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Franklin William Marchant Hawaiian mission diaries

Franklin William Marchant Hawaiian mission diaries

Dates: 1881-1908

Seven volumes of Franklin William Marchant’s diaries. Photocopied. The diaries cover Marchant’s missions to the Sandwich Islands (1881-1884 and 1906-1908). Marchant writes his first three diaries in daily entries: in the fourth volume, he begins to write in chapters. He writes about the social structure of Hawaii in 1884, with the Germans in the aristocracy. He makes friends with a Catholic man who offers to send the missionaries’ mail for them. The fifth journal, 1902-1905, contains song lyrics, thoughts about the gospel and names of people instead of regular entries. His sixth diary covers his second mission to Hawaii. It, like the first three diaries, is written in daily entries again: sometimes days spent doing the same thing are grouped together in the same sentence. Marchant helps regulate the affairs of the Church in Hawaii. The Church is young there and complications arise. At the end of the seventh journal is an obituary for two people: Oscar F. Lyons and John Alma Marchant. John Alma Marchant was Franklin’s older brother.

  • Extent: 7 folders (0.7 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Marchant, Franklin William, 1853-1937
  • Call Number: MSS 4156
  • 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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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Franklin Willaim Marchant Hawaiian mission diaries 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 4156; Franklin Willliam Marchant Hawaiian mission diaries; 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4156, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Harold S. Davis in 1991.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Harold S. Davis; 1991.
Subject Terms
Diaries; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Hawaii
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 20 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th-20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Marchant (Franklin William) Hawaiian mission diaries
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-07T15:45-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Franklin William Marchant was born on September 20, 1853 in Birmingham Warwick, England. His parents were Abraham Marchant and Lydia Lidiard Johnson. He married Anna Pearson (or Pehrson) on February 15, 1875 in Salt Lake City, Utah. He passed away on January 11, 1937 in Peoa, Summit County, Utah.

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