William Butler autobiographies and letters

William Butler autobiographies and letters

Dates: 1850-1905

This collection consists of autobiographies and personal letters. Included are four personal histories of varying lengths. Butler described his visions, business matters, family relationships, church assignments, missions served, and recounted many colorful experiences including hunting down and killing the murderer of one of his children. The letters were written by William Butler and his first wife, Emma Harvey, to their Henry Harvey Butler in 1891-2 while Henry was serving on a mission to the Eastern U.S.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.2 linear ft.) : (19 items)
  • Creator: Butler, William, 1825-1905
  • Call Number: MSS SC 863
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Alternative Format
Reproduced in 1986.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Butler autobiography and 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 863; William Butler autobiographies and letters; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 863, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Barbara Butler Anderson in 1986.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Barbara Butler Anderson; 1986.
Subject Terms
Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Vigilance committees--Utah--Biography; Polygamy--Religious aspects--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History; Utah--History--20th century; Mormon pioneers--Utah--Biography; Utah Expedition (1857-1858)--Biography; Utah--History--19th century; Prisoners--History; Mormon handcart companies; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Great Britain--Biography; Butler, William, 1825-1905; Smith, Lot
Genre / Form
Letters; Autobiographies
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Butler (William) autobiographies and letters
Finding Aid Author
Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-10-28 15:02:19 -0600.
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Biographical History

Butler was born in Ireland, immigrated to the U.S., and joined the Mormon Church in Salt Lake City in 1850. Butler served three missions to Great Britain for the Mormon Church. When he returned from the first of these in 1856, he accompanied the Ellsworth handcart company to Utah. William was a farmer and lived primarily in Marriott and Kaysville, Utah. He served with Lot Smith and the Utah militia resisting federal forces in 1857-8. Butler had five wives, thirty children, and served time in the Utah territorial prison for bigamy.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts