William Derby Johnson diary
William Derby Johnson diary
This collection consists of photocopied diaries. The initial thirty-two pages are autobiographical and tell of the first twenty-one years of the author's life. The journal entries are from 2 Dec. 1871 to 24 Jan. 1894. The years 1873 to 1876 are summarized. Johnson attended Deseret University and later taught there. He married Lucy A. Salisbury on 29 Nov. 1869. He taught school in Washington and Kanab, Utah. Johnson served as a territorial legislator 1878-1882 from Kane and Washington counties and also went with the Utah delegation to Washington, D.C. in 1882 to apply for statehood. Johnson went to Mexico in 1885 to escape arrest for bigamy and helped lay out the town of Diaz, Chihuahua, Mexico 1886. He was set apart as Superintendent of Church schools in the Mexican Mission in 1892.
- Extent: 11 boxes (5.5 linear feet): photocopies.
- Creator: Johnson, William Derby, 1850-1910
- Call Number: MSS 1506
- 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: Open for public research.
- 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 Diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
- Preferred Citation
- Initial citation: MSS 1506; Diary; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1506, LTPSC.
- Acquisition Information
- Donated; Leona Simper; 1975.
- Other Finding Aids
- Original diaries are owned by Beth Simper of Holbrook, Arizona.
- Subject Terms
- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Education--Mexico--Sources; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Utah--Kanab--History--Sources; Johnson, William Derby, 1850-1910--Diaries; University of Deseret--History--Sources; Educators--Utah--Kanab--Diaries; Kanab (Utah)--History--Sources; Legislators--Utah--Diaries; Material Types; Mormons--Colonization--Mexico--Diaz (Chihuahua)--History--Sources; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Washington County (Utah)--History--Sources
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- 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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- Finding Aid Title
- Johnson (William Derby) diary
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- Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
- Finding Aid Creator
- This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-27T10:47-0700
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- Biographical Info:
Johnson was an educator, legislator, and held a number of positions in the Mormon Church. He served as bishop of the Kanab Ward, Utah (1877-1884), as a member of the Kanab Stake presidency (1884-1885), and as bishop of the Diaz Ward, Juarez Stake, Mexico (1886-1910).
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