John Elsner autograph book

John Elsner autograph book

Dates: 1872-1912

Autograph book containing autographs, greetings, and letters. These materials were addressed to Elsner and his wife. Most of the items were from Denver, Colorado, though many of the salutations came from other cities in the United States.

  • Extent: 2 v. (approximately 200 pages)
  • Creator: Elsner, John (John Leopold), 1844-1922
  • Call Number: MSS 381
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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 John Elsner autograph book 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 381; John Elsner autograph book; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 381, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Elsner, John (John Leopold), 1844-1922; Artifacts; Denver (Colo.); Jews--Colorado--Denver; Material Types; Physicians--Colorado--Denver
Genre / Form
Autographs; Letters
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
Elsner (John ) autograph book
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-03-26T20:12-0600
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Biographical History

John Elsner (1844-1922) was a physician in Colorado.

John Leopold Elsner was born on May 8, 1844 in Vienna, Austria to Leopold and Hanschen Sultzbacher Elsner. In 1866 Elsner came to Colorado, eventually establishing a medical practice in Denver. He married Lena Zalinger on September 29, 1867, and they had two children. Elsner became a leader within the community, helping to found the city and state medical societies in 1871. He also worked to establish the B'nai B'rith Lodge and Congregation Emmanuel, and the National Jewish Hospital in 1889. Elsner passed away on April 1, 1922 in Denver.

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