John Austin Abbott mission diaries

John Austin Abbott mission diaries

Dates: 1898-1901

Contains five volumes of photocopied pages from the mission diaries of John Austin Abbott. Abbott served in the New Zealand Mission, and these diaries detail his daily occasions. He talks about his time with the Mormon Church, their lives, the weather, and baptism numbers. Dated 1899-1901.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Abbott, John Austin, 1871-1954
  • Call Number: MSS 7963
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the John Austin Abbott mission diaries 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 7963; John Austin Abbott mission diaries; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7963; LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Mary Lou Shaw in 1997.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mary Lou Shaw; 1997.
Subject Terms
Abbott, John Austin, 1871-1954--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--New Zealand; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon Church--Missions--New Zealand; Mormon missionaries--New Zealand--Diaries; Mormons--New Zealand
Genre / Form
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts. Abbott was a Mormon missionary to New Zealand, and his journals document his experiences there.
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Finding Aid Title
Abbott (John Austin) mission diaries
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-10-20T04:22-0600
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Biographical History

John Austin Abbott (1871-1954) was a Mormon missionary, miner, and farmer.

John Austin Abbott was born on August 12, 1871 in Plymouth, Utah to Myron and Laura Allen Abbott. He worked in the mines of Nevada as a young adult. He married Chrissie Eveline Whitney on March 12, 1895 in the St. George, Utah Temple, and together they had nine children. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Abbott was called to serve a mission to New Zealand between 1898 and 1901. He later labored as a farmer in Idaho. He died in Las Vegas, Nevada on March 8, 1954.

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