Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary

Esaias Edwards autobiography and diary

Dates: 1856-1882

Handwritten autobiography and diary. The account is retrospective until 1856. Edwards writes extensively about his conversion to the Mormon Church in 1839, life at Nauvoo, Illinois, and the death of two of his wives. There is a lengthy discussion in the opening pages of the diary about astronomy and a family cooperative city, "Edwardsville," which he hoped to build. Edwards made the overland journey from Iowa to Salt Lake City in 1848 by ox team and writes briefly about the scarcity of feed and company organization. The rest of the diary discusses life in Utah, Edwards' business pursuits and legal problems, and family relations.

  • Extent: 1 v. (ca. 150 p.)(0.25 linear ft.): (+ 1 vol. of photoscripts)(+ 1 typescript)
  • Creator: Edwards, Esaias, 1812-1897
  • Call Number: MSS 184
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted. Photocopies and typescript for patron use.
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 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 184; Autobiography and diary; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 184, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Edwards, Esaias, 1812-1897--Diaries; Cache Valley (Utah and Idaho); Home and Family; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon pioneers--Diaries; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History--19th century; Mormons--Utah--History--19th century; Nauvoo (Ill.); Pioneers; Saint George (Utah); Salt Lake City (Utah); Social Life and Customs; Tooele (Utah)
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
Edwards (Esaias) autobiography and diary
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-07T13:29-0700
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Biographical note

Mormon pioneer, sawmill operator, and farmer who settled in Utah in 1848.

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