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Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Brigham Young Collection
Manuscripts Division
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1846-1968 (mostly 1846-1872)
1 box and 0.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1


Contains selected correspondence of American pioneer and religious leader Brigham Young. Images of this collection are available online at Digital PUL.

Collection Description & Creator Information


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.

Collection Creator Biography:

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.

Collection History


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

AM 19784.

Custodial History

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.


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Folder inventory added by Nicholas Williams '2015 in 2012.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single photocopies may be made for research purposes. No further photoduplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to RBSC Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Credit this material:

Brigham Young Collection; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

Permanent URL:
Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
(609) 258-3184
Storage Note:
Firestone Library (mss): Box 1