Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler and William Fowler diaries [photocopies and typescripts], 1854-1900  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Fowler, William, 1830-1865
Title
Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler and William Fowler diaries [photocopies and typescripts]
Dates
1854-1900 (inclusive)
Quantity
1 folder, (0.25 linear feet)
Collection Number
Ms0318
Summary
The Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler and William Fowler diaries [photocopies and typescripts] (1854-1900) consist of a total of three diaries. William Fowler's diary was written in 1854 and 1855 and records his mission to Glouchestershire, England, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Mary Susannah Fackrell Fowler's diaries, written in 1899-1900, record her daily life in central Utah. She provides information on home remedies for various illnesses, tells of local attitudes about various subjects, and describes her daily chores and activities.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
SPCreference@lists.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Mary Susannah Fackrell Fowler was born in 1862 and lived in Orderville, Utah, until her marriage to Henry Ammon Fowler in 1880. They moved to Huntington in 1888. She has been described as a "Mormon healer" and "folk poet" by Margaret Brady, who wrote a book on her. Mary Fowler died in 1920. Further biographical information on William Fowler could not be found.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler and William Fowler diaries [photocopies and typescripts] (1854-1900) consist of a total of three diaries. William Fowler's diary was written in 1854 and 1855 and records his mission to Glouchestershire, England, for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The original diary was written in Pittman shorthand, but a typescript is available. In it, Fowler jots down daily details: what he ate for breakfast, how many people he baptized, and how many miles he walked in a day, for example. The connection between William Fowler and Mary Susannah Fackrell Fowler is unknown. Her diaries for the years 1899 and 1900 are useful for the descriptions of daily life in central Utah. Although the exact town where Mary Fowler lived is never made clear, it may have been Helper, as she mentions visiting the nearby towns of Castledale, Centerville, Huntington, Orangeville, Price and Nine Mile Canyon, St. George, Scofield, Sunnyside, and Wellington. The diary provides information on home remedies for various illnesses, ranging from headaches to smallpox. She also discusses attitudes toward health and disease and the community-wide resistance to vaccination and medical treatment. In between illnesses and their cures, her time was spent on household chores: carding and spinning, making clothes, shoes, and rugs, cleaning and cooking, making soap, and baking bread.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Mary Susannah Sumner Fackrell Fowler and William Fowler papers, MS 0318, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0318.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--Missions--England
  • Mormons--Diaries
  • Mormons--Missionary experiences--England
  • Traditional medicine--Utah
  • Women, Mormon -- Diaries
  • Personal Names :
  • Fowler, Mary Susannah Fackrell--Diaries (contributor)
  • Fowler, William, 1830-1865--Diaries
  • Geographical Names :
  • Carbon County (Utah)--Social life and customs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Diaries