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What is the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries[edit | edit source]

The Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries is a collection of transcripts of biographies, diaries, journals, life sketches, and other documents pertaining to early members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the history of the state of Utah. The transcripts, chiefly typewritten, were made in 1936-1937 by the Utah Historical Records Survey of the Works Progress Administration Federal Writers' Projects. Transcripts were created in Logan, Ogden, Provo, Salt Lake City, St. George, and elsewhere in Utah. Transcripts usually list the name and locality of the possessor of the original diaries.[1]

The collection consists of 13 rolls of microfilm, each containing from 4 to 100+ items. No special title boards or images separate items.

The collection is available at the Family History Library in Salt Lake City on microfilm (FHL films 485332-485344), or as digital images that (as of 23 April 2020) must be viewed at the Library, a FamilySearch family history center, or a FamilySearch affiliated library.

Indexes[edit | edit source]

Three indexes exist for the collection. The first indexes the principal of each diary. The other two are every-name indexes.

  1. The inventory table, below.
  2. Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries, by Utah State University, Merrill Library Special Collections & Archives.
  3. Early Church Information File (ECIF), by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Family History Department.

Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries[edit | edit source]

The Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries (FHL book 289.3016 M552n) indexes all names in the diaries, not just the author. The first 11 pages are an alphabetical list of the diaries. Each entry gives the item author, item type, length, reel number, and item number. (The same information, sorted by reel and item, is included in the Inventory table, below.) In the example below, Elizabeth Hillyard Thompson is the item author, the item is a life sketch, 2 pages long, and is the 39th item on reel 8:

THOMPSON, Elizabeth Hillyard
   Sketch (2 p.) Reel 8:39

The remaining pages (pp. 12-391) contain an every-name index. Following each name is the page number and item author where that name appears. Here, the author's name may be abbreviated. In the example, below, Elizabeth Wool Hillyard appears on page 1 of the Elizabeth Hillyard Thompson diary, which has been abbreviated as E. H. Thompson:

HILLYARD, Elizabeth Wool
   p. 1 Thompson, E. H.

The Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries is available online in text-only format on a Utah State University, Special Collections and Archives web page. It is easily searchable using a browser's Find function (control-F).[2]

Early Church Information File[edit | edit source]

The Early Church Information File (FHL films 1750655-1750729) indexes the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries (and many other sources). However, the ECIF is not as complete as the Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries. The ECIF can be searched online in the "Utah, FamilySearch, Early Church Information File, 1830-1900" collection. Unfortunately, some ECIF cards were missed in the online index. If a desired name is not found, browse through the ECIF images.

ECIF cards for the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries have this format:

LDS
Film  Microfilm:
Area       Item:
       Diary of:
           Page:
The above person appears in this source:
Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries.
   Washington, DC: filmed by the Library of
Congress Photoduplication Service, 1950.
   1950 microfilm of Univ. of Calif., Berkeley
transcripts made in       1936-1937 by the WPA of
diary, journal, and       life sketch manuscripts
at various Utah              locations.

To see an example card, click here.

[WOULD IT BE POSSIBLE TO INSERT AN IMAGE OF A CARD?]

Using the Collection[edit | edit source]

To find an entry, 1. consult the name index, 2. note the page number and item author, 3. find the item in the inventory, 4. note the reel and item numbers, 5. determine the correct FHL film number, 6. view the film images, 7. search the images for the item, 8. advance to the specified page.

The Inventory table below contains image numbers for some film items.

As an example of using the collection, find Elizabeth Wool, using the Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries to identify the diary and page number.

  1. Go to the name index online. Use control-F to search the page, looking for Elizabeth Wool under maiden or married name, Elizabeth Wool Hillyard.
  2. Note the page number is 1 and the diary is "Thompson, E. H."
  3. In the inventory table below, use control-F to search for a diary matching the abbreviation "Thompson, E.H." Searching the table shows the match is "Thompson, Elizabeth Hillyard."
  4. The row of the inventory table indicates the diary is on reel 8, item 39.
  5. That row also indicates the FHL film number for reel 8 is 485,339.
  6. Search the FamilySearch catalog for that film number. Navigate to the film note and select the camera icon to view the images.
  7. Before manually searching the film for item 39, check the Frame/Image column of the Inventory table for the frame/image number. The table does not have frame/image numbers for all items. In this example, the frame/image number is 856. Navigate to that image.
  8. Remembering the desired page number is 1; there is no need to advance to a later page.

As a second example, find Verda Burdick. Use the Early Church Information File (ECIF) to identify the diary and page number.

  1. Search the ECIF for Verda Burdick.
  2. The card indicates that Verda appears on page 4 of the diary of M. L. Burdick, which is item 88 of FHL microfilm 485,339.
  3. Search the FamilySearch catalog for that film number. Navigate to the film note and select the camera icon to view the images.
  4. Use the inventory table or browse the images to find item 88, an interview of Moses Leon Burdick.
  5. Advance to page 4.
  6. Since the interview questions are not specified in the transcript, consult the questionnaires later in this article. While question numbers don't always line up, it is often possible to figure out the matching questions. For example, response 40, "Jack Bell," is the name of Moses's first teacher.

Inventory[edit | edit source]

The 13 microfilm rolls contain the following items. The list of image numbers is incomplete. Readers are invited to contribute additional numbers while using the collection.

Reel FHL Film Number Inventory Frame/Image Numbers

(Incomplete)

1 485332 INVENTORY OF MORMON DIARIES -- INVENTORY OF MORMON DIARIES (25 p.) (Item 1)

ABBOTT, George -- His Descendants (13 p.) (Item 2)

ABBOTT, Myron -- Diary (2 v., 315 p.) (Item 3)

ARTHUR, Christopher Jones -- Diary (5 v., 303 p.) (Item 4)

ANDRUS, James -- Life Sketch (33 p.) (Item 5)

WOOLLEY, Edwin G. -- Extracts from Biography (9 p.) (Item 6)

ASHWORTH, William B. -- Life Extracts (2 v., 13 p.) (Item 7)

ATKIN, William -- Biography (51 p.) (Item 8)

BEAN, George Washington -- Diary (3 v., 188 p.) (Item 9)

BELNAP, Gilbert -- Autobiography (55 p.) (Item 10)

BELNAP, Flora -- Autobiography (pp. 30-56 of BELNAP, Gilbert) (Item 11)

BELNAP, Adaline Knight -- Romance (2 p.) (Item 12)

KNIGHT, Vinson and Abigail Mead -- McBride Incidents in Lives (12 p.) (Item 13)

KNIGHT, Richard -- His Descendants (13 p.) (Item 14)

BELNAP, Adaline Knight -- Life (9 p.) (Item 15)

BELNAP, Adaline Knight -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 16)

SHUPE, Julia Etta Gay -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 17)

CARR, Agnes Ann Manning -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 18)

MCBRIDE, Abigail Mead -- Weber County Pioneer (4 p.) (Item 19)

PARDOE, Lenora Farr -- Biography (2 p.) (Item 20)

PACKARD, Rachel Farr -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 21)

GAY, Tirzah Farr -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 22)

SMITH, Diana Bingham -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 23)

SMITH, Diana Bingham -- Courtship (1 p.) (Item 24)

FARR, Nancy Chase -- Romance (1 p.) (Item 25)

PIDCOCK, Roxanna Farr -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 26)

GAY, Tirzah Farr -- Romance (1 p.) (Item 27)

KJAER, Helene Anderson Peterson -- Poem By (2 p.) (Item 28)

KJAER, Helene Anderson Peterson -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 29)

WEBER COUNTY DAUGHTERS OF UTAH PIONEERS -- Camp G. History (4 p.) (Item 30)

32: Box 1 (of 13 boxes).

33: Item 3, vol I.

144: Item 3, vol. II

325: Item 4, parts One & Two.

404: Item 4, part Three

523: Item 4

626: Box 2 (of 13 boxes)

627: Item 5

662: Item 6

671: Item 7

686: Item 8

741: Item 9, part 1.

788: Item 9, part 2.

860: Item 9, part 3.

940: Item 10

1023: Item 12

1039: Item 13

1062: Item 16

1092: Item 27

1093: Item 28

1103: Item 30

2 485333 BENTLEY, Mary Ann Mansfield -- Life Sketch (24 p.) (Item 1)

BIGLER, Henry W. -- Day Book, 1848 (18 p.) (Item 2)

BIGLER, Henry W. -- The Union (31 p.) (Item 2a)

BIGLER, Henry W. -- Journal (171 p.) (Item 2b )

BIGLER, William Henry -- Missionary Experiences (25 p.) (Item 2c )

BISHOP, Frances Marion -- Journal (18 p.) (Item 3)

BODILY, Robert -- Journal (90 p.) (Item 4)

BUNKER, Edward -- Autobiography (16 p.) (Item 5)

CARROLL, Charles Negus -- Life Sketch (16 p.) (Item 6)

CARROLL, Kezia Giles -- Sketch (17-46 p.) (Item 7)

COX, Delaun Mills -- History (37 p.) (Item 8)

COX, Martha -- Biography (62 p.) (Item 9)

CROSBY, Hannah A. -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 10)

DAVIES, John J. -- Diary (119 p.) (Item 11)

DAVIS, Vinson F. -- Daily Diary (6 v., 322 p.) (Item 12)

DUNSBEE, Thomas -- Journal and Notebook (9 p.) (Item 13)

4: Box 3 (of 13 boxes)

438: Box 4 (of 13 boxes)

3 485334 EARL, Joseph I. -- Diary (v. 1,2) (Item 1)

EMPEY, William A. -- Diary (133 p.) (Item 2)

HADLEY, Charles Whipple -- Journal (86 p.) (Item 3)

HAFEN, Ann M. S. R. -- Life Story (37 p.) (Item 4)

HAIGHT, Isaac C. -- Diary (2 v., 123 p.) (Item 5)

HAMMOND, William Wallace -- Life Sketch (19 p.) (Item 6)

4: Box 5 (of 13 boxes)
4 485335 HARMON, Appleton Milo -- Journal (2 v., 323 p.) (Item 1)

HARRISON, Richard -- Diary (15 p.) (Item 2)

HIGBEE, Emma I. Seegmiller -- Voices from Within--The Story of the United Order (85 p.) (Item 3)

HOLBROOK, Heber A. -- Journal (4 p.) (Item 4)

HUNTSMAN, Orson Welcome -- Diary (v. 1-2, 457 p.) (Item 5)

4: Box 6 (of 13 boxes)
5 485336 HUNTSMAN, Orson Welcome -- Diary (v. 4-5, 248 p.) (Item 1)

ISOM, George -- Memories (27 p.) (Item 2)

LAKE, George -- Diary (116 p.) (Item 3)

LEANY, William -- Life Sketch (17 p.) (Item 4)

4: Box 7 (of 13 boxes)
6 485337 LYMAN, Platte D. -- Journal (3 v., 321 p.) (Item 1)

MCMULLIN, Brigham Y. -- Incidents in the Life of (10 p.) (Item 2)

MEEKS, Priddy -- Journal (138 p.) (Item 3)

MILES, Samuel -- Life Sketch (37 p.) (Item 4)

MCCONKIE, Faun -- History of Moab, Utah (45 p.) (Item 5)

MOAB, GRAND COUNTY, UTAH -- History by Faun McConkie (45 p.) (Item 5)

NELSON, Price W. -- Journal and A Bear Story (4 v., 61 p.)(Item 6)

NELSON, William A. -- Diary (112 p.) (Item 7)

PARKER, John -- Life Story (12 p.) (Item 8)

PARRY, Edward -- History of the Erection of the St. George Temple (5 p.) (Item 9)

ST. GEORGE TEMPLE -- History of the Erection by Edward Parry (5 p.) (Item 9)

SAVAGE, Henry -- Family and Memories (122 p.) (Item 10)

4: Box 8 (of 13 boxes)
7 485338 SAVAGE, Levi Mathers -- Diary (148 p.) (Item 1)

SAVAGE, Levi -- Biography (sections 1-4, 6-7) (407 p.)(Item 2)

SAVAGE, Levi, Jr. -- Diary (42 p.) (Item 3)

SAVAGE, Levi -- Biography (section lA) (62 p.) (Item 4)

4: Box 9 (of 13 boxes)
8 485339 SAVAGE, Levi -- Biography (section 8) (34 p.) (Item 1)

SMITH, John Lyman -- Journal (76 p.) (Item 2)

SMITH, John L. -- Excerpts from Journal (20 p.) (Item 2a )

SPROUL, Andrew -- Diary (111 p.) (Item 3)

TILLOHASH, Tony -- Shevwit Indian Legends (31 p.) (Item 4)

TOAB, Foster Charles -- Piute Indian Words and Family History (5 p.) (Item 5)

TULLIDGE, E. W. -- History of Weber County (87 p.)(Item 6)

WEBER COUNTY, UTAH -- History by E. W. Tullidge (87 p.)(Item 6)

WALKER, Charles Lowell -- Book of Verse (147 p.) (Item 7)

WILSON, Mary Julia Johnson -- Ancestral Sketches and Memories (38 p.) (Item 8)

WOOLLEY, John M. -- Diary (39 p.) (Item 9)

STUCKI, Christian -- Life Story (5 p.) (Item 10)

SLACK, Lorenzo Jefferies -- Life (4 p.) (Item 11)

BUNKER, Elethra Calista -- Sketch (15 p.) (Item 12)

BEATTY, John T. -- Life (4 p.) (Item 13)

BRINGHURST, Mary -- Life (4 p.) (Item 14)

ADAMS, William -- Biography (32 p.) (Item 15)

BIGLER, John -- Interview (5 p.) (Item 16)

AVERETT, George Washington Gill -- Autobiography (30 p.) (Item 17)

SNOW, Edward H. -- Life Sketch (10 p.) (Item 18)

SPILLSBURY, Moroni -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 19)

SPILLSBURY, Roan -- Interview (4 p.) (Item 20)

STUCKI, Barbara Staheli Graff -- Life Story (2 p.) (Item 21)

STAHELI, John -- Autobiography (4 p.) (Item 22)

STREETER, George -- Preacher Tries Farming (8 p.) (Item 23)

BUNKER, Edward and Emily Abbott -- Article On (2 p.) (Item 24)

BIGLER, Henry William -- Journal (15 p.) (Item 25)

ANDRUS, Milo -- Autobiography (1 p.) (Item 26)

CHRISTENSEN, Paul C. -- Biography (7 p.) (Item 27)

CANFIELD, Mrs. Martha -- Interview With (3 p.) (Item 28)

BODILY, Robert -- Life Sketch (3 p.) (Item 29)

BUNKER, Stephen Albert, Sr. -- Pioneer Reminiscences (3 p.) (Item 30)

BUNKER, Mary Josephine Knight -- Pioneer Reminiscences (5 p.) (Item 31)

BEACHAM, Rosina -- Life Story (6 p.) (Item 32)

BIGLER, John -- Grave Robber Recalled (2 p.)(Item 33)

BEATTY, Mary Ann Duffin -- Life (4 p.) (Item 34)

BIRD, Ellen George -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 35)

BIRD, Mrs. Ellen George -- Tells of Parents (3 p.) (Item 36)

BAKER, Edna Jane Coon -- Life (2 p.) (Item 37 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

WOOD, Elizabeth Turner -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 38 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

THOMPSON, Elizabeth Hillyard -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 39 (Hendon DUP Manuscript) )

MUIR, Jane -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 40 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

BAKER, Amenzo W. -- Life (5 p.) (Item 41 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

BAKER, George Washington -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 42 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

SHUMWAY, Charles -- Life Sketch (4 p.) (Item 43 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

WOOD, Joseph Turner -- Life Sketch (3 p.) (Item 44 (Mendon DUP Manuscript) )

SORENSEN, Abraham -- Life History (5 p.) (Item 45 (Hendon DUP Manuscript) )

STUMPF, Jane Buist -- Life (7 p.) (Item 46 (Hendon DUP Manuscript) )

SHAFER, Mrs. Daisy Westwood -- Life Sketch (3 p.) (Item 47)

SHAFER, Frank Marion -- Life Sketch (4 p.) (Item 48)

SHEFFIELD, Eliza Fishburn -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 49)

SHELBY, John W. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 50)

SHOPPMMAN, Caroline -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 51)

SILVEY, John -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 52)

SMITH, Orson -- Sketch (10 P.) (Item 53)

STEELE, John -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 54)

SQUIRES, John Fell -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 55)

SMITH, Alice Ann -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 56)

BARKER, John Wesley -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 57)

BADGER, Nathan Bradley -- Personal Interview (10 p.) (Item 58)

BAKER; Lydia Hamp -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 59)

ALLEN, Laura E. Chaffin -- Life Sketch (2 p.) (Item 60)

ALLEN, Hyrum -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 61)

ALLEN, Rufus Chester -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 62)

CHRISTENSEN, C. L. -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 63)

COOK, Samuel Norton -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 64)

CLARKE, Fred -- Interview (4 p.) (Item 65)

COOLEY, William -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 66)

CACHE COUNTY, UTAH -- History (13 p.) (Item 67)

SPRINGVILLE, UTAH -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 68)

CROWFORTH, Jane Elizabeth -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 69)

CROOK, John William -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 70)

BLORRY, Lillian -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 71)

CHRISTENSEN, Paul C. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 72)

CHATTERLEY, Ellen Lunt -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 73)

CHAPMAN, Joseph -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 74)

CHAMBERS, Bob -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 75)

CASPER, James Moroni -- Personal History (2 p.) (Item 76)

CARTER, Sam -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 77)

CARRUTH, Emma Wilde -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 78)

CRAWFORD, W. L. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 79)

BROWNING, Jonathan -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 80)

BUCKLE, George -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 81)

BRYANT, Robert G. -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 82)

BULLOCK, Grant Y. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 83)

BURR, Charles Arthur -- Survey (4 p.) (Item 84)

CRAGUN, Mrs. Maggie -- Interview (2 p.) (Item 85)

BURGESS, William -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 86)

BURGESS, Isaac H. -- History (2 p.) (Item 87)

BURDICK, Moses Leon -- Personal History (4 p.) (Item 88)

BOND, Jesse -- History (1 p.) (Item 89)

BURCKHOLDER, Joseph -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 90)

BRADSHAW, Samuel and Mary Ann Elsey -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 91)

BORRESON, Mary E -- Personal History (3 p.) (Item 92)

BURBANK, Brigham -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 93)

BEARD, George -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 94)

BEAVER COUNTY, UTAH -- History (5 p.) (Item 95)

BURT, Elizabeth S. -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 96)

BURGESS, Melancthon Wheeler -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 97)

BUTTERS, Emma Baker -- Interview (1 p.) (Item 98)

RICH, Emma Hemming -- Pioneer Interview (5 p.) (Item 99)

BAUGHT, Alice Mary -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 100)

BAXTER, John -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 101)

BENSON, Ezra Taft (also E. T.) -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 102)

ADAMS, Mary Elinore Armstrong -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 103)

4: Box 10 (of 13 boxes)

6: Item 1, section 8

43: Item 2

125: Item 2a

146: Item 3

264: Item 4

295: Item 5

299: Item 6

396: Item 7

545: Item 8

585: Item 9

622: Box 11 (of 13 boxes)

623: Item 10

629: Item 11

634: Item 12

649: Item 13

654: Item 14

659: Item 15

695: Item 16

700: Item 17

750: Item 20

754: Item 21

775: Item 25

790: Item 26

800: Item 27

849: Item 36

852: Mendon DUP Manuscript

853: Item 37

855: Item 38

856: Item 39

876: Item 47

923: Item 59

1000: Item 86

1002: Item 87

1004: Item 88

1040: Item 102

1042: Item 103

9 485340 NIXON, Hannah Isabell Fawcett -- Biography (22 p.) (Item 1)

TWELVES, Orson -- Personal History (6 p.) (Item 2)

TWELVES, Saphronia Martin -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 3)

TWELVES, Charles -- History and Family (4 p.) (Item 4)

TURNER, Anna Bosch -- History (3 p.) (Item 5)

TEEPLES, Mrs. Nicholus Gourley  -- Interview (18 p.) (Item 6)

TEEPLES, Mrs. Nicholus Gourley  -- Pioneer Sketch (12 p.) (Item 7)

WALKER, Elizabeth Staheli -- Interview (17 p.) (Item 8)

WINTLE, Joseph Barney -- Sketches (4 p.) (Item 9)

WILSON, Morris and Sarah Elizabeth Isom -- Biography (5 p.) (Item 10)

WOODBURY, Ann Cannon -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 11)

WORKMAN, Andrew Jackson -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 12)

SLACK, Mrs. -- Interview (4 p.) (Item 13)

SLACK, Adalaid Jackson -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 14)

SLACK, Caroline Lamb -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 15)

SLACK, Amelia Theobald -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 16)

THEOBALD, William -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 17)

ANDRUS, Manomas Lavina Gibson -- Interview by Mrs. Glen Webb (3 p.) (Item 18)

WEBB, Mrs. Glen -- Interview with Manomas Lavina Gibson Andrus (3 p.) (Item 18)

WALLACE, Hamilton -- Historical Sketch (3 p.) (Item 19)

WEBER COUNTY, UTAH -- Latter-day Saints in (10 p.) (Item 20)

SMITH, Ruth -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 21)

STAPLEY, Elizabeth Steele -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 22)

SANPETE COUNTY, UTAH -- Sketch (5 p.) (no first page) (Item 23)

SIENGNEROUGH -- Sketch of Sanpete County (no first page) (5 p.) (Item 23)

WRIGHT, John F. -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 24)

WRIGHT, Lovenia Normington -- Life (2 p.) (Item 25)

WALKER, Mark R. -- Personal History (3 p.) (Item 26)

WALKER, Mrs. Nancy -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 27)

WALL, Francis George -- Personal History (2 p.) (Item 28)

QUESTIONNAIRE -- For Handcart Pioneers (1 p.) (Item 29)

WARDEN, Clark -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 30)

WARNICK, Christina Oleson -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 31)

WASATCH COUNTY, UTAH -- History (5 p.) (Item 32)

YOUNG, Alphus J. -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 33)

YOUNG, Thomas Cunningham, Jr. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 34)

WOOD, Elizabeth Ann Bryner -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 35)

WOOD, George -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 36)

WOODRUFF, Leonard A. -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 37)

WASATCH COUNTY, UTAH -- Additional History (2 p.) (Item 38)

WOOLLEY, Edwin G. -- Extracts from Biography (7 p.) (Item 39)

WILSON, Morris and Sarah Elizabeth Isom -- Biography (5 p.) (Item 40)

WYATT, John M. and Sara Caroline -- History (2 p.) (Item 41)

WEBSTER, Ada Wood -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 42)

WHITAKER, Susan Stokes -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 43)

WHITE, Sarah P. -- Personal History (3 p.) (Item 44)

WILCOX, John C. -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 45)

WILLIAMS, John D. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 46)

WILLMORE, George, Sr. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 47)

WILSON, Mary Ann Perkins -- Sketch (11 p.) (Item 48)

WILSON, Ervin S. -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 49)

TAYLOR, Mrs. Lydia Ann Colvin -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 50)

TAYLOR,. Andrew A. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 51)

WASATCH COUNTY, UTAH -- Additional History (1 p.) (Item 52)

TRIMBLE, Melissa Ann Davis -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 53)

THEOBALD, George -- Sketch (14 p.) (Item 54)

W.P.A. QUESTIONNAIRE -- W.P.A. QUESTIONNAIRE (3 p.) (Item 55)

THATCHER, Moses -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 56)

TROUT, Thomas -- Survey (8 p.) (Item 57)

TAYLOR,. Andrew A. -- see also (Item 58)

TAYLOR, Arthur A. -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 59)

MCALLISTER, William James Frazier -- Sketch (27 p.) (Item 60)

ESPLIN -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 61)

DALTON, Brigham -- Historical Sketch (4 p.) (Item 62)

DALTON, Alice Ann Langston -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 63)

SCHMUTZ, Mrs. John -- Memories and Incidents (12 p.)(Item 64)

FREI, Edward R. -- Life of Parents (4 .p.) (Item 65)

FREEMAN, Elijah Norman -- Genealogy (7 p.) (Item 66)

EMMETT COMPANY -- Expeditions (16 p.) (Item 67)

EARL, Sylvester -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 68)

HINTON, John Hock and Emma Spendlove -- Memories (16 p.) (Item 69)

HEPWORTH, Edith Lewis -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 70)

HUMPHREYS, Elizabeth Nelson -- Sketch (7 p.)(Item 70)

HUMPHRIES, James -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 71)

HALL, Mrs. Julia Hanson -- Sketch (13 p.) (Item 72)

HIGBEE, Richard -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 73)

HIGBEE, Mr. and Mrs. -- Interview (8 p.) (Item 74)

WESTERN, Mary Alice Hutchington -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 75)

HUNTSMAN, Hannah Hanson -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 76)

HALVERSON, Hugh -- Personal History (1 p.) (Item 77)

HULL, William G. -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 79)

HOLYOAK, Henry John -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 80)

MORTENSEN, Ernell James -- Individual Family Record (1 p.)(Item 81)

HULL, Mary Ann -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 82)

DEWEY, John C. -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 83)

DEAKIN, Annie -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 84)

DAY, Mary H. Wilcox -- Personal History (5 p.) (Item 85)

DAVIS, Rosalie Wall -- Personal History (2 p.) (Item 86)

DAVIES, Mrs. Rachel E. -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 87)

DANIELSON, Christina Johnson -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 88)

ADAMS, Mary Elinore Armstrong -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 89)

ANDERSON, James P. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 90)

SORENSEN, Isaac -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 91)

PERSSON, Mary C. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 92)

YOUNG, Alphus J. -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 93)

SALINA, UTAH -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 94)

SALT LAKE COUNTY, UTAH -- History (8 p.) (Item 95)

SANPETE COUNTY, UTAH -- History (1 p.) (Item 96)

HALVERSON, Hugh -- Surveys (3 p.) (Item 97)

HAMMOND, Mary Jane Dillworth -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 98)

HAMMOND, Francis A. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 99)

HARRIS, Joe -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 100)

HANDCOCK, Margaret A. Phillips -- Survey (4 p.) (Item 101)

HAMSON, George F. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 102)

DAGGETT COUNTY, UTAH -- History (7 p.) (Item 103)

OGDEN, UTAH -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 104)

HOVEY, James A. -- Biographical Sketch (1 p.) (Item 105)

HOVEY, James Alma -- Personal History (17 p.) (Item 106)

HINTON, William -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 107)

4: Box 12 (of 13 boxes)

5: Item 1

106: Item 12

177: Item 29

178: Item 30

188: Item 31

202: Item 34

276: Item 53

277: Item 54

291: Item 55

294: Item 56

296: Item 57

304: Item 58

307: Item 59

310: Box 13 (of 13 boxes)

311: Item 60

536: Item 96

537: Item 97

540: Item 98

584: Item 107

10 485341 HANCOCK AND ADAMS FAMILIES -- Sketch (53 p.) (Item 1)

JONES, Emily Miller -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 2)

HUNT, Isaac -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 3)

MACFARLANE, John Menzies -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 4)

PETERSON, Matilda -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 5)

HIGBEE, Lorine Isabel Lamb -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 6)

JARVIS, George Fredrick -- Sketch (13 p.) (Item 7)

TAYLOR, Flora Bingham -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 8)

MCMULLIN, David -- Interview (6 p.) (Item 9)

BUDGE, William -- Life (7 p.) (Item 10)

NAEGLE, John Conrad -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 11)

MCINTIRE, Margaret Jane Burgess -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 12)

MCALLISTER, T. D. [John Daniel Thompson] -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 13)

LEANY, Hyrum -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 14)

JONES, Thomas J. -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 15)

JENSEN, Michael -- Interview (3 p.) (Item 16)

PITKIN FAMILY -- see also (Item 17)

PITKIN, George Orrin -- Sketch (16 p.) (Item 17)

ANDRUS, Manomas Lavina Gibson -- Interview (12 p.) (Item 18)

LEWIS, James -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 19)

MARLER, Harriet Heath -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 20)

NIEDERER, Amelia -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 21)

DOLBELL, Eliza Adelaide -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 22)

BLEAK, Elizabeth Moore -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 23)

LEE, Samuel Francis and Ann White -- Sketches (15 p.) (Item 24)

FARRER, Thomas -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 25)

HALL, Martha Ann Gillson -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 26)

HULL, Mary Ann Chadwick -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 27)

HASLAM, James Holt -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 28)

LEWIS, Phillip Bessom -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 29)

RASBAND, Thomas -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 30)

OLSEN, Livy -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 31)

PITKIN FAMILY -- Records (17 p.) (Item 32)

PITKIN, George Orrin -- see also (Item 32)

REGER, John and Samuel -- Short story (3 p.)

WOOLF, Isaac -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 34)

SMITH, Eliza Robison -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 35)

SMITH, Alice Baugh -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 36)

HULL, William G. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 37)

SMITH, Eliza Robison -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 38)

ROBISON, Daniel and Rachel Smith -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 39)

RICH, Lydia Pond -- Incidents in the Life of (3 p.) (Item 40)

SMITH, Eliza Mathews -- Stories (2 p.) (Item 41)

STEVENS, Mary Ann Peterson -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 42)

ROBERTS, Emily James -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 43)

RIDING, Christopher Lester -- Life (6 p.) (Item 44)

CHAFFIN, Lewis Rice -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 46)

CHAFFIN, Sarah M. -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 47)

CARTER, Sophronia -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 48)

FRY FAMILY -- History (12 p.) (Item 49)

RUSSEL, Mrs. Lottie Ballard -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 50)

RICH, Charles Coulson -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 51)

BANKHEAD, Rachel Baugh Haslam -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 52)

FULLERTON, Alexander -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 53)

EVERETT, Addison -- Biography (1 p.) (Item 54)

DUNKLEY, Martha Hull -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 55)

EVERETT, Schuyler and Rachel -- Biography (6 p.) (Item 56)

SPENDLOVE, William -- Biography (1 p.) (Item 57)

OLIVER, Mary Jane -- Biography (1 p.) (Item 58)

MITTON, J. B. -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 59)

LINDSAY, William -- Pioneer History (3 p.) (Item 60)

WESTERN, Samuel Winsbrough -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 61)

BAILY, Charles R. -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 62)

BAKER, Charlotte Leavitt -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 63)

LEE, John D. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 64)

FORSYTHE, Ben -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 65)

CARLILE, James -- History (1 p.) (Item 66)

CARLILE, George -- History (1 p.) (Item 67)

CROOK, John -- History (1 p.) (Item 68)

HULL, Thomas, III -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 69)

LEE, John D. -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 70)

HULL, R. M. -- Sketch (5 p., first page missing)(Item 71)

PHILLIPS, Amy Carlina Davis -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 72)

NIELSON, Andrew -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 73)

RICHARDS, Mary Ann Parker -- Tribute (4 p.) (Item 74)

KELSEY, Easton -- Synopsis (3 p.) (Item 75)

KNIGHT, Samuel -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 76)

KNIGHT, Caroline Beck -- Life (2 p.) (Item 77)

RICKS, Joel -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 78)

LAMB, Elizabeth Williams Hardy -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 79)

LAMB, Edwin R. -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 80)

MCINTIRE, Anna Patterson -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 81)

MCFARLANE, Isaac Chauncey -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 82)

LOFTHOUSE, Mrs. Charlotte E. -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 83)

LEISHMAN, James Allan -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 84)

LAW, Albert A. -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 85)

LEISHMAN, John, Sr. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 86)

HALE, Mary Ann -- Biography (1 p.) (Item 87)

HAIGHT, Isaac C. -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 88)

HEPWORTH, Thornton -- Life History (1 p.) (Item 89)

HINTON, John and Emma Spendlove -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 90)

SANDERS, Ellis Mendenhall -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 91)

SLACK, Walter -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 92)

LINDSAY, William -- History (3 p.) (Item 93)

LEE, Harriet Elizabeth Stratton -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 94)

MCINTIRE, William P. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 95)

STONEY, Robert -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 96)

JARVIS, Brigham -- Life (5 p.) (Item 97)

HULL, Thomas Benson -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 98)

HUGHES, Ann Howell -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 99)

WALKER, Mary Hopkins -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 100)

BARRETT, Elizabeth Matilda Wennergren -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 101)

FARNSWORTH, Elizabeth Guy -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 102)

HOXEY, John -- Interview (2 p.) (Item 103)

HANSEN, Willard Snow -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 104)

MORGAN, Thomas -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 105)

PRICE, Henrietta Sinfield -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 106)

SORENSEN, Mary Jacobsen -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 107)

KIMBALL, Lucy Amelia Pack -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 108)

BIGLER, Loretta H. Smith -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 109)

SORENSEN, Malena Olson -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 110)

BAKER, Jane Marie Curtis -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 111)

WILLIE, Elizabeth Ann Pettit -- mixed in with (Item 111)

WILLIE, Elizabeth Ann Pettit -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 112)

MAUGHAN, Elizabeth Hill -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 113)

MUIR, Mary Ross -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 114)

RICHARDS, Hyrum Thomas Hill  -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 115)

RICHARDS, Agnes Hill -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 116)

BAKER, Albert Morey -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 117)

4: Box 1 (of 5 boxes)

114: Item 9

121: Item 10

128: Item 11

138: Item 12

146: Item 13

167: Item 16

170: Item 17

188: Item 18

220: Item 22

248: Item 27

259: Item 32

276: Item 33

279: Item 34

282: Item 35

284: Item 36

287: Item 37

288: Item 38

11 485342 EARL, Joseph I. -- Diary (v. 3-5) (Item 1)

FAWCETT, George W. -- Memories (15 p.) (Item 2)

FARMER, James -- Diary (2 v., 175 p.) (Item 3)

FARRELL, George Lionel -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 4)

GIBSON, William -- Diary (64 p.) (Item 5)

GRIFFIN, Charles Emerson -- Life History (59 p.) (Item 6)

GUBLER, Harmon -- Interview (7 p.) (Item 7)

GUBLER, Joseph -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 8)

GUBLER, Henry -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 9)

GUBLER, Casper -- Sketch (9 p.) (Item 10)

GRIMM, Mrs. Louisa Powell -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 11)

GRIMM, Henry -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 12)

GREEN, Susie Platt -- Sketch (10 p.) (Item 13)

GOULTER, John Thomas -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 14)

FISH, Martin R. -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 15)

FARRELL, George Lionel -- Sketch (7 p.) (Item 16)

FRODSHAM, Naphena Madsen -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 17)

FRY, Richard R. -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 18)

GEARY, Hurum -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 19)

4: Box 2 (of 5 boxes)
12 485343 HAMMOND, William Wallace -- Sketch (19 p.) (Item 1)

ISOM, George and Alice Parker -- Memories (37 p.) (Item 2)

JONES, Isaac Morley -- Sketch (9 p.) (Item 3)

KEATE, Susannah Rogers Sangiovanni -- Pickett Memories (9 p.) (Item 4)

KNOX, William -- Diary (31 p.) (Item 5)

KNOX, William -- Journal (47 p.) (Item 5a )

JARVIS, Ann Prior -- Autobiography (24 p.) (Item 6)

JARVIS, Eleanor C. W. -- Diary (34 p.) (Item 7)

JEPSON, James, Jr. -- Memories and Experiences (40 p.)(Item 8)

JOHNSON, John -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 9)

JUDD, Zodak Knapp -- Autobiography (48 p.) (Item 10)

JUDD, Mary Dart -- Sketch (37 p.) (Item 11)

JOHNSON, Joel Hills -- Diary (99 p.) (Item 12)

JONES, William Ellis -- Journal (102 p.) (Item 13)

JONES, Mrs. J. C. -- Autobiography (4 p.) (Item 14)

JENSEN, Hans Christian -- Personal History (4 p.) (Item 15)

JENNINGS, James H. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 16)

JOHNSON, Alfred Sidney -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 17)

JOHNSON, Peter B. -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 18)

KANOSH, Indian Chief -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 19)

JOHNSON, Andrew -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 20)

PETT, Henry H., Sr. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 20)

JANNIE, Indian -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 21)

KING, Lulu May -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 22)

JENSEN, Denmark -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 23)

JOHNSON, Julia Hills Eager -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 24)

CRAGUN, Mrs. Maggie -- Dedication of St. George Temple (2 p.) (Item 25)

CANFIELD, Mrs. Martha -- Dedication of St. George Temple (4 p.) (Item 26)

KNIGHT, Celestial Roberts -- Sketch (8 p.) (Item 27)

4: Box 3 (of 5 boxes)

5: Item 1

26: Item 2

653: Item 24

657: Item 25

660 Item 26

664: Item 27

13 485344 PEARCE, Jean Rio -- Diary (55 p.) (Item 1)

PULSIPHER, John -- Diary (2 v., 223 p.) (Item 2)

RICH LETTERS -- RICH LETTERS (96 p.) (Item 3)

ORTON, Joseph -- Autobiography (2 v., 129 p.) (Item 4)

SNOW, Edward H. -- Autobiography (77 p.) (Item 5)

PACE, John E. -- Sketch (2 c., 4 p.) (Item 6)

OLSEN, Livy -- Life Story (14 p.) (Item 7)

PACKER, Joseph A. -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 8)

PARTRIDGE, Lydia Clisbee -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 9)

PETERSON, Mons -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 10)

RIDDLE, Isaac Jimeson -- Biography (7 p.) (Item 11)

REBER, Frederick -- Interview (2 p.) (Item 12)

ROGERS, Isabel King -- Sketch (11 p.) (Item 13)

ROBISON, Willis Eugene -- Sketch (15 p.) (Item 14)

ROBINS, Elizabeth Swenson -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 15)

RIVINGTON, Tom -- Letters (5 p.) (Item 16)

RIVINGTON, Tom -- Weber Stage Station in 1862 (6 p.) (Item 17)

REDD, James Munroe -- Sketch (9 p.) (Item 18)

REDD, Amasa Jay -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 19)

PIGOTT, William -- Survey (1 p.) (Item 21)

REEVE, Robert Warne -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 22)

RASBAND, Maria Ann Carlile -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 23)

RATH, A. F. -- Personal History and Utah Settlement (10 p.) (Item 24)

RATH, A. F. -- Personal History (4 p.) (Item 25)

PREWER, Mrs. Helen Grimes -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 26)

POTTER, Isaac -- Sketch (4 p.) (Item 27)

PETERSON, Mrs. Hector L. [Lenna Larsen] -- Story By (2 p.) (Item 28)

PICKETT, Susanna Rogers -- Life Sketch (12 p.) (Item 29)

PETERSON, Ann B. Dennis -- Patriarchal Blessing (2 p.) (Item 30)

JAMES, David Jenkins -- Sketch (1 p.) (Item 31)

PORTER, Alice Lovina Griffin -- Sketch (3 p.) (Item 32)

PARKER, Marie Jackson Normington -- Sketch (6 p.) (Item 33)

PETERSON, Charles Shreeve -- Sketch (9 p.) (Item 34)

SAN JUAN COUNTY, UTAH -- Records (3 p.) (Item 35)

MAUGHAN, Peter -- Sketch (5 p.) (Item 36)

MAUGHAN, William H. -- Sketch (2 p.) (Item 37)

JAMES, William Bowen and Sarah Jenkins -- Survey (2 p.) (Item 38)

SANTA CLARA, UTAH -- Colonization (3 p.) (Item 33)

4: Box 4 (of 5 boxes)

5: Item 1

62: Item 2, vol. 1

160: Item 2, vol. 2

307: Item 3

325: Item 4

462: Item 5

578: Item: 12

652: Item 26

654: Item 27

659: Item 28

662: Box 5 (of 5 boxes)

663: Item 29

675: Item 30

676: Item 31

677: Item 32

Interview Transcripts (Surveys)[edit | edit source]

Some items are interview transcripts (surveys). Transcripts contain numbered responses, but not the questions. At different times, different questionnaires were used. Two questionnaires are included in the diary collection and are reproduced below. Other interviews used similar questions.

W.P.A. Questionnaire[edit | edit source]

  1. Pioneer's name
  2. Address
  3. Present occupation
  4. Previous occupation
  5. Date of birth
  6. Place
  7. Present age
  8. If from a foreign land, give country and name of ship.
  9. Date left for Utah
  10. Place arrived
  11. Date of arrival
  12. Leader of company or train
  13. Method of travel (handcart, ox team, mule team, horseback, etc.)
  14. What was the method of making bricks in the early days and how were they cemented together?
  15. What was your first home constructed of?
  16. What form of lighting do you recall as being used in your first home in Utah?
  17. What type of fuel was used in your first home?
  18. What kind of food did you have in pioneer times?
  19. What type of clothes did you wear and how were they manufactured and from what?
  20. What comparisons can you give between cost of food and clothing in early days and the present time? (Such as one bushel of wheat, one sack of flour and one pound of sugar)
  21. Do you recall seeing any buffalo or hunting any wild game?
  22. Were fish and game plentiful upon your arrival in Utah?
  23. Was there any wild plant life at that time such as wild hay growing in the meadows or on the plains?
  24. What was the first type of cultivated plant life introduced in your vicinity?
  25. What were the first farm implements used on your farm?
  26. Did you bring them with you or purchase them here?
  27. From whom did you purchase them and at what cost?
  28. What was the first industry or industries created in your town?
  29. Did you have any early day mining experiences, if so where and at what time?
  30. Do you know of any early day hotels, boarding houses, or stage coach stations?
  31. First school attended in Utah.
  32. Location of school
  33. Name of first teacher
  34. First tuition paid
  35. School books used (title and author).
  36. Can you give the names of several books in your immediate family or in the homes of early day pioneers?
  37. What newspapers do you recall in your home or locality?
  38. Were they published locally?
  39. Do you recall the first telegraph station in your locality?
  40. Did you ride on the early day horse cars?
  41. Do you remember the first automobile you ever saw? (When and where)
  42. When did you first see a train?
  43. Do you recall your first ride on a train?
  44. Do you recall any early day theatrical entertainments?
  45. Were these local people or traveling stock companies?
  46. Do you remember any celebration in or[---illegible---]tion of any individual [---illegible---]?
  47. Were you acquainted with any outstanding women such as "Calamity Jane"?
  48. Do you recall any of the early day "Boothill" Cemeteries?
  49. Can you remember any early day characters buried there?
  50. Do you recall any tombstone inscriptions?
  51. Do you recall any of the early day disputes over water rights; if so give details?
  52. Have you had any association with any "Squatters" or "Nesters" (homesteaders) or their troubles with cattle barons?
  53. Do you recall any bank robberies, stage holdups, executions of horse thiefs [sic], cattle rustlers, etc., if so give details?
  54. What do you recall in connection with the voting to put the state of Deseret into the Union?
  55. Do you recall any political strife or violence in connection with early government?
  56. Have you had any interesting or outstanding religious experiences such as participation in the establishment of a local mission, stakes of Zion, United Order, etc.?
  57. Were you affiliated with any military organization or mobilization?
  58. What was your first contact with the Indians?
  59. What customs did you notice among the Indians?
  60. What was their method of shelter (tepees, etc.)?
  61. Did they ever harvest any crops (such as corn)?
  62. What places were their crops grown?
  63. Did the Indians have any method of irrigation?
  64. Did you ever learn any of their languages or dialects? (If so what language?)
  65. Do you recall the locality of a mound or prehistoric site?
  66. Give your experience in horse-trading with the Indians.
  67. What are your impressions of early Utah Days?
  68. Total number of your descendants.
  69. Names and addresses of any sons or daughters.
  70. Names of a few grandchildren.
  71. Have you written any books, diaries, journals, sketches or newspaper articles; if so give details?
  72. Whom did you marry? When? Where?
  73. Relate some of the interesting incidents of early days....[3]

Questionnaire For Handcart Pioneers[edit | edit source]

  1. Full name and where born? Date of birth?
  2. When did you leave for America?
  3. Who had charge of the emigrating party?
  4. How many in your family party?
  5. How much money did the family have?
  6. On what ship did you travel?
  7. Describe experiences between landing and arrival at end of railroad.
  8. Where did you start from with handcarts?
  9. What time of the year?
  10. Why was the handcart company delayed? Why did they have to make such a late start?
  11. Did they expect to get through before snow fell?
  12. How many in your company?
  13. Who was the captain?
  14. What church officials were with the company
  15. What other companies did you travel with or near on the trail?
  16. Describe in detail daily experiences on the journey, as for instance, one complete day's travel, on any section of the route, from starting in the morning until camping at night.
  17. Give any humorous incidents you can remember.
  18. When did you first discover that troubles were ahead?
  19. What was the cause of the handcart disaster?
  20. Who was to blame?
  21. Was there a shortage of food?
  22. Describe in detail some of the troubles in the snow, near Devil's Gate, Rock Creek, Martin's Hollow, etc.
  23. What excuses did the leaders give for the disaster?
  24. What attempts were made to rescue the party?
  25. How may died in your company?
  26. Did they freeze or starved?
  27. What was done for them when they arrived in Salt Lake Valley?
  28. Where did you settle?
  29. Give any other information you remember, anything which impressed itself upon your journey at the time.
  30. When did you [illegible]. When? Where?[4]

Record Location[edit | edit source]

The 13 rolls of microfilm in this collection were copied from films at the University of California at Berkeley, which obtained them from the Library of Congress in 1950.[1] The films at Berkeley are titled "Mormon Biographies" and are numbered BANC MSS P-F 319 Reel 1 through 13.[5]

The records at the Library of Congress are part of the "United States Work Projects Administration records, 1524-1975" collection, "Historical Records Survey: Archival and Manuscript Records, 1681-1937" group, "State File, 1681-1937" series, boxes B208 to B219. They have been reorganized since filming.[6]

The transcripts were typed with four carbon copies. The original copies were sent to the Library of Congress. The first carbon copy was sent to the Utah State Historical Society. An almost complete copy was given to the Bancroft Library at the University of California at Berkeley. Parts of the remaining copies were shared variously with Brigham Young University, the University of Utah, and Utah State University.[7]

Some of the original diaries were discarded by families in favor of the typewritten transcripts. Others might be found in public or private collections of libraries, universities, or historical societies.

The story of the creation of the transcripts is recounted by Mrs. Juanta Brooks, the first project leader, in "Jest a Copyin' - Word f'r Word," Utah Historical Quarterly, vol. 37 (Fall 1969), 379-384.

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 "Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries," catalog entry, FamilySearch [Catalog], http://www.familysearch.org.
  2. "Microfilm...Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries," web page, Utah State University, University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives, https://archives.usu.edu/manuscripts/microfilm.php (accessed 22 April 2020).
  3. Utah Works Progress Administration, Utah Historic Records Survey; Pioneer Personal History Questionnaire, 3 pp.; Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries, reel 9 (FHL microfilm 485,340), item 55; FamilySearch, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BZ-Z7RY-V, (accessed 23 April 2020), DGS 7,716,498, image 291 of 589.
  4. Utah Works Progress Administration, Utah Historic Records Survey; Questions for Handcart Pioneers, 1 p.; Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries, reel 9 (FHL microfilm 485,340), item 29; FamilySearch, https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-C9BZ-Z7T8-1, (accessed 23 April 2020), DGS 7,716,498, image 177 of 589.
  5. "Collection Guide" [catalog], Online Archive of California, https://oac.cdlib.org/search?style=oac4;titlesAZ=m;idT=UCb11241204x (accessed 24 April 2020), search "Mormon biographies."
  6. Catalog finding aids, Library of Congress, https://findingaids.loc.gov/db/search/xq/searchMferDsc04.xq?_id=loc.mss.eadmss.ms009053&_start=10432&_lines=125 (accessed 24 April 2020); United States Work Projects Administration records, 1524-1975; Historical Records Survey: Archival and Manuscript Records, 1681-1937; State File, 1681-1937.
  7. Utah State University, Merrill Library Special Collections & Archives, Name Index to the Library of Congress Collection of Mormon Diaries (Logan, Utah: Utah State University Press, 1971), i.