John Law Blythe papers

John Law Blythe papers

Dates: 1870-1880

File includes copies of a handwritten biographical sketch of Blythe, written by one of his granddaughters, Pearl Elizabeth Mitchell Boyce; typescripts of some of Blythe's 1874 letters to Brigham Young (1801-1877) reporting on the progress of the Arizona mission and relations with the Indians; a diary covering 1857-1874 as well as extracts from 1870 and 1878-1880. The 1857-1874 diary describes Blythe's conversion to the Mormon Church in California; emigrating to Utah; and daily life and activities in Utah. The 1870 excerpts provide a brief autobiographical sketch, along with genealogical information and family history. The portion covering 1878-1880 discusses the author's mission for the Mormon Church in Scotland.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.16 linear feet)
  • Creator: Tanner, George S.
  • Call Number: MSS SC 791
  • 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 access.
Languages and Scripts
The materials in this collection are in English.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from MSS SC 791 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 791; John Law Blythe papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 791, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Acquisition Information
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Arizona; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--New Zealand; Arizona--History--To 1912--Sources; Education--Utah--History--Sources; Frontier and pioneer life--Arizona--Sources; Indians of North America; Indians of North America--Agriculture--History--Sources; Mormon missionaries--Arizona; Mormon missionaries--Scotland; Mormons; Mormons--Colonization--Arizona--History--Sources; United orders (Mormon Church)--Arizona--History--Sources
Genre / Form
Biography; Diaries; Letters
Frontier and pioneer life--Utah--Sources
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
Blythe (John Law) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Patsy Shin Hernandez
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:36-0600
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Biographical History

Convert to the Mormon Church, polygamist, and Mormon Missionary to Scotland and to the Indians in Arizona.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts