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Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints -- History -- 19th century

Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 6 Collections and/or Records:

Benjamin C. Critchlow correspondence

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227613525]
Identifier: MSS SC 3267
Scope and Contents

The collection includes three letters written by Benjamin C. Critchlow between 1872 and 1887. The first is to his parents and dates from his mission; the second two were written to his wife Martha while he was hiding for polygamy.

Dates: 1872-1887

Herman Grether autograph album from the Utah Territory Prison

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197225531513]
Identifier: MSS 3298
Scope and Contents

Contains autographs and personal notes written by various male Mormon Church members and leaders, circa 1887, convicted and incarcerated for polygamy (a violation of the Edmunds Act) at the Utah Territory Prison (Sugarhouse, Salt Lake County, Utah). The book contains testimonials, affirmations of LDS Church doctrine regarding polygamy, expressions of familial support, poetry regarding polygamy, and expressions of sympathy for Herman Grether.

Dates: 1887

Jens Hansen diary

 Item — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3876
Scope and Contents

Collection contains two photocopies of Jens Hansen's diary from 1886, which includes an account of his trial and experience in the territorial penitentiary. Diary is written in parallel versions, one a narrative account and the other a series of daily entries. Also includes copies of autograph book entries written by Hansen during his stay. His entries describe conditions and activities in the prison, and his relationship with his family.

Dates: 1886

Letters and articles on LDS church history and pioneers, off-shoots, and polygamy, between 1878 and 1954

 File — Box 5: Series 6 [Barcode: 31197233277612], Folder: 26
Identifier: MSS 1511 Series 6 File 26
Scope and Contents

Contains various letters and papers written about the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and its pioneer emigrants and immigrants. Includes information on the relationship of James Strang and Orson Hyde, as well as a copy of the Petition to the Governor of Utah to pardon various church leaders and other members being held in the Utah Penitentiary for polygamy. Materials undated, but probably written between 1878 and 1954 (when Samuel Russell was alive).

Dates: between 1878 and 1954

Mary Jane McCleve Meeks biography

 Collection — Box 1, Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1627
Scope and Contents

This collection contains the biography of Mary Jane McCleve Meeks written by Naomi A. Jensen. Mary Jane McCleve was born in Crawfordsburn, Ireland, in 1840. Mary Jane emigrated to Utah with her family at the age of 16. The family traveled with the S. Curling ship to Boston and crossed the plains with the Daniel D. McArthur Company. She married Dr. Priddy Meeks in 1856 and they had eleven children. She died at the age of 93 in 1933.

Dates: 1969 July 21

Samuel Russell, Sr. letters, 1889 April 16-1891 November 29

 File — Box 2: Series 2; Series 3 [Barcode: 31197233277588], Folder: 10
Identifier: MSS 1511 Series 3 File 7
Scope and Contents

Contains letters of Samuel Russell, Sr. to Nathaniel V. Jones, George Lee, and his family. Also includes notes from the 61st Annual Conference of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and two letters about polygamy and the manifesto. Materials dated April 16, 1889 to November 29, 1891.

Dates: 1889 April 16-1891 November 29