Appendix: Utah's Statehood Materials

Manuscripts Division
J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah

Smith Family Papers

John Henry Smith, a general authority in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was involved in the business and political affairs of Salt Lake City and the State of Utah. He served as president of the Utah State Constitutional Convention. His journals and correspondence cover the period from 1890 through 1896. (Ms 36)

Frederick Kesler Papers

Kesler was a mill builder for the LDS Church, an associate of the General Authorities of the church, bishop of the 16th Ward in Salt Lake City (1856­1899), and active in civic affairs. In his journal entries for 4 and 6 January 1896, he wrote descriptive passages regarding the statehood celebrations in Salt Lake City. (Ms 49)

John Taylor Family Papers

John Taylor served as the third president of the LDS Church. His son, John W. Taylor, a general authority in the church, clung tenaciously to the belief of his father that polygamy was a necessary doctrine of the church. While not focusing too much on statehood, the correspondence in the collection is very useful for establishing the mood of many Utahns in the years leading to and following statehood. (Ms 50)

Brigham H. Roberts Papers

Roberts was a member of the LDS Church's First Council of Seventy, a prolific writer and historian for his church, and an active member of Utah's fledgling Democratic Party. He was elected as a delegate from Davis County to the Utah State Constitutional Convention, where he led the fight against women's suffrage. In 1895 he was nominated but not elected from Utah to the U.S. House of Representatives. In 1900 he was elected to the House but members of that body refused to seat him because he was a polygamist. Both his autobiography and journal reflect his thoughts and actions during the 1890­1895 period just prior to statehood. (Ms 106)

William Caine Patrick Papers

The papers of John T. Caine are included in the Patrick collection. Caine, a grandfather of Patrick, was a territorial delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives and a candidate to be Utah's first governor following statehood. Primarily through correspondence to his family, political leaders and friends, and Mormon Church leaders, his activities which helped lead Utah from territorial status to full statehood are well documented. (Ms 148)

Ruth May Fox Papers

In photocopies of typescripts of her diary, 1894­1933, and of her autobiography entitled, "My Story," Ruth May Fox details her activities and those of other women regarding statehood. She fervently hoped to have woman suffrage included in the new Utah constitution and she discussed the role of B. H. Roberts, who opposed this right for women. (Ms 443)

Rudger Clawson Papers

In 1896 Clawson was LDS Church stake president in Box Elder County in northern Utah and later was called in 1898 as an apostle for the church. In his diary with accompanying news clippings, he portrays how statehood was gloriously celebrated in his community of Brigham City. (Ms 481)

Alta Club Records

Founded in 1883 by affluent Gentile members of the mining community, the club originally denied membership to Mormons. Some of these same members, however, helped pave the way for Utah's entry into the Union and later invited Mormons to club membership. Although there is scant textual information in the collection prior to statehood, there is a large photo collection dating from 1886 accompanied by biographical sketches or obituaries of many deceased members. (Ms 388)

Joseph L. Rawlins Papers

Rawlins organized Utah's Democratic Party in 1882 and served as territorial delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives, 1893­1895, later serving as U.S. Senator from Utah, 1897­1903. The Rawlins papers contain copies of speeches given about statehood for Utah as well as pages from his autobiography in which he relates events leading to statehood. (Ms 189)

Archives and Special Collections
Stewart Library
Weber State University

David Eccles Papers

Contain the personal papers of western industrialist David Eccles (1849­1912). The collection includes business and personal correspondence, receipts, news clippings, and oral history transcriptions recorded by friends and business associates interviewed by David Eccles' son Royal Eccles.

Donald R. Moorman Collection

Includes the professional papers of Donald R. Moorman, a Weber State College history professor from 1962 to 1981. Moorman focused his scholarship on 19th Century Utah and Mormons, including Camp Floyd, and this collection outlines his research.

Centennial History Project

This collection was created in order to facilitate the research for Weber State College, A Centennial History compiled by Richard Sadler. The collection ranges from the papers of the Board of Directors of the Weber Stake Academy between 1888 and 1893 to a history of Lewis W. Shurtliff, the first president of the Weber Stake Board of Education.

Eva Browning Manuscript Collection

This collection, given to the Weber State College Library Special Collections by Eva Browning, consists of an autograph album, dated 1893­1894, which belonged to Luman A. Shurtliff while a student at Weber Stake Academy.

Hyrum B. Wheelwright Collection

This collection, donated by Hyrum B. Wheelwright, includes newspaper articles and photographs of the Salt Lake City LDS Temple foundation stones, recision of Missouri Mormon expulsion order of 1838, history of Hyrum B. Wheelwright book collection, description of LDS Church script, including two pieces of script, Mormon Church religious literature, as well as miscellaneous items including a Kiwanis program, bank note endorsed by Jane G. Austin, and biographical sketch of Patriarch Henry Charlton Jacobs.

Ogden Military Academy Collection

This collection was given to the Weber State College Library Special Collections by the Archives and Manuscript Department of the Brigham Young University Library. The collection consists of three leather bound ledger (financial record) books and one hardback grade record book. These books date from 1 Sept. 1890 to 1893. The ledger books are records of financial transactions between the school and other parties or firms. The grade book lists the academic subjects taught and the progress of each student.

WSU Archives and Special Collections Photographs

The Weber State Archives contains a photograph collection of various institutional activities. Included among these are early photographs of campus buildings, students, and prominent individuals from the Weber Stake Academy period between 1888 and 1902. Special Collections also has photographs of Ogden's prominent community members and Ogden buildings dating from the late nineteenth century.

Warranty Deed

This is a deed transferring property owned by Brigham Young to William H. Hooper and Horace S. Eldredge. The property referred to was the Salt Lake County, Utah, territory, which is currently the Ogden area. The deed is dated 23 August 1869.

Thomas D. Dee / Joseph Stanford Collection

This is a collection of papers that refer to a monetary dispute between Thomas D. Dee and Joseph Stanford regarding a debt of $500. Included in this collection are receipts, correspondence, and bishop's court recording. The dispute took place between 1873 to 1889.

Historical Department
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Wilford Woodruff Letter

6 Jan 1896 to Asahel H. Woodruff, photograph of holograph. Wilford Woodruff was with the first company that entered Salt Lake Valley in 1847 and had been a part of every attempt to make Utah a state. In 1896 he was the president of the LDS Church. This letter, written to his son, tells about the celebration in Salt Lake City on the day Utah was admitted to the Union.

View of the Tabernacle

View of the tabernacle interior decorated with flags celebrating Utah statehood. The interior has a large flag on the ceiling with smaller flags along the balcony and flags draping the rostrum.

Utah Constitutional Convention, 1895.

Group portrait of the members of the convention on the steps of the Salt Lake City and County Building.<

Florence Ridges Dean Journal, 1893­1896.

Ridges comments on her activities in Mill Creek and Salt Lake City, Utah. On 5 January 1896 she relates the blowing of the whistles and bells to celebrate statehood.

John Johnson Diaries, 1895­1925.

Account of his activities as bishop of the Lakeview Ward. On statehood day he was in Provo where he comments on the excitement of the day. The following day he attends a meeting at a schoolhouse in Lakeview. He lists the program which includes the speakers.

John Wayman diaries, 1850­1896.

Wayman was living in Centerville on statehood day. He heard the noise from Salt Lake City celebrating the day. On 6 January he attended the celebration in the Tabernacle and comments on the program.

Charles William Penrose Journal, Dec. 1895­Jan. 1897

At the time of statehood Penrose was the assistant church historian. He wrote the prayer which was given by George Q. Cannon for President Wilford Woodruff at the Tabernacle on 6 January 1896.

Utah State Archives and Records Service
Department of Administrative Services

Territorial Minute Books (Third District Court), 1858­1896.

The minute books document the daily proceedings of the third district court during the territorial period, including information concerning conflicts with the federally appointed court and the local populace. (Series 1649)<

Governor Heber Wells Correspondence, 1895­1905.

Governor Heber M. Wells, a member of the Republican Party, was elected as the first governor of the state of Utah during November 1895. He had served as a member of the 1895 Constitutional Convention in anticipation of Utah's admission to the Union. (Series 235)

Statehood Constitutional Convention Records, 1895.

This collection contains the proceedings, files, committee reports, and revisions and publications. (Series 3212)

Secretary of State Executive Proceedings Record Books, 1850­1949.

This series records the official acts of the governor. Official documents from the governor's office were transcribed into the record books. (Series 242)

Special Collections & University Archives
Merrill Library
Utah State University


Helen Mar Whitney Family Papers

Prominent Mormon pioneer and Salt Lake City resident. The collection covers the exodus from Nauvoo through statehood. Letters, diaries, and documents tell the story of this important Salt Lake City family. Of interest are Helen's diaries, 1883­1896, that chronicle many of the important events leading to statehood. (Ms 179)

Thatcher Family Collections

The Thatcher family settled in Cache Valley, Utah, in the 1860s. The family became stalwarts of Logan society, both in business and in LDS Church affairs. Moses and G. W. Thatcher's papers concern both political and religious issues on the local and state level. (Mss 3, 22, 47)<

Sidney Stevens Implement Company

Records of the Logan branch of this Ogden-based agricultural implement company. The Logan branch was established in 1890 and continued in business into the 1920s. Documents the sale of agricultural equipment and farm furnishings. Also documents credit and debt information on Cache Valley farmers during the period. (Ms 7)<

Herschel Bullen, Sr., Papers

A Richmond, Utah, farmer and businessman whose papers document the period from 1870 through the early years of the 20th century. In the 1890s he was a prominent Utah Republican and became a member of the Utah State Land Commission. The collection contains numerous business records, documents, and correspondence from the statehood period. (Ms 182)

Betsey Jane Tenney Loose Papers

Loose, a member of the LDS Church in Quincy, Illinois, in the early 1840s, emigrated to Utah in 1861 with her three sons. She entered into a polygamous marriage and moved to the Muddy Mission of Nevada. The collection contains correspondence, documents, and one diary from the period. (Ms 177)<

Charles G. Wood Papers

Charles Wood grew up in Trenton, Utah. He graduated from the Salt Lake Academy in the late 1880s and then attended Amherst College in Massachusetts. Wood corresponded regularly with his friends and family while in Salt Lake and later while at Amherst. Out of this correspondence comes a rich social history of a non-Mormon farm family in northern Utah and of Salt Lake City during the late 1880s and early 1890s. The papers include an excellent description of Liberal Party activities in Salt Lake City during the early 1890s appear in the letters. (Ms 191)

Archives of the Utah State Agricultural College

Established in 1888 the UAC began to teach scientific agricultural practices to the farmers of Utah. During the 1890s the school published agricultural bulletins, held farmer encampment trains, and helped design Utah's 1896 World's Fair exposition. Records of the above are housed in the University archival collection.<


George Ellsworth Collection

Extensive coverage of Salt Lake City and Utah in the 1890s; events, many street scenes.

Charles E. Johnson Photographs

Two albums of original prints; many cover the semi-centennial celebration of the Mormon migration (1897).<

Moses Thatcher Collection

Album of photos in the 1890s, including shots of the Thatcher family at their camp in Logan Canyon.

Agricultural College of Utah Cyanotype Collection

Hundreds of photos document downtown Logan and every aspect of work and life at the ACU, 1890s to ca. 1914.

"Reference" Photograph Collection

These photographs contain some 9,000 images, many of which were taken in the 1890s, and document every aspect of life in Cache Valley, Utah, and Idaho, particularly agriculture and irrigation.

Compton Studio Collection

Contains all negatives taken by the Brigham City studio from the 1890s to the present; many document life in Brigham City and agriculture in Box Elder County in the 1890s.

Special Collections and Manuscripts Department
Harold B. Lee Library

Brigham Young University

J. Reuben Clark, Sr.

The father of Mormon Church leader J. Reuben Clark, Jr., writes on territorial events, including what statehood meant and how it was celebrated. As a prominent rancher and civic leader, he captures in his papers the rural reactions to life in territorial Utah. (Ms 303)

David John

A long-time chronicler of local and territorial history in his voluminous diary, Utah County resident David John relates his feelings on the important events of late 1895 and early 1896. His five volumes span over half a century. (Ms 21)

James E. Talmage

James Talmage, a dedicated daily diarist, reflects on the events of 1896 and what it meant for Utah. Talmage was always an astute and interested observer of life in Utah from the 1870s until his death 60 years later. (Ms 229)

Emmeline B. Wells

Wells's life-long journal records events, issues, and personalities that affected the social, political, cultural, and ecclesiastical life in Utah. (Ms 1407)

Division of State History
Department of Community and Economic Development

The Utah State Historical Society collects and makes available to the public historic Utah artifacts, documentation, and preservation of historic buildings, and maintains a specialized research library including manuscript collections, rare books, extensive photographs, and reference material.

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