Wilford and Emma Woodruff
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Wilford Woodruff letters (MSS 8173). This collection includes letters written between Wilford Woodruff and members of his family. Letters are to his wife Emma S. Woodruff and to his children Clara and Blanch. Also included are letters from Emma Woodruff to Mr. and Mrs. O. C. Beebe as well as letters between Emma Woodruff and her daughter Clara. Letters talk about family activities and contain advice from Wilford Woodruff to his family. One letter is written shortly before Woodruff died in San Francisco. Another is written while Wilford Woodruff was in hiding during the polygamy raids of the 1880s. The letters date from 1877 to 1909. Also included are photocopies of the letters which include handwritten transcriptions of them. A handwritten index of the letters is also included.
Wilford Woodruff was born March 1, 1807. He was raised in Connecticut. Woodruff was a miller by trade. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1833 and served two missions before being ordained an Apostle in 1839. As a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, he completed four additional missions, presided over the temple in St. George, Utah, and served six years as Church Historian. He was sustained as Church President on April 7, 1889. As President of the Church, he dedicated temples in Salt Lake City and Manti, Utah, oversaw the organization of the Genealogical Society, and reemphasized the value of historical record keeping. After much pondering and prayer, he received a revelation that the Latter-day Saints should cease the practice of plural marriage. In 1890, he wrote the Manifesto, testifying that the Church had ceased teaching the practice of plural marriage. Woodruff died in San Francisco on September 2, 1898.
A PhD candidate, Zachary Turpin, made headlines in 2016 and again this year when he announced the discovery of two long-forgotten works by Walt Whitman: a series of newspaper articles entitled “Manly Health and Training” and a short novel, The Life and Adventures of Jack Engle: an Auto-Biography.
Both texts were recently published in the journal The Walt Whitman Quarterly Review as well as in monograph form, and are now available to researchers in the Walt Whitman Collection at BYU:
- Print copies of WWQR are available at call number WHITMAN PS 3229 .W391
- Life and Adventures of Jack Engle at call number WHITMAN PS 3222 .L54 2017
- Manly Health and Training at call number WHITMAN RA 777.8 .W448 2017
Curious Remedies, the library’s current main floor exhibit, highlights the contributions of scientists and physicians of the Renaissance and Early Modern periods. One such individual is Andreas Vesalius (1514-1564), whose monumental book on anatomy, De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body, often shortened to Fabrica) was first published in 1543.
Vesalius was born in Brussels and became a professor of medicine at the University of Padua, and later, the court physician to Emperor Charles V. Vesalius’ study of human anatomy refuted many long-standing assumptions passed down from the Greeks. The Fabrica is renowned both for correcting these errors and for the high-quality woodcut illustrations based on his dissections. The current exhibit features a book issued by the Bremer Press in 1934 using the original woodblocks used to print various editions of the Fabrica in the 16th century (sadly, those blocks were destroyed during the Second World War).
Curious Remedies is only on display for a few more days, through Oct. 16, 2017. But if you miss it, never fear: you can visit Special Collections to request the Vesalius plates or a full facsimile of Fabrica in our reading room!
Brigham Young (1801-1877)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Brigham Young letter to John R. Young (Vault MSS 780). This is a handwritten and signed letter dated March 1, 1857 and addressed to John R. Young in Honolulu, Hawaii. The item was composed in Salt Lake City, Utah. Brigham Young encourages John, his nephew, and his fellow missionaries for the Mormon Church in Hawaii by making comparisons between the “quiet and purity that prevail in Utah” and the “gross darkness” that covers the other people of the Earth. He comments on the missionary work of the Mormon Church in China and shares news of that faith and of the Young family.
John R. Young (1837-1931)
John Ray Young was born on April 30, 1837 in Kirtland, Ohio to Lorenzo Dow Young and Persis Goodall. He was raised in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and emigrated to Utah in 1857. The following year he was called to serve a mission to the Hawaiian Islands. After his return to Utah he married Albina Terry (1836-1913) on January 1, 1859 in Salt Lake City, and they had seven children. he later entered polygamy, marrying Lydia Knight (1844-1905) in 1861 (seven children), Tamar Jane Black (1852-1915) in 1870 (seven children), and Catherine Coles (1858-1879) in 1878 (one child). He worked variously as a teamster, missionary, guide, Postmaster, stock man, and County Assessor. Young died on September 15, 1931 in Provo, Utah.
Wordsworth’s poetry was rarely illustrated during his lifetime, but after his death, publishers began issuing collections of his poems accompanied by illustration. Some of Great Britain’s top painters and designers, like Albert Henry Warren, Miles Birket Foster and John McWhirter, provided illustrations for these deluxe editions. Here is a very brief sampling of illustrated Wordsworth books of the latter half of the 19th century from the Edward M. Rowe Collection.
From “The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth,” Richard Griffin, 1858
From “The Pastoral Poems of William Wordsworth,” Sampson, Low, Son & Marston, 1859
From “The Poems of William Wordsworth,” Routledge, 1859
From “Wordsworth’s Poems for the Young,” Strahan, 1866
From “Ode on Immortality and Lines on Tintern Abbey,” Cassell, 1885
From “The Poetical Works of William Wordsworth,” Frederick Warne, 1890
Paul Ludlow (1876-1959)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Paul Ludlow journals (MSS 8097). The collection contains two journals for the mission of Paul Ludlow in the Northern States Mission in the Midwestern United States during 1901-1902. He served in Michigan, and Illinois, primarily Chicago. Ludlow’s entry on April 15, 1902, includes the description of a visit with David Hyrum Smith, youngest son of Joseph Smith, while he was in the Northern Illinois Hospital and Asylum for the Insane in Elgin, Illinois. The second journal also includes a few entries after his mission when he lived in Spanish Fork and Benjamin, Utah. Dated 1901-1902.
Paul Ludlow was born September 27, 1876 in England to Enoch and Lavinia Ludlow. He married Adlinda Lewis June 28, 1899 in Utah County, Utah. From 1901 to 1902 Paul Ludlow served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Midwestern United States including Detroit, Michigan, Chicago, Illinois and other states in the Midwest. Paul Ludlow died February 15, 1959 and is buried in Spanish Fork, Utah.
About a year ago the Wilson Folklore Archives received a gift of a beautiful coverlet that was about 100 years old. It had an interesting history. Back In the South, I believe Tennessee, a young girl wanted to start a handiwork project. She was about 14. Her father gave her some land to plant cotton on. She planted and cared for the cotton and when the time came she picked the cotton and spun it. Then she wove it. This was quite a bit of work but she was not through at this point. She was making a coverlet for a double bed and a coverlet had embroidery on it. The embroidery is the same color as the coverlet. There is a good deal of feathering stitches. The coverlet was finished when she was 16 and it was used to cover her bed when she was first married. The coverlet is in good shape with some staining and the conservation department at the Lee Library was able to wash it recently even though the staining remains. Over the years the coverlet remained in the family as they moved west. Not long ago an elderly women who possessed the coverlet passed away in Long Beach and left it to a neighbor. Eventually it was donated to Perry Special Collections.
Why did the young girl take the time to embroider the coverlet? It didn’t make it warmer, but it did make it more beautiful. The same principle applies to quilting. The batt between the two pieces of fabric increases warmth, but the quilting pattern or in this quilt the embroidery make the item more beautiful.
George Peacock (1822-1878)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: George Peacock diary (MSS 1228). In this handwritten diary, Peacock writes about his mission for the Mormon Church in Scotland, his work as a judge and postmaster, and his life in Sanpete County, Utah. He also relates many incidents of the Black Hawk War in Utah. There are many gaps in the record.
George Daniel Peacock was born on July 30, 1822 in Hutton, Yorkshire, England to Daniel Peacock and Mary Noddings. The family removed to Canada, where Daniel Peacock died in 1831. Mary then married John Clark, and in 1837, the family removed to the United States, locating in Missouri. The next year they went to Iowa, where George, afterward known as “Judge Peacock,” married Sarah Lowry April 14, 1840. In July of that year George was baptized in the Mormon Church and went to Nauvoo, Illinois, where he volunteered as a guard to the prophet Joseph Smith. In 1846 he left with the Saints and assisted in building the first ferry boat to cross the Missouri River at Council Bluffs. He came to Utah in 1850 and located at Manti.
George Peacock served as Probate Judge and a member of the Territorial Legislature. He was the first postmaster. He served a mission to England and Scotland and was adjutant of the Sanpete military district during the Black Hawk war. He had three wives: Sarah, Mary and Sarah Belle, and left twenty-nine children.
On September 29, 1878, George Daniel Peacock died in Manti, Utah.
Special Collections’ newest major exhibit, Welcome to Our Charity Bazaar, features an interesting subgenre of Victorian literature: poems, stories, and books produced for sale at fundraising fairs throughout the 19th century in Great Britain and the United States. Many famous authors of the period contributed pieces which were printed either as standalone items or anthologized in souvenir keepsake volumes, which were then sold to raise money for a charitable cause. Authors featured in the exhibit include novelists Robert Louis Stevenson and Harriet Martineau and poets Robert and Elizabeth Barrett Browning. Martineau’s novel, Dawn Island (shown here), was written for the benefit of a political organization, the Anti-Corn Law League, and its 1845 bazaar.
Come see this work, along with many other items produced for and about the Victorian charity bazaar! The exhibit will be open through Spring 2018.
Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842)
L. Tom Perry Special Collections is pleased to announce the availability of a new digitized collection: Wilson Price Hunt notes (Vault MSS 534). This collection contains two handwritten items. One is a receipt stating he had been paid $350 by Edwin Rose, dated 1808. The other is a record of an account with M. Jullien Dubuque, dated 1809.
Wilson Price Hunt (1783-1842) was a fur trader, postmaster in St. Louis, Missouri, and agent for John Jacob Astor in charge of Astoria, Oregon. Learn more about Hunt on Wikipedia.