Emma James Johnson autobiography

Emma James Johnson autobiography

Dates: 1900

Handwritten autobiography with a typescript of the item. The history includes comments by John's daughter, Laletas Dixon. As a young woman Emma James migrated to Utah with the ill-fated Willie Handcart company. Emma describes how the decision was made to travel to Utah late in the season and gives many details on the nature of the journey and the tragedy which followed. She tells about the starvation, cold, hardships faced by her family, and the death of her father, William James (1809-1856). The item was copied from "Laletas Dixon's history of her ancester William James of the Willey Handcart Co. 1856." This history is located in the Daughters of Utah Pioneers Museum in Salt Lake City, Utah.

  • Extent: 1 item (20 p.) : typescript (6 p.)
  • Creator: Dixon, Laletas. -- Johnson, Emma James, 1840
  • Call Number: MSS 323
  • 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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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from 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 323; Emma James Johnson autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 323, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
James G. Willie Emigrating Company--History; James, William, 1809-1856; Johnson, Emma James, 1840-; Handcarts--West (U.S.)--History; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon handcart companies; Mormons--West (U.S.)--History; Pioneers
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Typescripts
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Johnson (Emma James) autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-15T04:15-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Mormon pioneer.

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