Utah Territorial Legislature papers

Utah Territorial Legislature papers

Dates: 1853-1880

The Utah Territorial Legislature papers, 1853-1880 contain the following: 1. Voucher for Mileage of Members of the Council. January 12, 1880. Shows names, counties, residence, miles traveled and signatures of 13 legislature members. Names of Lorenzo Snow, Erastus Snow and Joseph F. Smith are included. Arthur L. Thomas, Secretary of Utah Territory, has signed the voucher, indicating that he paid everybody. A note certifying the correctness of the mileage record signed by Lorenzo snow. 1 leaf, 18 by 22 inches. 2. Voucher No 38: Session of 1862-3. December 8, 1862. List of members of House of Representatives of Legislative Assembly of Territory of Utah who have received payment for mileage and attendances. Shows names of 31 men with their signatures. Names include Orson Pratt Sr., Joseph A. Young and William W. Phelps. 1 leaf, blue paper, 19 by 22 inches. 3. Three documents signed by John Hartnett: Abstract Per Diem of Officers March 31, 1859; and “Account Current with the United States,” March 31, 1859; “Per Diem of Members of Legislative Assembly,” August 30, 1859. Names of John Taylor, Phineas H. Young, George A. Smith and 14 others are shown. Both notes certifying accuracy of records are signed by John Hartnett, Secretary of Utah Territory. 4. Receipts from Wholesale Booksellers Stationers. 2 leaves: 8 by 12 inches and 12 by 16 inches. 5. Vouchers, voucher duplicates and 1 photocopied voucher for various legislatures. They are being paid for mileage, postage, sawing wood, book storage, candlesticks, cleaning Legislature Halls, printing notices, sand, book binding, Congress chairs, desks, door parts, printing costs, copying laws and other services and materials. Circa 1858-1859. 6. 4 voucher packet covers and two sealed packets of “Duplicates: Accounts Rendered August 10, 1859. 7. Documents certifying that various men were members of the House of Representatives of the Territory of Utah. Signed by John Taylor, Speaker of the House of Representatives or by Daniel H. Wells, President of the Council. Circa 1858-1859. Some are handwritten; others are on typed forms with words filled in by hand. 180 items in all.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Utah. Legislature
  • Call Number: MSS 4055
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 4055; Utah Territorial Legislature papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4055, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Purchased from Peter Crawley in 1995.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Peter Crawley; 1995.
Subject Terms
Utah. Legislature--History; Politics, Government, and Law; Territorial Government
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Processing Information
Processed; Karen Glenn; 30 January 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah political history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007.)
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Finding Aid Title
Utah Territorial Legislature papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:41-0600
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Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
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Administrative History

The Utah Territorial Legislature was held before Utah was granted statehood.

The Utah Territory was a pre-statehood organization containing land in four modern state boundaries. By 1868 it included only the land in the current state if Utah. Soon after the territory was organized in 1850, Brigham Young became its first governor in 1851 and the first session of the Territorial Legislature was held. In all, 31 legislative assemblies were held by the time Utah was granted statehood in 1896.

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