Archibald Gardner autobiography

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Archibald Gardner autobiography

Dates: approximately 1858-1870

Handwritten autobiography of Gardner, detailing his birth and life in Scotland, immigration to Canada, marriage, and joining the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Also included are what seem to be financial notes from the years 1858 to 1862. Dated approximately 1858-1870.

  • Extent: 1 volume (98 p.) ; 27 x 22 cm
  • Creator: Gardner, Archibald, 1815-1902
  • Call Number: MSS 537
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Alternative Format
Photocopies of autobiography included.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Archibald Gardner autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 537; Archibald Gardner autobiography; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 537, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Provenance unknown.
Acquisition Information
Source of acquisition unknown.
Subject Terms
Mormon pioneers--History; Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History; Mormons--Canada--History; Mormons--Emigration and immigration--History--19th century; Gardner, Archibald, 1815-1902
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Photocopies
Processing Information
Revised and updated; Ryan Lee, curator; 2016.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Gardner (Archibald) autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Andrea Wyss
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-04-27 15:06:08 -0600.
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Biographical History

Archibald Gardner (1815-1902) was a Mormon bishop, member of the Utah territorial legislature, and builder of sawmills in Utah and Wyoming.

Archibald Gardner was born in 1815 in Scotland, but later moved to Canada with his family. He married in 1839 and later sacrificed his business to join the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1845. Gardner went to Nauvoo, Illinois, and migrated to Utah with the Mormons in 1847. While in Utah, he served as an LDS bishop and a member of Utah territorial legislature. Gardner built sawmills in Utah and Wyoming.

Archibald Gardner died in 1902.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts