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Brigham Young Collection


Held at: Princeton University Library: Manuscripts Division [Contact Us]

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Young, Brigham, 1801-1877

Brigham Young was a leader in the Latter Day Saints movement and was president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (1847-death). Young and his fellow Mormons founded and colonized Salt Lake City, and Young served as the first governor of the Utah Territory. Young also founded the University of Deseret in 1850, which became the University of Utah, and Brigham Young Academy, which later became Brigham Young University.

The collection contains three letters by Brigham Young, one (1846) to his fourth wife, Harriet Cook Young, about his trip out West and two (1872, 1873) to fellow Mormons; a letter (1862) to him authorized by Lincoln from Adjutant General L. Thomas, calling on Young to raise a cavalry company of Utah militia to protect the property of the Telegraph and Overland Mail Company for ninety days or until such time as the regular troops could reach Independence Rock where an Indian disturbance was taking place; and letters by the quarter-master of Army to Secretary of War Edwin M. Stanton dealing with the payment of expenses incurred in equipping the militia. There is one letter (1968) by Edith Young Booth, granddaughter of Brigham Young, with information about the family. Also included are xeroxes of letters from Young to Harriet Cook Young, their son Oscar B. Young, and various other correspondents.

The collection was formed in part as a result of a departmental practice of combining into one collection manuscript material of various accessions relating to a particular author.

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This collection was the gift of Edith Young Booth in 1968.

AM 19784.

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Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

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Collection Inventory

Letter to Harriett Cook Young, 23 June 1846. 1 folder.
Physical Description

1 folder

2 Letters to George Reynolds and W. T. Harris, 1872-1873. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Correspondence of L. Thomas, 1862-1863. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence, 1863. 1 folder.
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1 folder

Miscellaneous Correspondence (Photocopies), 1846-1870. 1 folder.
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1 folder

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