William Blaisdell cyphering book

William Blaisdell cyphering book

Dates: 1808

Handwritten book of calculations belonging to Blaisdell (spelled Blasdel in the book) of Cambridge, Vermont, when he was a school teacher and young man. Also included are genealogical lists and notes about the life of Blaisdell. Dated 1808.

  • Extent: 1 volume (0.05 linear ft.) : (ca. 200 pages)
  • Creator: Blaisdell, William, 1783-1863
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 427
  • 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: Original restricted due to condition. Patrons should use digital copy available online.
  • Images: https://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/digital/collection/p15999coll31/id/9013
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Alternative Format
Digital copy available online.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from William Blaisdell cyphering book must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
The item has fire damage.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vault MSS 427; William Blaisdell cyphering book; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 427, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the LDS Church History Department in 1980.
Acquisition Information
Donated; LDS Church History Department; 1980.
Subject Terms
Arithmetic--Study and teaching; Education--Vermont--History--Sources; Elementary and Secondary Education
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Processing Information
Record updated; Ryan K. Lee; March 2018.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1; November 2013).
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Finding Aid Title
Blaisdell (William) cyphering book
Finding Aid Author
Lucas J. Chehda
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-09-18 12:37:29 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

William Blaisdell (1783-1863) was a Vermont farmer and school teacher.

William Blaisdell, also spelled Blasdel, was born on November 1, 1783, in Weare, Hillsborough, New Hampshire to Jonathan Blaisdell III and Merriam Blaisdell. When he was about thirteen years old, William moved to Vermont with his mother and siblings, his father having died when he was two years old. On August 18, 1816, William married Miriam or Mary Mudgett in Cambridge, Vermont, and they had six children together.

In Cambridge, William was a successful farmer and school teacher. He is known to have been knowledgable of arithmetic, and tested whiskey and "high wines." When he died he left a considerable estate.

William Blaisdell died on January 24, 1863, in Cambridge, Vermont.

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