Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries

Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries

Dates: 1884-1914

Account of his activities in Cowley, Wyoming, and in nearby communities. Entries focus on canal construction, his store, and other business enterprises, plus agricultural, church, and political activities. Pre-1902 entries are mostly notes taken at LDS general conferences and other meetings, with a few diary entries interspersed. Diaries begin in earnest on January 1, 1902. Dated 1884-1914.

  • Extent: 4 folders (0.4 linear ft.). -- 1 computer disk. -- 1 microfilm reel
  • Creator: Crosby, Jesse Wentworth, 1848-1915
  • Call Number: MSS 2180
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted. Microfilm copy available for patron use.
Languages and Scripts
Manuscript volumes, also on microfilm, span the following dates: (1) 1884 Apr.-1903 Sept. (2) 1904 Nov.-1906 Feb. (3) 1906 Feb.-1907 Feb. (4) 1908 Aug.-1909 Nov. Three additional volumes, only available on microfilm, span the following dates: (5) 1909 Nov.-1911 Apr. (6) 1911 May-1912 Dec. (7) 1913 Jan.-1914 Dec.
Alternative Format
Digital version of first four volumes available on M-disc. Microfilm of all seven volumes also available.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries 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 2180; Jesse Wentworth Crosby diaries; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2180, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Brigham Young University has held a microfilm copy of the journals since about the 1960s. The film was originally assigned the call number, 920 Z99 V. 3. Four of the original volumes were received in 1994. The originals and microfilm were subsequently assigned the call number, MSS 2180.
Acquisition Information
Gift; Unknown donor; 1994. Microfilm received in the 1960's.
Subject Terms
Cowley (Wyo.); Bighorn Basin (Mont. and Wyo.); Mormons--Colonization--Wyoming; Social Life and Customs; City and Town Life; Wyoming--Politics and government; Crosby, Jesse Wentworth, 1848-1915--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Big Horn Stake (Wyo.)
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Proccessed; Rose Frank; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Crosby (Jesse Wentworth) diaries
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-06-18 16:54:43 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Jesse Wentworth Crosby (1848-1915) was an early Mormon settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and member of the Wyoming legislature.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby was born on June 22, 1848 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to Jesse Wentworth Crosby and Hannah Elida Baldwin. He married Sarah Pauline Clark on October 4, 1867, in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had twelve children together. He also later married Sarah Francis Jacobs aprroximately in 1878, Annie Maria Davies in 1878, and Sarah Ann Meeks in 1894. Jesse Crosby was President of the Panguitch Stake of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1882 to 1900. He was an early settler in Big Horn, Wyoming, and was a member of the Wyoming legislature, representing Big Horn County, beginning in 1910.

Jesse Wentworth Crosby died on February 24, 1915, in Cowley, Wyoming.

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