John Fisk incoming letters

John Fisk incoming letters

Dates: 1859-1870

This collection consists of letters received by John Fisk from members of the Fisk family living in Minnesota and Montana. In the fall of 1866 John Fisk and three brothers led an expedition of several hundred people to Montana. He and his brothers bought a defunct newspaper and published on 15 Nov. 1866 the first issue of the "Helena Weekly Herald." The "Helena Weekly" was an influential Republican newspaper in the late 1860's. One of the letters, dated 16 May 1869, was written on a printed copy of the newspaper dated 1 May 1869, vol. 1, no. 10. The bulk of the letters are concerned with family matters. They discuss finances, the possibility of various members moving to Montana, and deaths in the family.

  • Extent: 10 items
  • Creator: Fisk, John, 1859-1870
  • Call Number: MSS SC 845
  • 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 Fisk incoming letters 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 845; John Fisk incoming letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 845, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Fisk family; Correspondence; Immigration and American Expansion; Material Types; Montana--History--19th century; Pioneers; Pioneers--Montana--History--Sources; Publishers and publishing--Montana--History--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
Fisk (John) incoming letters
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Finding aid prepared by Morgan Crockett
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2010-10-05T08:36-0600
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Biographical History

Fisk was a Montana pioneer and newspaper publisher.

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Ryan Lee
Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts