Fort Bridger financial records

Fort Bridger financial records

Dates: 1857-1858

Photocopy of handwritten Fort Bridger, Wyoming financial records, from 1857 to 1858. Includes pages from a day book, from May 15 to July 11, 1858, and account book, dated from December 1857 to 1858. Records include an inventory of merchandise purchased, by whom, date, price, and method of payment.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Fort Bridger (Wyo.)
  • Call Number: MSS SC 33
  • 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.
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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 Fort Bridger financial records 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 33; Fort Bridger financial records; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 33, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1973.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1973 (A1973-037)
Subject Terms
Fort Bridger (Wyo.)--Archives; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Mormons--Wyoming--Fort Bridger; Retail Trade
Genre / Form
Account books; Daybooks; Photocopies
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 17 July 2007.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Fort Bridger finanacial records
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler and Karen Glenn, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:30-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Administrative History

Fort Bridger (est. 1842) was a fur trade outpost and resupply station in Wyoming. The fort was purchased by Brigham Young in 1855, who operated it until 1857.

Fort Bridger was established in 1842 by fur trader Jim Bridger. In 1853 the fort was abandoned by Bridger after a disagreement with Mormon settlers, and in 1855 the fort was purchased by Brigham Young for $8,000. In 1857 the Mormons burned the fort in the face of the advancing United States Army. Following the war, Congress rejected Young's claim to the fort. The fort was later operated by the United States Army.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts