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Benjamin Franklin Cummings diaries and an autobiography

Benjamin Franklin Cummings diaries and an autobiography

Dates: 1854-1879

Handwritten diaries including an autobiography. Cummings' autobiography covers his early life when he lived in Ohio and Navuoo, Illinois, served on a mission to Maine, and left Illinois for Utah. Cummings' diaries tell about his mission to the Indians in Idaho in the "Salmon River Mission," his service during the "Utah Expedition" of 1857-1858, his various encounters with Indians, his mission to Iowa in 1878 and 1879, and his life in Ogden and Salt Lake City, Utah. Also included is a typescript of one of the diaries.

  • Extent: 6 items: + 1 typescript
  • Creator: Cummings, Benjamin Franklin, 1821-1899
  • Call Number: MSS 164
  • 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 Diaries and an autobiography 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 164; Diaries and an autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 164, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Cummings, Benjamin Franklin, 1821-1899; Utah Expedition (1857-1858)--Sources; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Fort Lemhi (Idaho); Indians of North America--Idaho--History--Sources; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Idaho--History--Sources; Mormon missionaries--Iowa--History--Sources; Mormon missionaries--Maine--History--Sources; Mormon pioneers--History--Sources; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--Sources; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--Sources; Ogden (Utah)--History--Sources; Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries
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
Cummings (Benjamin Franklin) diaries and an autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-01-13T12:33-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Mormon pioneer and missionary.

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