Andrew Ferguson diaries and autobiography

Andrew Ferguson diaries and autobiography

Dates: 1852-1880

Holograph autobiography, diary, and notebook containing speeches, council meeting minutes, and journal additions. Ferguson writes about his ancestors, early life, education, and his conversion to the Mormon Church in 1844. His diaries cover the years 1852-55 and 1879-80 while serving as a missionary in Scotland. Many entries are lengthy and detailed, but there are several gaps. Ferguson made the overland journey from Atchison, Kansas to Salt Lake City in 1855, and writes briefly of travelling conditions, preparation for the journey west, and company organization. His wife delivered a baby boy twenty miles from Fort Laramie, Wyoming. Ferguson also writes extensively about life in Utah.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.25 linear ft.) : 418 p.
  • Creator: Ferguson, Andrew, 1818-1888
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1055
  • 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.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Andrew Ferguson diaries and 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 SC 1055; Andrew Ferguson diaries and autobiography; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1055, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Ferguson, Andrew, 1818-1888--Diaries; Civic Activism; Mormon converts--Scotland--Diaries; Mormon missionaries--Scotland--Diaries; Mormon pioneers--Diaries; Politics, Government, and Law; Scotland--History--19th century
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Diaries; Typescripts
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Ferguson (Andrew) diaries and autobiography
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Finding aid prepared by Benjamin Sipes
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-03-30T04:14-0600
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Biographical note

Scottish convert and Mormon pioneer. Ferguson was a farmer and public official in Spanish Fork, Utah.

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