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Mormons -- Utah -- History -- 19th century

 Subject
Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings

Found in 7 Collections and/or Records:

Gordon C. Cone diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 661
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary of Cone's overland journey by ox team from Waukesha, Wisconsin to California in 1849. Cone is a descriptive writer and proud to record "only facts." Diary describes traveling conditions, encounters with Indians, cholera outbreaks, fellow travelers, and government assistance at the end of the trail. Cone also spent time in Salt Lake City and wrote about his unfavorable impressions. After arriving at California, Cone made several trips to Sacramento. Life in California was...
Dates: 1849-1850

Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 184
Scope and Contents Handwritten autobiography and diary. The account is retrospective until 1856. Edwards writes extensively about his conversion to the Mormon Church in 1839, life at Nauvoo, Illinois, and the death of two of his wives. There is a lengthy discussion in the opening pages of the diary about astronomy and a family cooperative city, "Edwardsville," which he hoped to build. Edwards made the overland journey from Iowa to Salt Lake City in 1848 by ox team and writes briefly about the scarcity of feed and...
Dates: 1856-1882

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

William Henry Hart diaries

 Collection — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197232483005]
Identifier: MSS 1411
Scope and Contents Handwritten diaries with typescripts in four volumes. Volume 1 concerns Hart's overland journey by ox team from Quincy, Illinois to the Humboldt Valley, Nevada, in 1852. Hart is an insightful and descriptive diarist. He writes about cooking and commerce on the plains, encounters with Indians, and dissatisfaction in his company. Hart mentions a handful of deaths from cholera and includes a moving description of one funeral. He also gives a festive account of his company's celebration of the...
Dates: 1852-1888

Cyrus E. Phillips diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: Vault MSS 273
Scope and Contents Handwritten diary in two volumes. Phillips made the overland journey by ox team from Indiana to California in 1852, but the diary ends at the Humboldt River in Nevada. Phillips was an enthusiastic traveler and wrote about trail conditions, buffalo hunting, encounters with Indians, price gouging in Nevada, and significant disagreements within his company. Phillips visited Salt Lake City and gives a brief description. Phillips also writes about his trip by railroad in 1883 to Salt Lake City,...
Dates: 1852-1883

Herman Thorup journal

 File — Box 1: [Barcode: 31197225536322]
Identifier: MSS 3709
Scope and Contents Typewritten transcript of Herman Thorup's journal for the period of 1879 to 1929; documents his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Denmark, as well as his life in Salt Lake City, Utah; his arrest, trial, and imprisonment for "unlawful cohabitation"; his work as a florist and nurseryman; the impact of the Edmunds Tucker Act; Utah politics; his own political activities; his volunteer work; and his family and spiritual life.
Dates: 1879-1929