William Grant papers

William Grant papers

Dates: 1886-2009

This collection, made up entirely of photocopies, includes a journal kept by William Grant from 1889 to 1890. This journal, which begins on April twentieth and ends on August nineteenth, displays Grant's dedication, as he wrote a line in his diary every day during this time period. The collection also contains many other materials, including pedigrees, biographies, and life sketches concerning Grant's family. Collection materials date from between 1886 and 2009.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Grant, William, 1838-1916
  • Call Number: MSS 7417
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Grant papers 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 7417; William Grant papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7417, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Photocopies donated by Melanie Schrader.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Melanie Schrader; 2009.
Related Material
See also the William Grant journal (MSS 342).
Subject Terms
Grant family; Grant, William, 1838-1916; Diaries; Material Types
Genre / Form
Bibliographies; Genealogies; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Chandler; 2009.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western & Mormon Americana; Photocopies of 19th Century materials.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Grant (William) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Chandler
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-08T09:32-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

William Grant (1838-1916) was a convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who helped establish American Fork, Utah. He also had a passion for music often working as a music dealer or performer.

William Grant was born on Christmas Day in Willenhall, England. to John and Sarah Grant. Along with his family, in which he was the first son and second child, Grant joined the Latter-day Saint faith at the age of twelve. Though his parents lost interest for the Church by the time Grant reached thirteen, he stayed firm in his beliefs, traveling to Utah after his marriage to Harriet Foster in 1859. Foster was not a member of the Latter-day Saint faith when she married Grant, but she eventually converted. Grant later entered into plural marriage, marrying Rose Hannah in May 1875. Throughout his life, Grant showed an incredible passion for music, often working as a music dealer or performer, and also kept avid journals. He also helped establish the Utah town American Fork. Grant passed away on the second or fifth day of December 1916.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts