William Anderson McGinley journal

William Anderson McGinley journal

Dates: 1852

The journal of William Anderson McGinley, officially bears the name, "Loose thoughts, rambles in the South, southern scenes, the aimless dreams of one and twenty, the 'ominous gatherings' of idle hours commenced in the early part of my 22nd year, 1852." He accounts of leaving home on 28 January 1852 and studying at Mount Pisgah (Arkansas?) in November young McGinley has entered. This journal records in an interesting and chatty manner William's struggles to abandon a rather dissipated life--and his original legal career plans--for his childhood preference for the ministry.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.08 linear ft.)
  • Creator: McGinley, William Anderson, 1831-1896
  • Call Number: MSS 4108
  • 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 William Anderson McGinley journal 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 4108; William Anderson McGinley journal; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4108, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These items were purchased by Special Collections in1985.
Acquisition Information
Purchase; Rick Grunder; 1985.
Related Material
See also McGinley, William Anderson, 1831-1896. Rational triumph, or, The dangers of victory [microform] : a discourse delivered in the Congregational Church of the town of Shrewsbury, Massachusetts, upon the occasion of the federal triumphs over the victories of February, 1862, and in view of ultimate victory, (Z 1201 .S32 Unit 193 22059 ).
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Arkansas--History; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Controversial literature; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Relations; McGinley, William Anderson, 1831-1896--Diaries; Religion; Mormon Church--Relations; Mormon missionaries--Southern States--History; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
McGinley (William Anderson) journal
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Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-05T04:21-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

William Anderson McGinley lived from 1831 to 1896. His live went through legal and ministry career.

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