope and Contents

Typewritten sketch of Mormon James Emmett's life dealing mainly with his command of an emigrant company of Mormons in the Mid-1840's. Typescript is marked "CHO, July 1920" at head.

Dates: 1920

Geauga County (Ohio) court record

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230317981]
Identifier: MSS SC 1930
Scope and Contents

One handwritten court record. The item is a copy made in 1860 by William N. Keeny, clerk of Geauga County, of the original court record dated 1839. The Halsted Haines Co. sued Joseph Smith (1805-1844), Hyrum Smith, Olivery Cowdery, Sidney Rigdon, Brigham Young, and other Mormon Church leaders for redress in connection with questionable business practices. Since the defendants failed to appear when summoned, the plaintiffs were awarded $2337.35 plus expenses.

Dates: 1839

Elisha Hurd Groves autobiography and biography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230238930]
Identifier: MSS SC 334
Scope and Contents

Handwritten life sketches (some photocopies) concerning Groves' conversion to the Mormon Church, his missionary activities and his immigration to Utah in 1848.

Dates: 1868

Timothy and Elisa Gunn letter to Levi Benyamen

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233292900]
Identifier: Vault MSS 729
Scope and Contents

Handwritten and signed letter by Gunn and his wife, Elisa, dated June 15, 1834 and addressed to Levi Benyamen in Massachusetts. This item describes the difficulties of raising crops in Connecticut and expresses strong anti-Mormon feelings. It also mentions Sidney Rigdon who was a Baptist minister and later joined the Mormon Church.

Dates: 1834 June 15

Joseph Holbrook autobiography

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227650576]
Identifier: MSS 3907
Scope and Contents Autobiography of Joseph Holbrook (typed). The autobiography is of interest to Latter-day Saints because it describes the religious and social climate that surrounded the events of the Restoration, Joseph Holbrook's conversion to the gospel and a first hand account of events of the Church in Ohio and Illinois. Joseph Holbrook lives in Albany, New York, for a time, and discusses his introduction to religion. It contains genealogical information of the Holbrook family, the Lampson family and...
Dates: 1806-1846

Robert Holmes letter

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230349372]
Identifier: MSS 3959
Scope and Contents Includes one handwritten letter (with typescript) written by Robert Holmes to his cousin Francis Holmes. At the time the letter was written, Robert was living in Salt Lake City, Utah Territory, while his cousin Francis was living in Iowa. The letter mentions the disastrous summer of 1855, when the "Mormon Crickets" virtually destroyed the Mormon crops. The letter also mentions other Mormons including John Benbow, Thomas Benbow, John Cole, William and Mary Jenkins, and Benjamin and Mary...
Dates: 1855

James Holt autobiography

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230312776]
Identifier: MSS SC 1451
Scope and Contents

Photocopy of typescript of an autobiography by James Holt (1804-1894). Holt talks about his early years, conversion to the Mormon Church, faith promoting experiences while preaching Mormon doctrine, hardships endured due to persecution, and traveling west to the Rocky Mountains.

Dates: 1881