Joseph Smith Black autobiography

Joseph Smith Black autobiography

Dates: 1889-1890

Handwritten autobiography. Black wrote this account when he was in the Utah Penitentiary for polygamy. The autobiography starts in the year 1877 when Black was living in Deseret, Utah. He writes about his life in Deseret, his avoidance of federal officials while resisting arrest for polygamy, and his subsequent incarceration in prison.

  • Extent: 1 v. (125 pages) photocopies (125 pages)
  • Creator: Black, Joseph Smith, 1836-1910
  • Call Number: MSS 742
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: The originals are restricted due to their poor condition. Photocopies are available for patron use.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Joseph Smith Black autobiography 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 742; Joseph Smith Black autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 742, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Polygamy--Utah--History; Deseret (Utah)--History--Sources; Politics, Government, and Law; Mormons--Utah--Deseret--History; Prisons--Utah--History; Civil Procedure and Courts; Black, Joseph Smith, 1836-1910
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Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Black (Joseph Smith) autobiography
Finding Aid Author
Rose Frank
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-02-19 13:18:42 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Mormon pioneer, polygamist, and bishop.

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