Hester Telle Richards diary

Hester Telle Richards diary

Dates: 1994

Diary consists of photocopied pages from a diary Richards kept between 1891 and 1933, and a transcribed copy of Richards' diary of 1892. The transcribed diary includes a short introduction, biography, and index, as well as a short explanation of George Q. Cannon's family. The transcription centers around Richards' travels in and around Salt Lake City, usually with her twin sister Amelia. The photocopied diary centers on two spans in Richards' life, between 1891 and 1893, and 1931 to 1933. The later entries focus on Richards' estrangement from her husband and her concerns for her son Daniel.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Richards, Hester Telle, 1870-1936
  • Call Number: MSS 6943
  • 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 Hester Telle Richards diary 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 6943; Hester Telle Richards diary; 19th and 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6943, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Heather Schick Shelton in 1994.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Heather Schick Shelton; 1994.
Subject Terms
Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901; Diaries; Material Types; Mormon women--Utah--Diaries; Polygamy--Utah--History
Processing Information
Processed; Mary Downs; 2009.
Appraisal Information
LDS, Utah, and Western American women (19th and 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Richards (Hester Telle) diary
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:07-0600
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Biographical History

Hester Telle Richards (1870-1936) was a Mormon woman in Utah.

She was born Hester Telle Cannon on 16 February 1870. She was the daughter of George Q. Cannon, an apostle in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and Martha Telle, his fourth wife. Hester was raised on the Cannon farm in Salt Lake City with thirty-three other Cannon children. She attended the L.D.S. College. She married Daniel Brigham Hill Richards in 1902, but they divorced in 1933. She had one son, Daniel Sinclair, born 5 April 1911. She died 26 October 1936.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts