John Lowe Butler autobiographies

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John Lowe Butler autobiographies

Dates: 1957-1970

Collection includes three typewritten versions of the autobiography of John Lowe Butler. The autobiographies describe Butler's conversion to the Latter-day Saint Church, building Nauvoo, Illinois, officiating in the temple, experiences as Joseph Smith's bodyguard, the martyrdom of Smith, the expulsion from Nauvoo, the journey to Utah, the colonization of Spanish Fork, Utah, the Utah War and genealogical information of the Butler family, family wills and patriarchal blessings.

  • Extent: 3 folders
  • Creator: Butler, John Lowe, 1808-1860
  • Call Number: MSS SC 390
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th 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 in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John Lowe Butler autobiographies 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 390; John Lowe Butler autobiographies; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 390, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Autobiographies were previously held in separate collections (MSS SC 2740), and were merged into a single artificial collection in 2008. Donated by Dr. Ulrich Bryner in 1976.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Dr. Ulrich Bryner; 1976.
Subject Terms
Butler, John Lowe, 1808-1860; Smith, Joseph, 1805-1844; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormons--Colonization--Utah--Utah County; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History; Pioneers; Spanish Fork (Utah)--History; Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy).
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Finding Aid Title
Butler (John Lowe) autobiographies
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:31-0600
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Biographical History

John Lowe Butler (1808-1860) was a Mormon pioneer, farmer, and blacksmith. He was a bodyguard for Joseph Smith, and later settled Spanish Fork, Utah.

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