Nancy Alexander Tracy autobiographical writings

Nancy Alexander Tracy autobiographical writings

Dates: 1880-1899

Includes three reminiscent accounts written in 1880, 1885, and 1895, reflecting on her early life in New York state; marriage to Moses Tracy, 1832; conversion to Mormonism, 1834; occasional interactions with Joseph Smith Jr.; and experiences with her husband in New York, 1844. Also includes information on her activities in Kirtland, Ohio; Far West, Missouri; Nauvoo, Illinois; Council Bluffs, Iowa; Winter Quarters, Nebraska; and Ogden, Utah. She also comments on her emigration to Utah, 1850; and temporary move from Ogden to Provo, 1857. She recounts post-Nauvoo-period church history events. The 1880 account was submitted to historian Hubert Howe Bancroft. The 1885 account is more detailed. The 1895 account appears to be derived from the 1885 version but, again, incorporates more detail. The collection includes typescripts of all three accounts, plus a photocopy of the 1885 manuscript. The 1895 typescript also includes occasional diary entries, 1896-1899, plus two patriarchal blessings, poetry, family genealogical information, and a name index. Some of the accounts were transcribed by William C. Anderson. An explanatory sheet by Anderson is included at the end of the collection.

  • Extent: 5 folders
  • Creator: Tracy, Nancy Alexander, 1816-1902
  • Call Number: MSS 2198
  • 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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Location of Originals
The original manuscript of the 1880 account is located in the Bancroft Library, Berkley, California.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Nancy Alexander Tracy autobiographical writings 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 2198; Nancy Alexander Tracy autobiographical writings; 20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2198, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The donor, a great-grandson of Nancy Tracy, brought the collection to BYU Special Collections and Manuscripts on 22 December 1999. BYU also has another typescript of the 1885 account (MSS SC 918).
Acquisition Information
William C. Anderson, American Fork, Utah, gift, 1999.
Subject Terms
Smith, Joseph, Jr., 1805-1844; Tracy, Nancy Alexander, 1816-1902; Council Bluffs (Iowa)--History--Sources; Mormon pioneers--Biography; Mormon women--History--Sources; Mormons--Persecutions--History--19th century--Sources; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--19th century--Sources; Ogden (Utah)--History--19th century--Sources; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Diaries
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Tracy (Nancy Alexander) autobiographical writings
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lucy Brimhall
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:39-0600
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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts