John L. Smith diary

John L. Smith diary

Dates: 1888

Handwritten diary by John L. Smith while living in St. George, Utah. Smith records his daily activities, which included temple work at the Mormon St. George Temple, guarding the temple, and attending meetings of the Mormon Church.

  • Extent: 1 v. (183 p.)
  • Creator: Smith, John L. (John Lyman), 1828-1898
  • Call Number: MSS SC 2047
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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 John L. Smith diary 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 2047; John L. Smith diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 2047, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquisition Information
Related Material
Other papers by John L. Smith may be found in the John L. Smith papers (MSS 680).
Subject Terms
St. George Temple (Saint George, Utah); Home and Family; Mormons--Utah--Saint George--History--Sources; Saint George (Utah)--History--Sources; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Smith (John L.) diary
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Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:27-0600
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Biographical History

John L. Smith was an early member of the Mormon Church, first cousin of Joseph Smith (1805-1844), and younger brother of George A. Smith. He was a Church patriarch and mission president, and served as a delegate to the Utah Territorial Legislature. He lived in Nauvoo, Illinois, and in Salt Lake City, Fillmore, and St. George, Utah.

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