John Crook papers

John Crook papers

Dates: 1851-1902

Handwritten diaries, newspaper clippings, genealogies, correspondence, and patriarchal blessings. The journals contain extensive and detailed autobiographical accounts of Crook's experiences as a young convert to the Mormon Church in England, his emigration to the United States in 1851 on board a sailing ship (the Ellen) which was involved in a sea-going collision, his journey across the plains to Utah, his settling in Heber Valley of Utah, his experiences in the Utah War of 1857-1858, and his many Mormon Church related activities.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Crook, John, 1831-1921
  • Call Number: MSS 158
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the John Crook collection 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 158; John Crook paeprs; 19th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special ollections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 158, LTPSC.
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Subject Terms
Crook, John, 1831-1921--Diaries; Heber City (Utah)--History; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon pioneers--Utah--History; Mormons--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century; Mormons--Utah--Heber City--History; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History; Pioneers; Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Newspapers
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
Crook (John) papers
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Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:35-0600
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Biographical History

John Crook was a Mormon pioneer who settled in Heber City, Utah.

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