James Farmer autobiography and diaries

James Farmer autobiography and diaries

Dates: 1851-1882

2 holograph volumes in 3 parts with accompanying carbon and ribbon copy typescripts; typescript and draft of typescript of 1881-1882 diary. Describes his early life in England, missionary work for the Mormon Church in England, his immigration to Utah and accounts of ship passage, overland travel to Salt Lake City, Utah and settlement and life in Sanpete County, Utah. The 1881-82 diary deals with a mission to England. Also includes patriarchal blessings.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Farmer, James, 1825-1908
  • Call Number: MSS 1433
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Originals are restricted.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Autobiography and diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Typescript parts 1, 2 and part of 3 were made by Jessie E. Empey as part of the Utah Historical Records Survey, Federal Writers' Project of the Works Progress Administration in 1936 in St. George, Utah.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 1433; Autobiography and diaries; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1433, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lora Farmer Hansen; 1974.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--England--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--England; Empey, Jessie E.; Farmer, Ann Webster, 1825-1850; Farmer, Blain; Farmer, James, 1825-1908--Diaries; Farmer, Mary Ballany; Farmer, Mary Bateman; Farmer, Sarah Broadbridge, 1835-1930; Federal Writers' Project; United States. Works Progress Administration; Utah Historical Records Survey; Ephraim (Utah)--History; Immigration and American Expansion; Manti (Utah)--History; Monroe (Utah)--History; Mormon pioneers; Overland Journeys to the Western United States; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Sanpete County (Utah)--History
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Farmer (James) autobiography and diaries
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Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-14T10:07-0700
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Biographical History

Mormon businessman, surveyor, farmer, missionary and colonizer.

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