Emmeline B. Wells collection

Emmeline B. Wells collection

Dates: 1842-1923

The collection contains correspondence of Emmeline B. Wells, 1898-1923; papers and poems either by or about Emmeline B. Wells; a certificate to the Columbian Exposition in 1893; handwritten documents written by Emmeline B. Wells or family; priesthood blessings; photocopies of photographs; original and typescript of ledger book (Emmeline B. Wells' copy with marginal notes) recording Utah Suffrage Association membership and "Relief Society Minutes, Nauvoo, 1842-1844;" diaries of Emmeline B. Wells, 1 May 1875 - 14 October 1876, and 16 December 1883 - 29 January 1886; genealogical pencil records; original and color photocopy of verse book written for Emmeline B. Wells on her seventieth birthday; and original and color photocopy of "Songs and Flowers of the Wasatch," a book of verse presented at the World's Columbian Exposition (1893: Chicago) containing hand-painted watercolor illustrations. The collection is contained in three archival boxes.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Wells, Emmeline B. (Emmeline Blanche), 1828-1921
  • Call Number: Vault MSS 805
  • 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: The originals of the diaries, the ledger book, and the verse books are restricted in their use due to their fragile condition. Photocopies are available for patron use.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Emmeline B. Wells collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Volume 1 has been changed to Volume 4 in 2015 for Collections Management purposes.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: Vautl MSS 805; Emmeline B. Wells collection; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: Vault MSS 805, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The material in this collection was donated on 12 September 1995. The material remained with the descendants of Emmeline B. Wells and Carol Cornwall Madsen until being donated to the BYU library.
Other Finding Aids
Item-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/VMSS805.xml
Related Material
For the majority of Emmeline B. Wells' diaries, see Vault MSS 510.
Subject Terms
Nauvoo (Ill.); Women poets--Utah; Salt Lake City (Utah); Women--Suffrage--Utah; Women painters--Utah; Correspondence; Material Types; Wells, Emmeline B. (Emmeline Blanche), 1828-1921; Wells, Daniel H. (Daniel Hanmer), 1814-1891; Relief Society (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); World's Columbian Exposition (1893 : Chicago, Ill.); Woodward family
Genre / Form
Illustrations; Account books; Photographs; Diaries; Genealogies; Certificates; Letters
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Wells (Emmeline B.) collection
Finding Aid Author
Leslie Evens
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-12-09 18:38:06 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Emmeline Blanche [Woodward] Wells was born 29 February 1828 at Petersham, Massachusetts to David Woodward and Deiadama Hare. She joined the LDS Church on her fourteenth birthday and then moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. She married James Harvey Harris, Newell K. Whitney, and Daniel Hanmer Wells. She played a major role nationally and internationally regarding the Church and women's suffrage. She served as the fifth president of the Relief Society, from 1910-1921. She died on 25 April 1921 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts