Minutes from excommunication of Orson Pratt

Minutes from excommunication of Orson Pratt

Dates: 1864

The Orson Pratt, Jr. excommunication minutes describe the court proceedings in the trial of Orson Pratt, Jr. His trial, held on September 18, 1864 was a public meeting held to determine whether Pratt should retain his membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As a result of the trial, Pratt was excommunicated. The single leaf of paper holds roughly ninety-nine lines of handwritten material from the trial.

  • Extent: 1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Pratt, Orson, 1837-1903
  • Call Number: MSS 6954
  • 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.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15999coll24/id/47150
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Minutes from excommunication of Orson Pratt 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 6954; Minutes from excommunication of Orson Pratt; 19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6954, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The Orson Pratt, Jr. excommunication minutes were initially purchased by Ken Sanders of Ken Sanders Rare Books from George A. Burgon. Following this purchase, the company contacted the L. Tom Perry Special Collections to see if they were interested in the document. On April 23, 2009, L. Tom Perry Special Collections purchased the document from Ken Sanders Rare Books.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Ken Sanders Rare Books; 2008.
Subject Terms
Excommunication--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Pratt, Orson, 1837-1903
Genre / Form
Church records and registers
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; Excommunication of a nineteenth century Latter-day Saint.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS6954
Finding Aid Title
Minutes from excommunication of Orson Pratt
Finding Aid Author
Lissa Bogart
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-01-29 13:34:43 -0700.
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Orson Pratt (1837-1903) was a musician and music instructor in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Pratt was born in Kirtland, Ohio on July 11th to Orson and Sarah Pratt. The son of a Latter-day Saint apostle, Pratt was excommunicated from the Latter-day Saint Church in 1864 after refusing Brigham Young's request to serve a mission and publicly denouncing Joseph Smith, the founder of the Latter-day Saint movement. He died on December 6, 1903 in Salt Lake City, Utah.



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