George Alley papers

George Alley papers

Dates: 1834-1891

The material in this collection was generated by George Alley, and some of his children and descendants. The collection includes account and receipt books from Salem, Mass., Nauvoo, and Salt Lake City. Also included, are letters between family members, a journal page of George Alley, a diary of Stephen Webb Alley, genealogy and family history materials (including xerox copies of photographs), and various memorabilia.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Alley, George, 1792-1859
  • Call Number: MSS SC 727
  • 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
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the George Alley family collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS SC 727; George Alley papers; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS SC 727, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The bulk of these materials were originally owned by George Alley. At his death they went into the possession of his son Stephen Webb Alley, who added some documents to the collection. After Stephen's death in 1921 at Bancroft, Idaho, the documents remained in the Alley family. In about 1968, they came into the possession of Stephen L. Alley, who donated them to the BYU Archives on 17 July, 1984.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Stephen L Alley; 1984.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Alley family--History--Sources; Alley, Mary Symonds, 1796-1880--Portraits; Alley, Stephen Webb; Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909; Wells, Lydia Ann, 1828-1909--Portraits; Wells, Susan Hannah Alley, 1830-1924--Portraits; Businessmen--Utah--Salt Lake City--Biography; Correspondence; Material Types; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History--Sources; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Salt Lake City (Utah)--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Albumen prints; Diaries; Letters; Photographic prints; Prints; Receipts (Acknowledgments)
Processing Information
Processed; David J. Whittaker; January 1991.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Alley (George) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker and Tom Wallace
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:31-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

George Alley (1792-1859) was a Mormon businessman who owned stores in Salem, Massachusetts; Nauvoo, Illinois; and Salt Lake City, Utah.

George Alley (December 30, 1792 - November 18, 1859) was born in Lynn, Mass. He was married to Mary Symonds in 1822 and moved with his family to Salem about ten years later where they were taught the gospel by Erastus Snow and Benjamin Winchester. They operated a store in Salem. The Alleys were Baptized in 1842, and moved to Nauvoo that same year. George Alley had a store in Nauvoo, the main business of which was shoemaking. The Family crossed the Mississippi in the summer of 1846. On September 20, 1848, they entered the Salt Lake Valley.

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