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H. H. (Harvey Harris) Cluff diary

H. H. (Harvey Harris) Cluff, 1836-1916

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: H. H. Cluff diary (MSS SC 1946). Collection includes a handwritten diary by Harvey H. Cluff from 1887-1888. Cluff records events relating to his church activities. He talks about church talks, church courts, and reactions to the activities of federal officials who were pursuing Mormons because of the practice of polygamy. Cluff presents copies of letters written by Mormon Church leaders and gives an account of his arrest for polygamy on 30 April 1887.

Harvey Harris Cluff (1836-1916) was born in Kirtland, Ohio, to a family of converts to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They later moved to Missouri and Illinois, and settled in Utah in 1850. Cluff spent much of the 1850s manufacturing furniture, served in the Nauvoo Legion, and was one of the original trustees of Brigham Young University (1875-1897). He would eventually marry three wives–Margaret Ann Foster, Emily Greening Till, and Sarah Louisa Eggertsen–and they bore him ten children between 1857 and 1889, six of which lived to adulthood.

Cluff spent 1865-1868 on a mission to Great Britain, and after an 1869-1874 mission to Hawaii returned as president of the Hawaiian Mission from 1879-1882. He also later served as a counselor in the presidency of the Utah Stake. Harvey Harris Cluff died in Salt Lake City, Utah, on April 19, 1916.

Jennie Anderson Froiseth letters and advertisement

Jennie Anderson Froiseth (1849-1930). Photo credit: Utah State Historical Society.

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Jennie Anderson Froiseth letters and advertisement (MSS 3875). Collection includes four letters by Froiseth written between 1881 and 1882 as part of her work to abolish polygamy. Two of the letters are on the printed stationery of the Anti-Polygamy Standard. Also includes a manuscript advertisement.

Jennie Anderson Froiseth was born in 1849 in Ireland or New York. She was married to a civil engineer named Bernard M. Froiseth and had two children, named Ethel R. (4-years-old in 1880) and Bernard A. (5 months old in 1880). She wrote a book called “The Women of Mormonism: The Story of Polygamy As Told by the Victims Themselves in 1882.” Jennie Anderson Froiseth died in 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Edwin L. Sabin papers

Edwin L. Sabin (1870-1954)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Edwin L. Sabin papers (MSS SC 1072b). Collection includes holograph and typed letters received by Sabin. Many of these materials relate to Sabin’s research on Kit Carson, and include answers to Sabin’s inquiries regarding the personality, appearance, and activities of Carson. The information was of use to Sabin in his book “Kit Carson Days (1809-1868)” published in 1914 and in its revised edition of 1935. Also included are letters that relate to Sabin’s efforts to get photographs of the American West. Dated 1885-1924.

Cover of “Kit Carson Days (1809-1868)” by Edwin L. Sabin, Classic Reprint Series, Amazon.com

Biographical Note from “Guide to Edwin L. Sabin papers” at the University of Iowa Special Collections:

Edwin Legrand Sabin was born on December 23, 1870 in Rockford, Illinois. Before he was a year old, his father, the educator Henry Sabin, moved the family to Clinton, Iowa. Edwin Sabin grew up in that river town and graduated from Clinton High School in 1888. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Iowa with Phi Beta Kappa honors. Sabin then went to work as a reporter for various newspapers in Iowa and Illinois. In May 1893, he joined an expedition to the Bahamas organized by Charles C. Nutting, a professor of zoology and curator of the University of Iowa’s natural history museum. Sabin resumed his newspaper work upon his return. While working in Chicago, he met Mary Nicole Nash. They were married on October 7, 1896.

Sabin began publishing poetry and short stories in nationally known magazines around the turn of the century. His work appeared in The Chautauquan, St. Nicholas, Country Life, and many others. In 1902, he wrote his first children’s book. Slowly his attention began to focus on the West, and encouraged by his publisher he turned his talents in that direction. His western historical fiction was highly researched and he was proud of its accuracy. He and his wife moved to La Jolla, California in 1913, so he could be closer to his subject matter.

The years 1913-1931 were fruitful ones for Sabin. His books for boys were being published and received critical acclaim. However, he was hit hard by the Great Depression. He tried to sell his services as a writing consultant and even tried to establish a correspondence school for aspiring writers. These schemes failed, as did his attempts to publish his own work. The public’s taste had changed and his western stories, with strong moral lessons of good and evil, were no longer in vogue. Sabin died on November 24, 1954, completely destitute — a ward of the county.


Cody-Sylvan Pass Motor Company records

Auto Stages of Cody-Sylvan Pass Motor Company at Sylvan Lake, Yellowstone Park, 1916. Postcard #16414, Published by J.E. Haynes, Official Photographer, YNP

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Cody-Sylvan Pass Motor Company records (MSS 7635). Contains business records of the Cody-Sylvan Pass Motor Company, including profit and loss statements as well as correspondence regarding trips in automobiles through Yellowstone. Materials date from between 1915 and 1916.

The Cody-Sylvan Pass Motor Company was founded in 1913 by F. J. Haynes. In 1916, the company became the first motorized bus fleet allowed in Yellowstone. At that time, it was co-owned by William Nichols and Shaw & Powell. Their fleet consisted of seven ten-passenger trucks with open bodies, five six-passenger Buicks, one Buick service car, and one GMC Truck. In 1917, the company lost its bid to YPTCo, and Haynes was forced to sell his shares in the company.

Schmid and Topham family collection of Richard Benson, Alvin Benson, and William Richard Smith missionary journals

William Richard Smith (1884-1950)

William Richard Smith (1884-1950)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Schmid and Topham family collection of Richard Benson, Alvin Benson, and William Richard Smith missionary journals (MSS 8535).  Materials include the original missionary journals of Richard Benson, Alvin Benson, and William Richard Smith, collected by Afton Rowley Topham and Nancy Schmid Topham. Dated from 1840 to 1909. Richard Benson’s journals contain information and stories from his first mission to England and second mission to Europe; the first journal goes from 1840 to 1842 and his second journal goes from April 1866 to October 1867. Alvin Benson’s journal documents his mission to California from 1897 to 1898. William Richard Smith’s journals document his mission to Europe from 1906 to 1909. All of the journals include stories about their missions, addresses of friends and contacts, feelings about their missionary work, and notes from sermons and talks given by Church leaders. The collection also includes facsimiles of the diaries printed on photo paper and digitized images on discs. Dated 1840-1909.

Luther Bradish letters to John and Hannah Warner Bradish

Luther Bradish, 1783-1863 (by Mathew Brady, from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection)

Luther Bradish, 1783-1863 (by Mathew Brady, from Library of Congress Prints and Photographs Division. Brady-Handy Photograph Collection)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Luther Bradish letters to John and Hannah Warner Bradish (MSS 8693). Materials include two letters, written in 1803, from Luther Bradish to his parents, Colonel John Bradish and Hannah Warner Bradish. The letters were written while Luther was a student at William’s College and they contain insights about maturing into a man, details about and experiences at college, and comments and questions about his family’s well-being. Dated January 7, 1803 and June 28, 1803.

Luther Bradish was born in Cummington, Massachusetts, on August 30, 1863, to parents John Bradish and Hannah Warner Bradish. From 1800 to 1804 he studied at Williams College in Massachusetts and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts. After graduating he became a lawyer in New York City. He spent time traveling the world before volunteering to serve in the United States Army during the War of 1812. In 1814 he married Helen Elizabeth Gibbs but in 1816 both Helen and their son died.

In 1820 he was sent by President Monroe and Secretary of State John Quincy Adams to Turkey (then Constantinople) to negotiate a trade treaty with the Ottoman Empire. During this time he traveled extensively doing business throughout the Middle East, including Egypt. In New York Bradish was elected as a member of the New York assembly in 1827 and its speaker in 1838. Throughout his adult life Bradish was an abolitionist and was criticized for his statements about race while a member of the Assembly. In 1839 Bradish was elected Lieutenant Governor of New York (a position he held until 1842). That same year he also married Mary Elizabeth Hart; the two would eventually have one child together. In 1842 President Millard Fillmore appointed Bradish Assistant Treasurer of New York. In 1842-1844 he was the President of the New York Historical Society.

Luther Bradish died on August 30, 1863, in Newport, Rhode Island.

Orange J. Salisbury letter

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907)

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Orange J. Salisbury letter (MSS 4032). The letter is from Salisbury (writing from Salt Lake City) to T. H. Latimer of Bay House, Idaho. The letter talks of milling ore, use of sluice boxes, tight money and putting off payday, possibly hiring Italian miners, and other topics. The letter is five pages in length, and was written on letterhead of Grant, Redman & Christie of Salt Lake City. Salisbury’s obituary is also included.

Orange James Salisbury (1845-1907) was an important western stagecoach/freighting operator, mining developer, banker and hotel owner based in Salt Lake city. Born on July 28, 1845 in Bronx, New York, he married Margaret Blaine Walker (year unknown) and they had at least three children. Salisbury came to Utah in 1868 and founded Gilmer & Salisbury, which became one of the larger western stage operations, covering seven states or territories.  He passed away on June 18, 1907 and is buried in Salt Lake City’s Mount Olivet Cemetery.

Susa Young Gates notebook

Susa Young Gates (1856-1933)

Susa Young Gates (1856-1933)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized item: Susa Young Gates notebook (MSS SC 820). This is a holograph original of the piece “A Grateful Mother’s Standpoint” given to her, as she believed, by inspiration. The story deals with the biblical Rachel and her life in polygamy. She alludes to the then current state of polygamous families and the persecution faced by the Mormon community.

Susa Young Gates, a daughter of Brigham Young, was the author of a dozen books, the founder of many regional and national women’s organizations, editor, poetess, musician, woman suffragette, and the mother of 13 children. She founded and edited the “Young Women’s Journal” and the “Relief Society Magazine.” She organized the music and domestic science departments at Brigham Young University and was a board member for many years. She is best known for her biography of her father, Brigham Young. Gates was a regular contributor to the “Woman’s Exponent” in which this piece appeared in the Christmas issue in 1899 (page 86).

Oliver Boardman Huntington diary

Oliver Boardman Huntington (1823-1907)

Oliver Boardman Huntington (1823-1907)

L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized item: Oliver Boardman Huntington diary, 1899-1905. This diary was written by Huntington between September 1899 and June 1905. Includes descriptions of his “mission” to California from October-November 1899, lists of people visited, and descriptions of sites visited near Sacramento, San Francisco, San Bernadino, and Los Angeles. Also includes meetings attended and people visited in Utah Valley as a member of the Presidency of High Priests in the Utah Stake. Includes an historic account he heard about a Mr. Harlem who received an order from Brigham Young to save the Fancher party from the conflict at Mountain Meadows, and reported Young wept when hearing he was too late. Also includes accounts of meeting with Church leaders, including Patriarch John Smith, Joseph F. Smith and Reed Smoot. Also includes the account of visits with, and the death, of his sister Zina D. H. Young, and a dream by John Binks from 1894 about Joseph F. Smith eventually becoming president of the Church. Includes his ordination to the office of patriarch by Reed Smoot in November 1901, and subsequent training, service, and travels related to the calling. Huntington gave his first blessing to Emma Lucy Gates, who went on to be a renowned vocal performer in opera. Also includes a summary of a discussion he had with Reed Smoot on priesthood. The ending pages include brief notes of talks given and names of people. Dated 1899-1905.

This items is part of the Oliver Boardman Huntington papers (MSS 162), which includes a full run of diaries and histories written by Huntington from 1843-1907.  Also included in the collection are records related to Huntington’s son, Oliver B.

Oliver Boardman Huntington was born on 14 October 1823 in Watertown, New York. Twelve years later, in 1835, his parents, William and Zina (Baker) Huntington, joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The following year the family moved to Kirtland, Ohio, where Oliver was baptized at the age of thirteen. The Huntingtons struggled during the next seven years as they moved from Kirtland, Ohio, to Adam-Ondi-Ahman, Missouri, and then to Nauvoo, Illinois.

Oliver left Nauvoo in 1843 to serve a one-year mission to western New York. By 1845 he returned to New York and had married Mary Melissa Neal. Oliver was the father of an infant daughter when, in 1846, he was called to serve a mission to England. That mission lasted for one year. After his return to New York, Oliver decided to cross the plains to Utah. He arrived at Salt Lake City in August 1848 in the Brigham Young Company.

Oliver returned to New York in 1849. In 1852 he once again emigrated to Salt Lake City, now accompanied by Mary Melissa, their three children, and her parents. The marriage floundered, however, and Oliver and Mary Melissa divorced that same year. He married Hannah Mendenhall Sanders on 25 November 1852.

Oliver and Hannah lived in Springville, Utah with their nine children. He married Elvira Stevens as a plural wife in 1856, but that marriage ended after four years. Oliver served in a variety of Church assignments, which included a mission to explore what is now Moab, Utah.

Oliver frequently taught school to support his family. He also kept bees, which were a significant sugar source in territorial Utah, and served as president of the Utah Bee-Keepers Association. He played an important role in ridding Utah beehives of a disease called foul brood. Oliver passed away on 7 February 1907 in Springville, Utah at the age of eighty-three.


“My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart”: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration – an exhibit

hymns_smallA new exhibit on the Foundations of the Restoration is on display now in L. Tom Perry Special Collections. The title of the exhibit is “‘My Soul Delighteth in the Song of the Heart’: Hymns and Hymnbooks of the Restoration,” and items on display include a copy of the first LDS hymnbook produced by Emma Smith and William W. Phelps in 1835, as well as letters from Phelps to his wife Sally where he mentions his work on the hymnbook and hymns sung at the dedication of the Kirtland Temple. Also included are the January 1836 issue of the Messenger and Advocate where “The Spirit of God” (formerly titled “Hosanna to God and the Lamb” by Phelps) was first published prior to being sung at the Kirtland Temple dedication in March 1836; a manuscript version of the revelation that is now Section 84 of the Doctrine and Covenants, where “The New Song of the Redemption of Zion” is found; a pamphlet of early poems and hymns by Parley P. Pratt; and an 1844 unauthorized LDS hymnbook that was the first to include music.

This exhibit will be on display in the Reading Room in Special Collections from November 7 – December 16. Come see this new exhibit and learn more about the history of early LDS hymns and hymnbooks!

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