Orley Dwight Bliss autobiography and diary

Orley Dwight Bliss autobiography and diary

Dates: 1864-1865

Handwritten autobiography and diary. Account is retrospective until 1864, when Bliss writes short daily entries about his journey from Salt Lake City to Nebraska by ox team to help gather the poor to Utah. On the return trip to Utah, Bliss describes weather conditions, daily camping locations and mileage, encounters with Indian tribes, and more than twenty deaths from cholera. Bliss immigrated to Utah at age 8 and participated in the Utah War. Several pages of family genealogy are included at the end of the diary.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.) : (Mss., typescript and photocopy)
  • Creator: Bliss, Orley Dwight, 1839-1930
  • Call Number: MSS 615
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Microfilm copy is open without restriction. Access to original materials with permission from the supervisor of reference services. Typescript is open without restriction.
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Initial citation: MSS 615; Orley Dwight Bliss autobiography and diary; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 615, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Bliss, Orley Dwight, 1839-1930; Utah Expedition (1857-1858); Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon pioneers--History; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; Mormons--Utah--Toquerville--History--Sources; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History; Overland journeys to the Pacific; Pioneers; Toquerville (Utah)--History
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Autobiographies; Diaries
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Bliss (Orley Dwight) autobiography and diary
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Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-12T04:07-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Mormon pioneer, farmer, and resident of southern Utah.

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