Walter J. Lewis mission journal

Walter J. Lewis mission journal

Dates: 1878

Journal contains descriptions of the experiences Walter Lewis underwent during his time spent as a missionary in Wales. Though much of the journal is dedicated to missionary work and religious experiences, Lewis also takes time to write about his correspondences, the area he was living in, and also gives personal detail to many of the Latter-day Saints he worked with while in Wales. This journal covers the year of 1878. The Walter Lewis mission journal does not give the starting date of Lewis' mission, but this journal is probably one of multiple journals Lewis kept while on his mission.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Lewis, Walter J. (Walter Joseph), 1854-1924
  • Call Number: MSS 6900
  • 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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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Walter J. Lewis mission 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 6900; Walter J. Lewis mission journal; 19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6900, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Journal was purchased by the repository on April 20, 2009 from Benchmark Books in Salt Lake City, Utah. According to Chris Bench of Benchmark Books, they purchased the journal from Oliver Barrett who sold it for his father, Dallas L. Barrett, in March 2009. Dallas Barrett does not recall who Walter Lewis is or how he came by the journal. The family was unable to locate additional volumes of this journal.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Benchmark Books; 2009.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Wales--History; Lewis, Walter J. (Walter Joseph), 1854-1924--Diaries; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Wales--Diaries
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Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; 19th Century Latter-day Saint mission journal.
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Finding Aid Title
Lewis (Walter J.) mission journal
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Finding aid prepared by Lissa Bogart
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Biographical History

Walter Lewis (1854-1924), son of William Lewis and Ann Evans, was born in Salt Lake City June 25, 1854. In his early twenties, Lewis embarked on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in Wales, where Latter-day Saint missionaries had been preaching since the 1840s. Following his mission, Lewis remained in the Salt Lake City, Utah region until his death on May 13, 1924.

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