James G. Bleak diaries and letters

James G. Bleak diaries and letters

Dates: 1829-1918

Photocopies of handwritten diaries and correspondence. Bleak's diaries cover the years 1864, 1869-1895 with a gap for parts of 1885 and for 1886. Bleak writes about his daily activities in St. George and in Santa Clara, Utah, about his activities while serving on the Southern Indian Mission, about his callings for the Mormon Church, and about his relationships with various leaders of the Mormon Church including Brigham Young (1801-1877), Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886), Erastus Snow (1818-1886), and George Albert Smith (1817-1875). The materials include information on affairs with Indians and also on matters relating to the United Order, an experiment in communal living conducted my the Mormons in the nineteenth century. The letters are largely from prominent Mormon Church leaders.

  • Extent: 4 boxes (20 linear inches)
  • Creator: Bleak, James G. (James Godson), 1829-1918
  • Call Number: MSS 1691
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Initial citation: MSS 1691; James G. Bleak diaries and letters; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1691, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Bleak, James G. (James Godson), 1829-1918; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--History--Sources; Hamblin, Jacob, 1819-1886; Smith, George Albert, 1817-1875; Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888; Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Hopi Indians--History; Indians of North America--Arizona--History--Sources; Mormon missionaries--Arizona--History--Sources; Mormons--Utah--Saint George--History--Sources; Mormons--Utah--Santa Clara--History--Sources; Navajo Indians--History; United orders (Mormon Church)--History--Sources
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Diaries; Letters
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19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.
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Bleak (James G.) diaries and letters
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Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:39-0600
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Biographical history

Mormon Church leader, missionary, and pioneer who lived and worked in southern Utah.

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