Jonathan Oldham Duke autobiography and diary

Jonathan Oldham Duke autobiography and diary

Dates: 1850-1855

Handwritten autobiography and diary. Duke writes about his early life in England, his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1839, and life in Nauvoo, Illinois. Duke made the overland journey in 1850 from Council Bluffs, Iowa to Salt Lake City, Utah in the James Pace Company. He mentions several deaths in the company from cholera and writes mostly about daily travelling conditions and the company's organization.

  • Extent: 3 folders (0.3 linear ft.) : 2 typescripts (volumes 1 and 2); (ca. 50 p.) + 1 photocopy (94 p.)
  • Creator: Duke, Jonathan Oldham, 1807-1868
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 227
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Originals restricted due to poor condition. The photocopies are for patron use.
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Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 227; Jonathan Oldham Duke autobiography and diary; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 227, LTPSC.
Subject Terms
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877; Immigration and American Expansion; Mormon pioneers--Diaries; Mormons--Illinois--Nauvoo--History; Mormons--Utah--Provo--History; Nauvoo (Ill.)--History; Pioneers; Provo (Utah)--History
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Autobiographies; Diaries; Photocopies; Typescripts
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19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Duke (Jonathan Oldham) autobiography and diary
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Finding aid prepared by Rose Frank
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-02-16T04:22-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Mormon pioneer and farmer who served as a city councilman, justice of the peace, and bishop in Provo, Utah.

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