John Taylor family papers, 1844-1994  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Taylor, Samuel Woolley, 1907-
Title
John Taylor family papers
Dates
1844-1994 (inclusive)
Quantity
40.75 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0050
Summary
The John Taylor family papers (1844-1994) are a collection of material reflecting the life and work of John Taylor, third president of the LDS Church, and his descendants, John W. Taylor, Raymond Woolley Taylor, and Samuel Taylor. Included are correspondence, letters, biographies, research, writings, diaries, and other papers.
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
special@library.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


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JOHN TAYLOR

John Taylor, third president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, was born in Milnthorpe, Westmoreland county, England, on 1 November 1808. The son of James and Agnes Taylor, he was raised according to the principles of the Church of England until he reached the age of fifteen, at which time Taylor joined the Methodist church. He was appointed as a preacher in the church and remained as such until 1829 when he left England to join his family in Toronto, Canada. In 1833 he married Leonora Cannon. While in Toronto, Taylor joined a Methodist society consisting of men interested in the research of the scriptures. During this time Taylor was visited by Parley P. Pratt and was introduced to the teachings of the Mormon church. In 1836, along with several friends, he was baptized into the Mormon faith.

Taylor served as presiding elder in upper Canada until 1838, when he moved to Far West, Missouri, at the request of Joseph Smith. In 1838 Taylor, along with John E. Page, Wilford Woodruff and Willard Richards, was called to the a postleship "to fill the places of those who had fallen." While in Missouri, Taylor shared in the persecutions that were beginning to be directed against the Mormons. It was during this time that Taylor earned the title of "the Champion of Right," a name that remained with him throughout his life.

In 1839 Taylor and Wilford Woodruff left for a mission to Great Britain where they preached not only in England, but in Ireland, Scotland, and on the Isle of Man. While in England, Taylor published several pamphlets and tracts in which he proclaimed the doctrines of the Mormon faith and attempted to refute the challenges of other religious leaders. Taylor returned to Nauvoo, Illinois, in 1841, where he became active in church duties, publishing the Nauvoo Neighbor and serving as a city councilman and judge advocate of the Nauvoo Legion. It was also during the early 1840s that Taylor entered into the practice of polygamy.

In 1844 Taylor was present in the Carthage jail with Joseph and Hyrum Smith and Willard Richards, when the jail was entered by an armed mob. Both Joseph and Hyrum were killed in the shooting, and Taylor was severely wounded. Following the death of Joseph Smith, Taylor remained active in church affairs, helping in the completion of the Nauvoo Temple and assisting in the move from Nauvoo to Winter Quarters in 1846. From there he left on a second mission to England where he remained until the following spring. He arrived in the Salt Lake Valley in 1847 with a company of British converts and remained for two years, helping in the building of Salt Lake City. In 1849 he left for a mission to France, where, in addition to preaching Mormon doctrine; he also published pamphlets and magazines, supervised the translation of the Book of Mormon into French and German, and helped to organize several branches of the church in France.

While in France, Taylor made the acquaintance of Philip DeLa Mare, a French convert. Together they attempted to bring to Utah the knowledge and machinery of the sugar beet industry of France and establish such an industry in the Salt Lake Valley. The sugar-making processes in Utah, however, proved to be a failure.

In 1854 Taylor presided over the church in the eastern United States, where he published The Mormon, a newspaper designed to answer the attacks of an anti-Mormon press. In 1857 the Utah War and the threat of invasion by Johnston's Army necessitated the return of Taylor to the Salt Lake Valley where he was active in both church and civil government. He helped to organize and regulate church affairs and served in such capacities as a member of the Utah legislature, speaker of the House, and as a probate judge in Utah county.

At the time of Brigham Young's death in 1877, Taylor was president of the Twelve Apostles and in October 1880, was sustained as president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. As church president, Taylor is most remembered for his stand in defense of polygamy and against federal laws designed to outlaw and eliminate the practice of plural marriage in Utah. With the passage of the Edmunds Act of 1882 and the Edmunds-Tucker Act in 1887, Taylor, to avoid persecution, lived alone at his home, the Gardo House, while his wives kept separate residences, and finally was forced to go into hiding. His last public appearance was in 1884 and all church business from then on was conducted through correspondence and private meetings with trusted church officials. John Taylor died in exile on 25 July 1887.

JOHN W. TAYLOR

John W. Taylor, a member of the Council of the Twelve Apostles, was the son of church President John Taylor and Sophia Whittaker Taylor. He was born 13 May 1858 in Provo, Utah, his parents having fled from Salt Lake City in anticipation of an invasion from Johnston's Army. The family returned to Salt Lake City, where John W. was raised until he reached the age of twenty-five, when he married and moved with his wife to Idaho. While in Utah, he worked at farming and at his father's saw mill and at the same time was highly active in church affairs. While still in his teens, he had completed a mission to the Southern States, been ordained a deacon, then an elder, and subsequently was chosen counselor to Edward W. Davis, of the Elders Quorum. He also taught Sunday School and had an unusually good rapport with the children whom he instructed.

In his early twenties John W. was employed as a penman for the Deseret News and was considered to be among the best in the country. In 1880 in the company of his boyhood companion, Matthias F. Cowley, he served a mission to the Southern States. After returning to Utah John W. was chosen to fill a vacancy in the quorum of the Twelve Apostles. In the ensuing years he served his church in a number of capacities, traveling to Mexico, Canada, and Colorado to establish missions and branch churches.

One of the overriding principles in John W. Taylor's life was his belief in the practice of plural marriage. Having been raised in a polygamous household and under the strong influence of his father, who was adamant in his belief in plural marriage, John W. took a total of six wives during his lifetime, his third wife, Nettie, being the mother of Samuel and Raymond Taylor. These wives were married following the 1890 Manifesto and consequently were in violation of not only civil but church law. For his wives, life was made difficult not only by the strain of a plural marriage, but by having to live underground, as their marriages, by necessity, had to be kept secret from both the government and church authorities. In addition, John W., while possessing both charm and enthusiasm, lacked sound business sense and his wives generally had to support themselves and their children.

In 1911 John W. Taylor and Matthias F. Cowley were tried before a meeting of the Council of the Twelve, Taylor being excommunicated and Cowley being deprive of his priesthood. John W. Taylor died in 1916, but in the mid-1960s his two sons, Samuel and Raymond Taylor, with the support of other family members, succeeded in having their father posthumously reinstated in the church.

RAYMOND WOOLLEY TAYLOR

Raymond Woolley Taylor, developer, author, and entrepreneur, was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 18 April 1904. The son of John W. and Janet Woolley Taylor, and the grandson of John Taylor, Raymond grew up in a polygamist home during a time when plural marriages were considered to be outlawed by both church and civil authorities. Though his father was a somewhat remote personage during his childhood and died while Raymond was still young, the influence of his father and his unique home situation colored his interests and many of his ambitions later in his life.

Raymond Taylor was married to Annie Randall from 192 3 until her death in 1969. In 1970 he married Ruth Fors, with whom he had worked while researching the John Taylor biography.

During his lifetime Taylor worked in a number of jobs and occupations, but always was a promoter. Even while engaged in his own business matters, he was also active in helping his brother, Samuel, to promote his writings. During the 1930s and 1940s Raymond was a clothing merchant in Spanish Fork, Utah. In the 1950s he entered the real estate business in Provo and became involved in uranium prospecting in southern Utah. During the same time he established the Consumer's Water Agency, organized to promote the sale of land in southern Utah. Taylor was also involved in local politics during the 1950s, serving at one time as the county chairman of the Republican Party. He was a county jailer during the 1960s, ran for county sheriff and lost, and at the time of his death was a Utah County peace officer.

Raymond Taylor had always had an interest in history, and particularly the history of Utah and the Mormons. Though he was a writer and wrote many articles and speeches, his primary talent lay in research. Ray did the major portion of the research and wrote rough drafts for the two books on which he and Samuel worked together. Raymond not only did most of the research for Uranium Fever and The Kingdom or Nothing, but also made a substantial contribution in researching material for the biography of their parents, Family Kingdom. In addition Raymond arranged the promotion and publicity not only for these books, but for many of Sam's other works as well.

Raymond had an almost insatiable desire for writing and research and spent the latter years of his life gathering material not only for the John Taylor biography, but on all aspects of Mormon history. This research produced such articles as "The Lesser Known Wives of John Taylor," and "The Legend of the Friends to the Martyr," the story of the secret "Black Sticks" organization, and others. Taylor belonged to such historical and literary associations as the Utah State Historical Society, the Utah Westerners, and the Utah League of Writers. Raymond died on 10 December 1972 of cancer.

SAMUEL WOOLLEY TAYLOR

Samuel Woolley Taylor was born on 9 February 1907 in Provo, Utah. The author of numerous books, articles, and screenplays, he began writing while attending Brigham Young University in Provo and has continued to write ever since. In 1934 he married Elizabeth Gay Dimick of Redwood City, California.

During World War II Taylor served in the United States Air Force (1942-1945) where he was able to continue his writing career. As a member of the Public Relations Office in Europe, he served as chief of the magazine section and wrote periodical material for both American and European publications. In addition he did the writing for General Arnold's annual Air Force Reports to the Secretary of War from the European Theater of Operations.

As a professional writer Taylor authored many magazine articles in addition to published books and screenplays. His stories range from westerns and mysteries to biographical and historical writings. Many of his articles have appeared in nationally known magazines, such as Colliers, Saturday Evening Post, Esquire, Argosv, and Holiday. Many of his stories have been selected for anthologies or adapted to radio, television, or motion picture use. Among these are "The Man with My Face," and "The Absent Minded Professor" produced by Walt Disney.

Several of Taylor's stories were subsequently published as books. Perhaps foremost of these is "I Have Six Wives," which later became the basis for Family Kingdom, the story of the polygamous marriage of his parents, and his father's five other wives. Another such story was a serial, "The Mysterious Way," which later became Heaven Knows Why.

Sam Taylor's collaborative efforts with his brother, Raymond, began with the research and writing for Uranium Fever, which grew in part from the screenplay called "Uranium Story," by Sam Taylor. During the 1970s they began work on another book, a biography of John Taylor, The Kingdom or Nothing. Raymond died before the book was completed. Though the writing was based on Raymond's research, the biography was subsequently published under Sam's name.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Taylor family papers (1844-1994) are a collection of material reflecting the life and work of John Taylor, third president of the LDS Church, and his descendants, John W. Taylor, Raymond Woolley Taylor, and Samuel Taylor. Included are letters, biographies, research materials, genealogies, articles written by other authors, diaries, journals, and books. Correspondence comprises a major portion of the collection and has been organized within the papers of each individual. Consequently, correspondence will be found throughout the collection. Exceptions to this are letters pertaining to specific subjects, such as Ray's correspondence with publishers and promoters for Uranium Fever and correspondence relating to the posthumous reinstatement of John W. Taylor. All correspondence between Samuel and Raymond Taylor has been consolidated into section six, regardless of subject matter and has been arranged chronologically.

Section one contains the material on John Taylor and The Kingdom or Nothing. The majority of this section includes correspondence during the period of Taylor's presidency in the 1880s, copied by Raymond Taylor from now-restricted files at the Historical Department of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The letters, in some cases only extracts from the originals, deal with a variety of subjects including official church business, financial matters, divorce among church members, polygamy, letters from individuals outside of Utah requesting information on Mormonism, and personal letters from church members requesting favors, special consideration, and financial aid. There are also letters from John Taylor to his wives and church leaders. Most of the correspondence has been bound into nine letterbooks. The letters have not been arranged chronologically and so the letterbooks lack any concrete organization. Interspersed with the correspondence are articles, speeches, revelations, and other research materials as well as correspondence between Samuel and Raymond Taylor. This latter correspondence has been ignored in Sam's and Ray's consolidated correspondence, Boxes 57-62. Other materials contained in section one include biographical information on Taylor, copies of his revelations, research pertaining to several of his wives, and collected notes dealing with various aspects of the Mormon church during the 1880s, including information on Winter Quarters and the sugar beet industry. The John Taylor materials end with several manuscript versions of The Kingdom or Nothing. Included are numerous revisions and rewrites as well as the final copy-edited manuscript presented to the publishers.

The second section contains the materials collected by Jane Woolley Taylor, wife of John W. Taylor, and includes material on John W. Taylor as well as personal materials of her own. Material pertaining to John W. include correspondence to church and business associates and family members biographical materials, information on business ventures, speeches, and a copy of the minutes of the meeting of the Council of Twelve Apostles in 1911 at which John W. Taylor and Matthias Cowley were disfellowshipped for practicing polygamy. Also included are materials pertaining to the efforts of Sam and Ray Taylor to have their father reinstated into the church. Janet Woolley Taylor's materials are of a more personal nature and include correspondence with family and friends, journals of her various trips and of the underground, childhood papers and momentos, writings, invitations and announcements, and financial papers. Of special interest is a bound volume of a series of interviews between Janet Woolley Taylor and Samuel Taylor. Also included are genealogies, biographies and family histories of the extended family including material on the Carruth, Cahoon, and Woolley family members.

Section three contains Samuel Taylor's papers. These include correspondence and interviews with family members and acquaintances of John W. Taylor, which provide additional biographical data on his life. Also included in Sam Taylor's papers in addition to the John W. Taylor material is personal correspondence, several of his writings and magazine articles, and other miscellaneous--research items, including a thesis on Mormonism entitled "Development of Attitudes in Sectarian Conflict: A Study of Mormonism in Illinois in Contemporary Newspaper Sources," by Cecil A. Snider. Two of Samuel's major works are contained in this section of the collection: Family Kingdom and Nightfall at Nauvoo. The former book was researched and written from the 1930s to 1950, and is the story of Jane Woolley Taylor and her polygamous marriage to John W. Taylor. Sam did not intend for the book to be a history of Mormonism and polygamy, but the story of one particular family group. Nightfall at Nauvoo was written many years later during the 1960s and provides a history of the Mormons in Nauvoo, Illinois, prior to beginning their migration to the Salt Lake Valley. This section contains correspondence, notes, rewrites, and final versions of each of the books.

Section four contains the research and writing done by Raymond and Samuel on Uranium Fever. This book represents the first collaborative effort of Sam and Ray Taylor in the writing of a major work. The story of Ray's involvement in mining follows the story of the uranium boom in the four corners area of Utah during the 1950s and 1960s. This portion of the collection contains research information pertaining to uranium mining in general, and more specifically to such people as Stella Dysart, Vernon Pick, Charles Steen, and other individuals involved in the uranium mining business. This section contains research materials, manuscripts, revisions, and some correspondence.

Section five contains Raymond W. Taylor's papers, including a wide variety of materials ranging from personal and business matters to his collection of research materials, histories, and journals pertaining to Mormonism and the Mormon church. His personal letters include correspondence with Utah politicians and statesmen during the 1950s, and general correspondence in conjunction with his search for information and materials pertaining to the history of Mormonism. The research materials collected by Ray Taylor comprise the bulk of this portion of the collection. Miscellaneous research materials pertaining to Mormon individuals and topics include information on Ezra Taft Benson, J. Reuben Clark, fundamentalism within the Mormon Church, the Mormon doctrine forbidding blacks from holding the priesthood, the excommunication of LaMar Peterson, Brigham Young's will and estate, Joseph Smith, William Smith, and the sugar beet industry, among others. Raymond had also acquired a collection of diaries, journals, and histories of individuals connected in some respect with the Mormon church. Included is information on such persons as Abraham H. Cannon, Matthias Cowley, Philip DeLaMare, Levi W. Hancock, Mosiah Lyman Hancock, Joseph Lee Robinson, Eliza R. Snow, Preston Thomas, John Woodhouse, and others. Also included are the L. John Nuttal diaries from 1876 to 1889 and some Nuttal correspondence as well as a volume of the Genealogy of the Dilworth Families in America.

Section six contains the consolidated correspondence of Sam and Raymond Taylor, and in several respects is a valuable part of the collection. The correspondence is arranged chronologically and covers the years from 1936 to Ray's death in 1972. Sam and Ray corresponded on a variety of subjects including personal and business matters, the writing and publication of several of Sam's works, and the research being done by Ray. Perhaps the most interesting aspect of their correspondence is their discussions of Mormonism. Both men offer original and thoughtful insight into their religion and their letters reflect opinions and concerns on a wide variety of church-related topics.

Two oversize items were transferred to the Manuscripts Division map case: the "Projected Development Study of the Church Wells School," compiled by Dee R. Taylor, architect; and "Chart of the Genealogy of the Dilworth Families of America."

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Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: John Taylor family papers, MS 0050, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0050.

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I:  John TaylorReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: John Taylor Letters
Box Folder
1A 1
Far West, Missouri
Letters of grievance to Maj. Gen. John B. Clark, commander of military forces in Missouri, and to the editor of Argus, a Quincy, Illinois, newspaper, reporting misrepresentation of people claiming to be connected with the Mormon church.
1838 November 4-1839 May 1
1A 2-3
First Mission to England
A compiled history, journal entries, correspondence, and other abstracted information from John Taylor's first mission to England, including letters to Brigham Young concerning the publication of the Book of Mormon in the British Isles.
1838 November 4-1841 March 23
1A 4
Nauvoo and Carthage, Illinois
Agreements concerning the acquisition of land for a printing office in Nauvoo; a letter to Taylor's first wife, Lenora, written two days before Joseph Smith's death, about conditions at the Carthage jail; and later correspondence concerning pre-emigration developments in Nauvoo.
1844 January 23-1846 May 27
1A 5
Organization of the Mormon Battalion
Journal entries and correspondence detailing the enlistment and organization of male volunteers to march to California under the command of Col. James Allen of the United States Army.
1846 June 30-July 11
1A 6
Exodus from Nauvoo
Letter sent from Council Bluffs, (Iowa) Indian territory, by John Taylor to his son, Joseph James Taylor, concerning the planned migration from Nauvoo, Illinois.
1846 July 9
1A 7
Second Mission to England
Letters to Brigham Young and other church leaders from John Taylor and Orson Hyde upon their arrival in England as proselytizing missionaries.
1846 October 3-22
1A 8
Migration to Utah
Correspondence and journal entries concerning the covered wagon trek to Utah, as well as records of marriages performed on the plains.
1847 June 17-1848 May 22
1A 9-10
Mission to France
John Taylor's official declaration of allegiance to become a United States citizen, which he took before going to France; his mission call; and correspondence concerning missionary work in France, translation of the Book of Mormon into French and German, and efforts to bring to Utah French machinery and knowledge to process sugar beets and wool.
1849 September 5-1852 November 10
1A 11
New York City
Correspondence with Brigham Young concerning the prospect of Utah statehood; employment in the eastern United States for European immigrants; methods of improving the economy; the abolitionist movement and indications of civil war; and the Mormon and St. Louis Luminary, two newspapers published bv John Taylor to counter attacks by the eastern popular press.
1855 April 30-July 15
1A 12
Establishment of Handcart Migration
Correspondence with Brigham Young about organizing handcart companies to migrate to Utah; national political parties and the possibility of statehood for Utah; and construction of the Salt Lake Temple.
1855 September 28-1857 September 13
1A 13
The Utah War
Correspondence with Brigham Young and members of the Utah army concerning relations with the Indians and preparations to confront United States troops; and a Tabernacle speech in which John Taylor challenged the appointment of Alfred Cummings as governor of the territory of Utah.
1857 November 15-1858 April 25
1A 14
Religious and Political Statements
An undated letter requested by Brigham Young in which John Taylor explained his views regarding the church presidency and priesthood; a statement written by John Taylor declaring the church's neutrality in the United States Civil War; and correspondence and journal entries concerning territorial government, the possibility of statehood for Utah, and priesthood ordination protocol.
1856 October 18-1861 November 19
1A 15
Church Business--Apostle
Correspondence, journal entries, and poetry about church business, including industrial and economic ventures undertaken by Mormon leaders; plans to send settlers to Arizona; and obtaining textbooks for territorial schools.
1861 October 7-1876 December 23
1A 16
Church Business--Apostle
Correspondence and journal entries about the Logan Temple Fund collection, temple ordinance procedure for bishops, missionary work among the Indians, and a contract with Union Pacific Railroad.
1877 August 30-1878 January 23
1A 17
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Meeting minutes reviewing accounts held by the late Brigham Young as the church's trustee-intrust; correspondence discussing attempts to obtain a copy of the manuscript of Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible from Joseph Smith III, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and an indenture turning real estate over to John Taylor, who replaced Young as trustee.
1878 January 4-June 4
1A 18
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Meeting minutes about a preliminary questionnaire to gather information for a proposed history of Hancock County, Illinois; correspondence concerning United Order colonies and prospective settlements in Mexico; and a letter from George D. Watt, the first Mormon convert in England, explaining his faith and beliefs following his excommunication.
1878 July 23-December 11
1A 19
George Darling Watt
A statement of faith to John Taylor from George D. Watt, the first Mormon convert in England, and a copy of his published biography by Ida Watt Stringham and Dora Dutson Flack.
1878 December 5-1879 January 29
1A 20
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Inquiries from businessmen and prospective settlers about Utah; and a lengthy letter by Wilford Woodruff from his mission among Indians in Arizona.
1879 February 12-1886 October 19
1A 21
Daniel Tyler
Correspondence with Daniel Tyler, former member of the Mormon Battalion living in Beaver, who was writing a narrative history of the battalion and sought advice from John Taylor concerning the inclusion of certain events, such as the circumstances involving the death of Col. James Allen.
1878 March 7-1886 March 12
1A 22-23
Assumption of Church Presidency
Correspondence with non-Mormons and church members about various church doctrines and policies, including polygamy and the Adam-God theory; and an address to the Wyoming territorial legislature upon its visit to Utah during the church's fiftieth anniversary jubilee.
1879 March 23-1883 July 13
1A 24
Church Business--President
Correspondence concerning the "Word of Wisdom," the Mormon health and food standard; and mission calls and reports from Mormons in the military and on foreign missions.
1878 December 7-1881 October 16
1A 25-26
Church Business--President
Correspondence concerning a proposed Mormon ciphering code, divine revelations, new settlement possibilities in Illinois and New Mexico, and anti-Mormonism in the Idaho territorial government.
1878 August 22-1887 May 25
1A 27
Church Business--President
Correspondence concerning the work of local clairvoyants and a smallpox outbreak in Panguitch; a letter from an Ogden member inquiring about church doctrine of the return of Jesus Christ; and an invitation for John Taylor to an exhibition of an incandescent lamp.
1883 January 12-December 23
1A 28
Church Business--President
Correspondence concerning money and water right disputes and resulting neighborhood conflicts; business correspondence regarding construction of roads in southern Utah, the selling of stock of the Great Western Match Co., the creation of a weekly German newspaper, and increased use of the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad for missionary travel; and a report by the travel editor of the Daily News of London about his visit with John Taylor at the Gardo House.
1883 December 26-1884 June 28
1A 29
Church Business--President
A letter from M. G. Frejo asking for remuneration for his Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon; letters from Illinois resident Adam Stewart, who claimed to have received divine revelations and sought support from the Mormons as well as members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; and a letter from John Taylor to Arizona stake presidents asking them to inquire about areas of refuge in Mexico for those accused of unlawful cohabitation and to form a fund to aid in their legal defense.
1880 September 23-1884 December 16
1B 1
Albert K. Thurber
Correspondence from Albert K. Thurber, president of the Sevier Stake, concerning settlers' relationship with Indians, mission calls and priesthood assignments, and the construction of a wagon road through the Henry Mountains; and a sketch of Thurber's life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1878 August 15-1887 May 23
1B 2
Isaac E. D. Zundell
Correspondence from Isaac E. D. Zundell, organizer and bishop of the first all-Indian ward, about missionary work at the Bear River Indian farm at Washakie, Box Elder County, where he presided; his letter requesting supplies from the church, inquiring about temple ordinances for Indians, and reporting a costly fire at the farm, as well as harassment from federal officials; and a sketch of Zundell's life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1878 February 2-1887 June 6
1B 3
David K. Udall
Correspondence from David K. Udall, leader of the colony at St. Johns, Arizona, explaining social and political persecution from Arizona "gentiles," the morale of the settlers, and development of the community; a letter he wrote after spending five months in prison on polygamy charges and then receiving a presidential pardon; and a sketch of Udall's life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1880 June 17-1885 April 25
1B 4
David M. Williams
A "memorial for the poor," in which Williams warns John Taylor of the wickedness of the rich in the church; a follow-up letter again asking for a reply; an appeal for "full fellowship" in the church after he reported being "pushed out" by local church leaders; and a letter from him reporting his reinstatement in the church, claiming divine guidance, and asking the first presidency to let him fulfill his "mission."
1881 October-1885 December 20
1B 5
Thomas E. Taylor
Correspondence with Thomas E. Taylor, son of John Taylor and president of the Deseret News Company, concerning business transactions and the dealing of company stock; operation of the printing office and paper mill; and publication of the Deseret News, the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon, other religious literature, and a hymnal.
1885 March 9-1887 May 14
1B 6
Indictment and Exile
A letter from John Taylor to Arizona stake presidents asking them to inquire about areas of refuge in Mexico for those accused of unlawful cohabitation and to form a fund to aid in their legal defense; notification of John Taylor's indictment on charges of unlawful cohabitation; and a document detailing the transfer and protection of personal property of those in exile.
1884 December 16-1887 February 28
1B 7
Richard J. Taylor
Letters written to John Taylor while in exile, by his son, Richard J. Taylor, concerning family, business, and church affairs.
1885 June 25-1886 June 30
1B 8
Church Business--President
A penitent letter from Parley P. Pratt, Jr., after he was rebuked by the first presidency for a domestic dispute; correspondence with W. Wellock, a California non-Mormon who offered his manuscript in support of Mormonism and plural marriage for publication by the church; a business solicitation from the New York Life Insurance Company; and correspondence concerning the proposal for an exclusively Mormon commerce newsletter.
1880 January 31-1885 June 12
1B 9
Church Business--President
An offer to sell the site of Adam-Ondi-Ahman in Missouri for $6,000; correspondence with a Hawaii real estate agent proposing colonization there; and letters from missionaries among the Indians in Wyoming reporting persecution from non-Mormon settlers.
1884 February 11-1886 September 1
1B 10
Joseph E. Taylor
Correspondence with Joseph E. Taylor, first counselor of the Salt Lake Stake, concerning the administration of Brigham Young College in Logan and training prospective Utah teachers with a strong religious background; inquiries about whether to proceed with conferences while church leaders were in hiding; reports concerning the nomination and support of church members for civil office; and "The Schoolmaster and his Pupils," an article by Joseph E. Taylor published in the Improvement Era just after his death.
1885 June 10-1886 April 8
1B 11
Church Business--President-in-Exile
The request of a church member to be sealed to John Taylor; G. W. Thatcher's suggestion to have Karl Maeser replace him as president of Brigham Young College in Logan; and church business correspondence discussing the sale of the Ogden Tithing Yard to David Eccles, and the purchase of Iron Company railroad stock.
1884 October 17-1887 May 9
1B 12
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence about the east coast publication of articles about Mormonism; the assumption of Herald Company stock by the Deseret News Company to cover a bad debt; the status of the Perpetual Emigration Fund; and letters discussing federal persecution, defense efforts, attorney fees, and anti-Mormon actions by Utah Gov. Eli H. Murray.
1886 February 12-March 2
1B 13
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter urging church members in Hawaii to treat native islanders kindly; a letter from George Reynolds describing prison life in Lincoln, Nebraska; and an announcement to stake presidents about Hubert H. Bancroft's book History of the Pacific States.
1886 March 2-8
1B 14
Church Business, President-in-Exile
A letter to John T. Caine, Utah delegate to Congress, requesting efforts to appoint a Mormon as Indian agent for the proposed reservation in San Juan County; correspondence concerning the construction of the Salt Lake Temple; John Taylor's rejection of violence in the struggle with federal authorities; correspondence with Reuben Garten, a non-Mormon academic lecturer who defended the practice of polygamy; and a letter concerning the imprisonment and prosecution of George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency.
1886 March 6-October 21
1B 15
Church Business, President-in-Exile
Correspondence about the political situation in Idaho and threat of the Republican party against Mormon settlers there; letters concerning the financial status of Z.C.M.I. and other Mormon businesses; John Taylor's order that no unauthorized persons practice or perform on the tabernacle organ; and a letter to Daniel H. Wells, president of the English mission, about mission finances and political developments in Utah.
1886 March 17-August 24
1B 16
John W. Taylor
Correspondence with John W. Taylor, apostle and John Taylor's son, concerning family matters; relations with the federal government and non-Mormon factions in Utah; the first presidency's published epistle about polygamy and government harassment; and church and political developments in Idaho, including John W. Taylor's trial for treason.
1885 April 10-1887 January 3
1B 17
Isaac M. Waddell
Correspondence with Isaac M. Waddell concerning financial matters, including the St. George and Manti Temple associations, bail and attorney fees for those on trial for unlawful cohabitation, and church property transactions.
1886 March 22-1887 April 2
1B 18
John R. Winder
Correspondence with John R. Winder, second counselor in the church presiding bishopric, regarding church financial affairs and local elections.
1884 July 3-1886 June 19
1B 19
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A life sketch of John Beck from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson, and various correspondence, including letters from a San Francisco man attempting to sell weapons to the church; a report of the ousting of the Mormon delegation at the 1886 Idaho Democratic Convention; a personal letter from Wilford Woodruff to the first presidency; a directive from John Taylor to record names of charges of indicted and imprisoned Mormons in the church historian's office; and an Ogden letter complaining of youth participation in "wickedness" at Park Lake resort.
1886 May 2-1887 October 15
1B 20
Revelation on Plural Marriage
John Taylor's revelation, recorded by Joseph F. Smith, Jr., reaffirming the "new and everlasting covenant" involving plural marriage, and two short letters discussing financial matters.
1886 January 27
1B 21
Thomas Taylor
Correspondence from Thomas Taylor, bishop of the Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward and former church migration agent, in which he petitions John Taylor (no relation) for reimbursement of expenses incurred while overseeing migration efforts; a report of his excommunication for homosexuality; his letter to John Taylor pleading for mercy; a sketch of his life and the life of George H. Taylor, who replaced him as Fourteenth Ward bishop, from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1878 March 18-1886 October 9
1B 22
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence that includes a letter to A. M. Cannon, president of the Salt Lake Stake, approving George H. Taylor as new bishop of the Fourteenth Ward; and the report of an extended family gathering at the Gardo House to celebrate John Taylor's seventy-eighth birthday.
1886 September 28-November 5
1B 23
Lucinda Lee Dalton
Letters from Lucinda Lee Dalton, a Beaver, Utah, school teacher and widowed mother of six, concerning her anxiety about premarital sexual relations between her sister and late husband, the eternal fate of her children, and her desire not to marry again; and a letter from missionaries serving among the "Lamanites" asking about "the propriety of brethren of the mission marrying into the Navajo nation."
1884 August 24-1887 January 6
1B 24
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning financial aspects of various church affairs, including the construction of the Provo Theatre, the defense of Lorenzo Snow before the United States Supreme Court, and the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon; John Taylor's inquiry to Jack concerning the worthiness of disfellowshipped treasury employee A. M. Musser; and a letter concerning the employment of Andrew J. Jenson to work "properly controlled" in the church historian's office.
1886 November 5-30
1B 25
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A report from the Provo Stake presidency discussing developments in Utah County, including the proposed transfer of Brigham Young Academy property from Young's heirs to the church; a letter from an Indian missionary complaining of mistreatment by his white counterparts; and John Taylor's directive to call more settlers to San Juan County to prevent losing political control to non-Mormons there.
1886 November 30-1887 January 18
1B 26
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter from Hawaiian King Kalakaua's palace thanking Laie Mormons for courtesies shown on the king's jubilee birthday; a directive ordering payment for the church's purchase of land in Mexico; and a letter from Mahonri M. Steele, first counselor in the Panguitch Stake presidency, asking whether to flee federal marshals.
1886 December 1-1887 January 31
1B 27
LeGrand Young
Correspondence with LeGrand Young, church attorney, concerning the transfer of church property, including the Salt Lake Theater and the Gardo House, to various wards and stakes in an effort to evade an 1882 federal law restricting churches from owning real property.
1887 January 13-March 5
1B 28
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter from Edward Stephenson, a new convert who claimed to receive revelation from God and asked Taylor for money from the church to publish his New Book of Modern Revelation; discussions of events at settlements along the Utah-Idaho border; and John Taylor's rejection of a proposal to adopt a Utah constitution prohibiting plural marriage in order to achieve statehood.
1881 August 26-1887 February 19
1B 29
Richard J. Taylor
Correspondence with R. J. Taylor, John Taylor's son, concerning the sale of land and property of the Ogden Tithing Yard; and a copy of R. J. Taylor's March 17, 1905, obituary from the Deseret News.
1887 January 25-March 17
1B 30
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence that includes letters from a Salt Lake Theater box attendant reporting nepotism among his fellow employees; and a newlywed young woman complaining of her polygamous husband's abuse.
1886 December 16-1887 March 4
1B 31
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter from Thomas S. Terry, bishop of the Hebron Ward, asking for tithing money for flood damage reparations; discussion of possible settlement in Canada; one member's list of questions concerning "unpleasant" sin; and Z.C.M.I. business affairs.
1885 January 10-1887 May 19
1B 32
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A series of numbered written letters signed by John Taylor that pertain to daily church business and administration, including a letter concerning the attempt of federal authorities to confiscate the Bullion Beck Mine; announcement of a planned visit by Hawaiian Queen Kapiolani to Salt Lake City; and a John Taylor's denial of the request for tithing funds for general upkeep of the Logan tabernacle.
1887 March 29-April 28
1B 33
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter to church attorney Franklin S. Richards from George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency, stating John Taylor discontinued cohabitation with any of his wives following passage of the Edmund-Tucker Act and justifying his exile; John Taylor's postponement of a Mexican land purchase; and discussion of laying railroad through Navajo Indian territory.
1887 April 20-June 6
1B 34
Church Business--President-in-Exile
John Taylor's refusals to discontinue the practice of polygamy; a discussion of administrative changes in Arizona settlements and encouraging further colonization; Tabernacle Choir accompanist Willard E. Weihe's petition for assistance in buying a violin; and a letter granting permission to James E. Talmage, Brigham Young Academy professor, to carry out studies in the eastern United States.
1887 May 2-17
1B 35
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence that includes patents and claims of the Emma Mine; a subsidy for the purchase of a violin to be used for church services; John Taylor's declension to investigate colonization in Peru; a letter encouraging Mormon business owners to pressure eastern firms into influencing Congress; correspondence with the Mormon delegation sent to New York to gain eastern support; a letter concerning the discovery of red pine timber in Woodruff Canyon for construction of the Salt Lake Temple; and a petition from the proprietor of the Valley House for assistance in keeping the only Mormon-run hotel solvent.
1887 April 13-June 4
1B 36
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence regarding payment to Salt Lake Temple construction workers, enrollment at Brigham Young Academy, progress of the Logan and Smithfield Canal Company, and the settlement of new converts in Colorado; letters to mission presidents Helaman Pratt and William King, and exiled apostles Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, George Teasdale, and Brigham Young, Jr. , concerning political developments in Utah; and discussion of the church's $6,600 settlement with excommunicated apostle Albert Carrington.
1887 March 22-June 20
1B 37
John R. Winder
Correspondence from John R. Winder, second counselor in the church, presiding bishopric, and former Salt Lake City tax assessor and collector, concerning Utah liquor sales and celebratory events; and a sketch of his life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1886-1887 June 23
1B 38
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning administrative changes in northeastern Arizona; a letter to John W. Young, who was on a church assignment in New York City, asking for an accounting of money sent to him as a prerequisite to sending more; letters marked "confidential" to apostles Francis M. Lyman, John Henry Smith, Wilford Woodruff, Erastus Snow, Moses Thatcher, and Brigham Young, Jr., from George Q. Cannon, informing them of John Taylor's poor health; a letter condemning private use of church-owned horses and vehicles; a proposal from Ogden entrepreneur and politician, Joseph Alva West, to build a telegraph to settlements in Mexico.
1887 June 14-July 23
1B 39
Death Announcements
Telegrams from John Taylor's counselors, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, of the president's death on July 25, 1887, "from causes induced by the inhuman persecutions to which he has been subjected during the last two years and a half."
1887 July 26-28
1B 40
John W. Young
A lengthy letter from John W. Young, on an assignment in New York City to rally support for the Mormon cause, explaining the political climate and the North American Exchange Company, established to give him more credibility.
1887 July 27
1B 41
Church Business
A letter from A. M. Stenhouse, member of the British Columbia parliament, declaring his conversion to Mormonism and intention to join the main body of the church; a proposal from an American merchant to resettle the church membership in Samoa; an inquiry to L. John Nuttall, who witnessed John Taylor's death, from church historian Brigham H. Roberts about details of the deceased president's last illness.
1887 August 12-1890 January 20
2A 1
Announcement of Brigham Young's Death
Letters to Lot Smith, who served in Arizona settlements, and Ward E. Pack, president of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) Mission, announcing the death of Brigham Young and inquiring about general conditions at their posts; and Apostle George Q. Cannon's affirmative reply to New York Times correspondent Grace Greenwood's request for an interview.
1877 September 1-10
2A 2
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Invitations including invitations to various church leaders to attend the laying of the Logan Temple cornerstone; a letter to Ward E. Pack, resident of the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii) Mission, granting permission to employ native Hawaiians on the church pineapple plantation; a letter to John Sharp, bishop of the Salt Lake Twentieth Ward, asking him to continue making arrangements for the quarrying and transport of granite for construction of the Salt Lake Temple; and a letter to Truman O. Angell, asking him to continue as church architect.
1877 September 11-October 2
2A 3
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
The release of Elder Thomas G. Webber from his mission in Germany, enabling him to assist in the settlement of Brigham Young's estate; instructions for Abram Hatch, president of the Wasatch Stake, to assist new settlements in New Mexico; and several letters concerning temple collection funds.
1877 October 2-12
2A 4
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
The appointment of William H. Folsom and Charles O. Card as construction superintendents of the Manti and Logan temples, respectively; a discussion of Indian land problems and new migrations to Little Colorado settlements in Arizona; and a letter to missionaries in New Mexico urging caution in dealing with the Apaches and announcing plans for the new Salt Lake Tabernacle.
1877 October 15-25
2A 5
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning Indian land laws and a shakeup of the Danish Mission administration; and John Taylor's rebuke of William Price, bishop of the Goshen Ward, for filing a civil law suit to resolve a water rights dispute with a neighboring settlement.
1877 October 25-November 5
2A 6
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
A lengthy letter to George Q. Cannon in Washington, D.C., discussing anti-Mormon activities of James B. McKean, the phonetic publication of the Book of Mormon, some patriarchs' practice of peddling blessings for money, and progress on the Logan Temple construction; discussion of the Cashmere Goat and Silk associations; a letter concerning temporal order of New Mexican settlements; and announcement of the reopening of the Endowment House.
1877 November 7-15
2A 7
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Discussion of the delivery of wheat from Sanpete County to assist Kanab and other Long Valley settlements; an inquiry to Canute Peterson, former president of the Scandinavian Mission, concerning alleged promises made to an elderly Norwegian convert before he immigrated; and the announcement to settlers in Arizona and New Mexico of the visit of Apostle John W. Young.
1877 November 16-22
2A 8
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence relating to the migration of new converts from the southern states to Little Colorado settlements where there is a scarcity of food, and the proposed settlement of Brigham oung's estate; a request for various church leaders to send affidavits to Washington, D.C., to counter negative accusations regarding Mormon-Indian relations; and John Taylor's request to the Church Auditing Committee to better guard the trustee-in-trust books.
1877 November 22-28
2A 9
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the appointment of Nils C. Flygare as president of the Scandinavian mission, with instructions to oversee publication of church literature in Danish and Swedish, and to release any missionaries consuming alcohol or tobacco; a dispute with the Union Pacific Railroad over the Church Coal Mine; and the land rights of Mormons who settled on Utah Indian reservations.
1877 November 30-December 7
2A 10
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence about the proposed establishment of settlements in Mendicino County, California; the use of ward dances or parties to raise funds or pay debts; and Apostle John W. Young's planned visit to settlements in Arizona and New Mexico.
1877 December 8-31
2A 11
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
A letter instructing Daniel W. Jones to organize California Mormons into branches and informing him that Joseph Smith's original revised Bible was in the hands of Joseph Smith III, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints; discussion of anti-Mormon sentiment in the United States court system; lengthy letters to George Q. Cannon in Washington, D.C., discussing secret ballot voting in Utah, the territory's appointed cadet to West Point Academy, the settlement of Brigham Young's estate, and the departure of former Utah Gov. George W. Emery; discussion of the breakup of the United Order in Sevier County and Daniel Tyler's history of the Mormon Battalion; and John Taylor's denial that John D. Lee confessed guilt in connection with the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
1978 February 14-March 18
2A 12
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning reopening of the Endowment House, the holding of Spanish lessons in Davis County for prospective missionaries, the United Order in Little Colorado settlements, and a salary review for church employees; as well as letters to George Q. Cannon in Washington, D.C., discussing political developments in the Utah Legislature concerning election, taxation, and mining laws.
1978 January 2-February 12
2A 13
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Letters to George Q. Cannon and Orson Hyde concerning the selection of trustee-in-trust for the church, the delivery of church propaganda to members of Congress, and the settlement of Brigham Young's estate; an inquiry to Joseph Smith III, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, about the original manuscript of his father's new translation of the Bible; and discussion of Bikuben, the church's Danish publication.
1878 March 18-April 19
2A 14
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
John Taylor's arrangements for the immigration of a 60-year-old British female convert at his own expense; a letter to Daniel Tyler regarding his authorship of a history of the Mormon Battalion, and John Taylor's concern that it be reviewed by the church leadership to "eliminate anything that is undesirable"; the appointment of William A. Budge as president of the European Mission; discussion of introduction of rye cultivation in Utah; a directive for James A. Little to discontinue work on a new edition of the church compendium; and John Taylor's warning against unauthorized settlement in new colonies.
1878 May 23-June 5
2A 15
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
An inquiry about unauthorized movement of members from Lake Town, Idaho, to Colorado; instructions to Orson Smith, bishop of the Paradise Ward, on how to petition church uthorities for permission to take a second wife; discussion of water piping for the Manti Temple; correspondence concerning a proposed trip of Apostle Erastus Snow to Arizona and Mexico; arrangements for the donation of land from which stones for construction of the Manti Temple are to be quarried; discussion of water rights conflicts among residents in Spring City; and a letter concerning upcoming elections under Utah's new election law.
1878 June 5-July 6
2A 16
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning planned visits by apostles Erastus Snow and John W. Young to settlements in Arizona; the church's policy of not purchasing property from individual church members unless there is "fear that property will fall into undesirable hands"; the granting of land to Lucy W. Kimball, widow of Heber C. Kimball; and urgings to William Bringhurst, bishop of the Springville Ward, to allow the Relief Society to make clothing for neighboring Indians.
1878 August 16-September 25
2A 17
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning developments of mines at Grass Creek, financing of the stake and temple in St. George, and migration of new converts from the southern states; a directive that all church employees pay tithing or lose their jobs; and a reply to claims by Thomas Taylor, bishop of the Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward, that the church owes him money.
1878 July 9-August 13
2A 18
George Q. Cannon--Washington, D.C.
Letters to George Q. Cannon concerning various church affairs, including O. J. Hollister's interview of John Taylor for the New York Tribune; proposed congressional conditions for Utah statehood that exclude polygamists juries; John Taylor's request of the names of Salt Lake City residents who signed the Ladies Anti-Polygamy petition; the Mormon women's delegation to Washington, D.C.; claims by Thomas Taylor, bishop of the Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward, that the church owes him oney; federal interference in the Mormon-Indian relationship; the billing of Brigham Young's sons for debts incurred on their missions and church leaders; attempts to settle Brigham Young's estate; a demonstration in Salt Lake City to protest the rulings of Judge Emerson.
1879 January 17-May 10
2A 19
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
An explanation of the church's policy to pay for the return fare of honorably released missionaries; and instructions for handling cooperative livestock herds.
1878 September 17-October 19
2A 20
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the formation of a new settlement in the Elk Mountains; George Reynolds's polygamy case before the United States Supreme Court; closure and reopening of the Endowment House; unauthorized dispersement of church funds by the British Mission; purchase of a meetinghouse in Christiana, Norway; Ogden ward boundaries; and management of conduct in the Salt Lake Theatre.
1878 October 21-November 14
2A 21
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence about publication of the Book of Mormon in Liverpool, England; administrative reorganization of Arizona settlements; economic problems of the colony in Conejos, Colorado; administrative neglect in Tooele, Utah, schools; the death of Orson Hyde; and an audit of the Laie pineapple plantation in Hawaii.
1878 November 20-December 28
2A 22
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the establishment of United Order colonies in Arizona and New Mexico; housing arrangements for the widows of Orson Hyde; the purchase of a meetinghouse in Christiana, Norway; the colonization of Castle Valley; the formation of mining cooperative associations in and around Weber County; an outbreak of disease in Arizona settlements; John Taylor's threat to call for a boycott of the Ogden Junction if it continued to publish articles critical of polygamy; his permission to use tithing funds to pay for construction of the Manti Tabernacle and an exploration expedition to southeastern Utah; activities and member conduct in the Mutual Improvement Association; John Taylor's interview with O. J. Hollister, reporter for the New York Tribune and the Associated Press; Utah schools under Mormon administration; and practical details of the United Order as stressed by some residents of Orderville.
1878 December 24-1879 January 24
2A 23
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
A letter to Wilford Woodruff about the Reynolds polygamy case, the Mormon women's delegation to Washington, D.C., and John Taylor's New York Tribune interview; discussion of land acquisitions for Brigham Young College in Logan; Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward Bishop Thomas Taylor's petition for compensation for his assistance in early church migration efforts; a letter to William Budge, president of the British Mission, concerning emigration and publication of the Book of Mormon in England; John Taylor's chastisement of missionaries requesting to return home after only a few months in the field; and an order that some members of the Weber Stake High Council be excluded from judging an Ogden church trial.
1879 January 25-February 20
2A 24
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning John Taylor's disapproval of members turning to the civil rather than church courts to resolve community disputes; the selection of school textbooks; John Taylor's condemnation of the breaching of land agreements with the Indians or otherwise "oppressing the Lamanites"; publication of Orson Pratt's pamphlet, "A Key to the Universe"; and the Perpetual Emigration Fund.
1879 February 20-March 13
2A 25
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning president of the Holland Mission among the Dutch settlers in Cache Valley; selection of school textbooks; Orson Pratt's suggested alterations in the new edition of the Doctrine and Covenants; migration of new converts to Utah; and donation of several church publications to the Princeton Seminary Library.
1879 March 15-April 17
2A 26
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
The appointment of Sanpete Stake President Canute Peterson as assistant superintendent of Manti Temple construction; a directive to compile membership records for Australian Mormons; a progress report on the European missions; a letter to Orson Pratt concerning publication of the Doctrine and Covenants and the calling of Logan Stake President Moses Thatcher as an apostle; discussion of statewide cooperative trade agreements; the submission of Mormon-written articles on polygamy for publication in the International Review; the donation of various church publications to the Andover Theological Seminary Library; letters to missionaries serving in Australia and New Zealand; plans to settle unpopulated areas of Utah; and a directive to maintain good relations with the "Lamanites."
1879 April 14-May 27
2A 27
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence about the introduction of missionaries into Mexico City; a letter to Orson Pratt concerning publication of the Doctrine and Covenants, Book of Mormon, and Pratt's pamphlet, "Key to the Universe," in England; discussion of the purchase of Lee's Ferry on the Grand Colorado River; and an inquiry about a grant from the Arizona legislature to John D. Lee, who was executed for involvement in the Mountain Meadows Massacre.
1879 May 23-June 3
2A 28
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the establishment of ward trustees to hold local church property; the visit of John R. Park, president of the University of Deseret, and Louis F. Moench, president of the Weber School District, to northern Utah stakes; financing emigration from England; proposed publication of poetry by Mary J. Tanner, a Provo homemaker; the incarceration of George Reynolds in a Lincoln, Nebraska, penitentiary following his polygamy conviction; the dispute over Brigham Young's estate, particularly the suit filed against John Taylor by Emmeline Young; and appointment of normal students to the University of Deseret.
1879 June 3-25
2A 29
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning George Reynolds's imprisonment in a Nebraska penitentiary and subsequent return to Utah; emigration of European converts; a directive to the Sanpete Stake president to excommunicate church members who disobey orders to distribute irrigation water inequitably; the selection of school textbooks; the dispute between John Taylor and Brigham Young's heirs over settlement of Young's estate; water disputes among settlers; construction progress on the Logan and Manti temples; John Taylor's resignation from the Utah legislature; the purchase of Lee's Ferry; church and outside financing of Brigham Young Academy in Provo; and publication of the Pearl of Great Price in England.
1879 June 28-July 18
2A 30
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence about the appointment of water masters to oversee the distribution of water rights in central and southern Utah; John Taylor's warning against immigrants' dishonesty in obtaining lower railway fares by misrepresenting their children's ages; the church Auditing Committee's assessment of debts by Brigham Young's sons, Lorenzo D., Arta D. and Ernest J., incurred while they served missions in England; settlement of the Brigham Young estate; John Taylor's chastisement of an Ogden member who frequently wrote him about personal visions; progress of the Mormon colony on the Sandwich (Hawaiian) Islands; the murder of missionary Joseph Standing in Georgia; deficiencies in the Perpetual Emigration Fund; progress of the United Order settlements in Arizona; John Taylor's declension to purchase sugar beet seed from a German producer; and the search for legal proof of the 1830 organization of the church in Fayette, New York.
1879 July 16-September 10
2A 31
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning land and timber laws; measures taken to protect church property from Brigham Young's heirs; the absence of workers from the temple stone quarry; the collection of money from the Perpetual Emigration Fund to help Mormons in Georgia escape "mobs and wicked men"; the apostle's? decision to send Tabernacle organist Joseph J. Daynes to New York City for finishing lessons; and John Taylor's directive that families of missionaries be cared for by their neighbors, particularly in United Order colonies.
1879 September 10-30
2A 32
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning former missionary Rudger Clawson's return to Dalton, Georgia, to testify for the government in the Joseph Standing murder case, as well as the acquittal of the accused; school book appropriations for the Bear River Indian farm; progress in the Southern States Mission; purchase of the St. Johns, Arizona, area; John Taylor's agreement to pay $75,000 to settle the dispute over the Brigham Young estate; transfer of the Cashmere Goat Company's 540 goats to Orderville; taxes; the Salt Lake Dramatic Association's decision to lease for one year the Salt Lake Theatre to F. W. Bert of the Sherman House, Chicago; the formation of Emery County; abuse of the church court system in resolving "every little misunderstanding" among ward members; and circulation of the publication, Utah Farmer.
1879 September 29-December 30
2A 33
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the abolition of polygamy as a requirement for Utah statehood; progress of the European Mission; United States President Rutherford B. Hayes negative attitude about Mormonism and his appointment of Kentucky resident Eli H. Murray to Utah's governorship; the continued imprisonment of George Reynolds; the purchase of land in Mexico; Governor Murray's veto of a bill allowing women to hold public office; the 1880 Utah church; and church operation of the Pahriah (formerly Lees) Ferry on the Colorado River.
1880 January 10-February 26
2A 34
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence about a proposal to erect a silk factory in Salt Lake City; the water rights dispute between Mona and Goshen settlements; aiding Indians in central Utah; John Taylor's instructions on how to deal with church members who disobey ranking priesthood leaders; plans to use stone cuttings from the Salt Lake Temple to build the Salt Lake Eighteenth Ward chapel; experimentation with glassmaking; a compilation of the history of Ogden to be included in Hubert H. Bancroft's History of the Pacific States; a petition bearing the signatures of 111 Gunnison ward members asking for redress from the actions of their bishop, Christian A. Madsen; the beginning of laying rock on the Manti and Logan temples; plans to again attempt the cultivation and refining of sugar; operation of Pahriah (Lees) Ferry on the Colorado River; the romantic affair between Joseph E. Johnson and the wife of Lorenzo Snow; and the "gentile" political threat in Beaver County's August 1880 elections.
1880 March 4-July 9
2A 35
Church Business--President
Correspondence about the acquisition of life-size statues of Joseph and Hyrum Smith from their death masks; John Taylor's directive against mother-daughter plural marriages; the release of William Budge as British Mission president so he could represent Mormon Idahoans in the state legislature; John Taylor's decision to delay the installation of electric lights in Salt Lake City; Albert Carrington's calling as British Mission president and editor of the Millennial Star; a lecture tour on obstetrics by Ellis R. Shipp, a recent graduate of the Medical College of Philadelphia; John Taylor's refusal to divulge before the Ogden City Council information concerning a private counseling session; the organization of local prayer circles; the compilation of church statistics for the 1880 Census; United States President Rutherford B. Hayes's attitude toward the Mormons; and the land jumping of Indian territory.
1880 August 20-1881 January 26
2A 36
Church Business--President
Correspondence about the progress of the European Missions; Utah Gov. Eli Murray's issuance of the certificate of election to George Q. Cannon's losing opponent; and John Taylor's lenient stance regarding the observance of the Word of Wisdom (Mormon code of health) by aged converts of the church.
1881 February 19-March 15
2A 37
George Q. Cannon
Letters to George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency and former Utah territory delegate to Congress, concerning anti-Mormon legislation to be considered by Congress, and Utah Gov. Eli Murray's assistance in preparing them; the possibility of the governor's replacement; the death of Cannon's first wife, Elizabeth Hoagland Cannon; attempts to win national approval of Utah statehood and officially seat Cannon in the House of Representatives; Cannon's intellectual debates with the eastern press establishment; the appointment of monogamous Mormons to territorial government positions; educating the "Lamanites"; progress on Salt Lake Temple construction; passage of the Edmunds Act of 1882, ensuing anti-American sentiment in Utah, and the appointment of Jeremiah S. Black as legal counsel in the church's contest of the law; the establishment of a hospital in Salt Lake City; and Black's death in Washington.
1881 September 30-1882 February 27
B: John Taylor
1877-1887
Box Folder
2B 1
Erastus Snow
Letters to Erastus Snow concerning the Cashmere Goat Company and settler reinforcements for southern Mormon colonies.
1877 November 8-1878 August 29
2B 2
Erastus Snow
John Taylor's announcement to Mormon colonists in Arizona and New Mexico of Erastus Snow's upcoming visit and his authority to administer over them.
1878 August 31
2B 3
Erastus Snow
Letters to Erastus Snow regarding the purchase of St. George Temple; coordination of trade among the colonies; and water right disputes.
1879 January 9-October
2B 4
Erastus Snow and Brigham Young, Jr.
A report to John Taylor from Erastus Snow and Brigham Young, Jr., of their journey to southern colonies; and Erastus Snow's report of the San Juan grading camps.
1880 September 29-November 29
2B 5
Erastus Snow
Correspondence during Snow's visit to settlements in Colorado, Arizona, New Mexico, and southern Utah concerning immigrant housing; complaints against local church officials; the introduction of railroads and John W. Young's construction debt; the release of individuals from United Order settlements; the establishment of a new ferry on the Colorado River; flood damage; Snow's desire to return to his normal duties; the church sawmill near Sunset, Arizona; reorganization of the Panguitch Stake; the installment of a boiler in the St. George Temple; the intrusion of Gentile ranchers at Pipe Springs; and the proposed purchase of the Silver Reef Miner, a St. George newspaper.
1880 November-1882 November 24
2B 6
Erastus Snow
The appointment of Snow and Moses Thatcher to establish a new colony on the Mexican border; their report concerning the purchase of land there; Snow's reports from San Juan, where settlers had suffered floods, and the church woolen mill in St. George; instructions from John Taylor to lease Pipe Springs Ranch and investigate the United Order settlement in Sunset, Arizona; second correspondence to L. J. Nuttall concerning the establishment of a trail between Graves Valley and the Colorado River ferry crossing.
1882 November 15-1885 October 13
2B 7
Erastus Snow
The church presidency's call of Erastus Snow, Brigham Young, Jr. , and Francis M. Lyman to serve missions in the state of Sonora, Mexico, with instructions to purchase land for Mormon settlement; Snow's request for money to help Mormon polygamists hiding in Mexico; discussion of his personal finances and family temple work; his request that Moses Thatcher accompany him to Mexico; the missionaries' report of their investigation of the United Order settlement in Sunset, Arizona.
1885 October 17-1886 April 12
2B 8
Land Purchase--Sonora, Mexico
Correspondence concerning the church's purchase of land in the state of Sonora, Mexico, where a refuge for persecuted Mormons would be established.
1886 March 6-May 10
2B 9
Erastus Snow
Snow's request for permission to sell the Sunset grist mill to the St. Joseph United Order colony; Taylor's description of increased federal harassment in Utah, persecution of immigrants on their journey west, and the propects of using other ports to land European converts; his inquiry about the possibility of safety and sustenance in Mexico; and discussion of land offers and surveys in Mexico.
1886 May 31-October 28
2B 10
Erastus Snow
Correspondence concerning the arrival of tools from Utah to begin driving wells in Mexico; stagnation of church affairs in Arizona; the arrest of Lorenzo Snow; the arrest of some gentiles by Mormon police for unlawful cohabitation; the case against Angus M. Cannon before the United States Supreme Court; increased investment in Mexico as a result of the House of Representatives' passage of the Edmunds-Tucker Bill; the transfer of church property to stake corporations; and Mexican colonization laws.
1887 January 30-March 16
3A 1
Church Business--Apostle
A letter written by John Taylor in the Carthage, Illinois, jail to his wife, Leonora, concerning his personal well-being and political endeavors; and a signed agreement that gave John Taylor guardianship of the late Edward Lawrence estate.
1844 February 5-June 25
3A 2
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter of advice to T. Jackson Barton to serve a mission despite his lack of desire to do so; and a directive from George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency, that celebrations for Pioneer Day be canceled due to John Taylor's poor health.
1887 March 29-July 28
3A 3
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the salary of temple workers; legal actions against George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency; a delegation of Mormon women sent to Washington, D.C., to present a memorial to Congress and the president; and the church leadership, secular instruction, and physical provisions at the Washakie Indian Mission.
1886 March 17-18
3A 4
Church Business--President-in-Exile
The calling of fourteen Utah men to serve in the Northern States Mission; the church presidency's open letter of support of Hubert H. Bancroft's History of the Pacific States; John Taylor's condemnation of unethical migration practices, and discussion of the suitability of various railroad companies for migration purposes; a proposal to convert most of San Juan County into an Indian reservation; and church architect Truman Angell's request to find a stone cutter foreman for Salt Lake Temple construction.
1886 March 6-16
3A 5
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning a directive to supply the Shoshone Indian Agency with fruit trees; the arrest of George Q. Cannon for polygamy; conflicts between the state legislature and Governor Eli H. Murray; John Taylor's support of a revenue bill before the legislature; the calling of Juab Stake President William Paxman on a mission to New Zealand in order for him to escape federal authorities; missionary work among native Americans; church employment policy on the Sandwich Islands (Hawaii); continued persecution of polygamist Mormons in Utah; and George Reynolds's discussion of conditions at the federal prison in Lincoln, Nebraska, as compared with those in the Utah penitentiary.
1886 March 1-4
3A 6
Have Mormons Any Rights?
A legislative brief published by church attorney A. M. Gibson defending the Mormon position on plural marriage and arguing against passage of the Edmunds bill.
3A 7
Conference Address
A discourse delivered by John Taylor at the Provo Stake Meeting House as published in the Deseret News on March 11, 1885.
1884 November 30
3A 8
The Rights of Citizenship
A published brief by church attorney A. M. Gibson decrying the Congress's denial of the rights of citizenship to Mormons.
3A 9
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence regarding agreements to publish articles in the Correspondent Union; the Deseret News Company's takeover of the Herald Company's stock and debts; an increase in the salary of St. George Temple construction workers; John Taylor's approval of a Mormon woman's public demonstration to protest actions of the district courts; and approval to allocate $250 for the Honorable John T. Caine to publish two pro-Mormon pamphlets.
1886 February 11-27
3A 10
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the gerrymandering of Utah voting districts by federal authorities and other increased persecution of Mormons; the settlement of new converts from southern states in Colorado; missionary work among the Indians; the nomination of Amos Maycock to be new bishop of the Moab Ward; formation and appointment of leaders of the Eastern Arizona Stake and the drought in that region; plans to draft a Utah constitution and create a state government; and concerns of John W. Young's expenditures of church finances.
1887 June 20-July 1
3A 11
John Taylor's Failing Health
Confidential letters from George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency, to various church leaders reporting John Taylor's failing health and requesting that this information be kept from public knowledge in light of the church's political problems.
1887 July 1
3A 12
George Q. Cannon
Letters from George Q. Cannon, first counselor of the church presidency, concerning the Utah state constitutional convention and the selection of delegates to present the proposal for statehood to the president; and his directive prohibiting personal use of church horses and vehicles.
1887 June 27-July 1
3A 13
Millennial Star, Vol. VIII, No. 7
An issue of the church's British publication that contains the first part of a detailed explanation of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo; a discourse on caring for the poor; "Reader, Reflect!," a religious essay; two poems; information concerning the Joint Stock Company; several open letters; and an invitation for contributions.
1846 November 1
3A 14
Millennial Star, Vol. VIII. No. 8
An incomplete issue of the church's British publication that contains the final part of a detailed explanation of the Mormon exodus from Nauvoo; and a report of general conference held in Manchester on October 17.
1846 November 15
3A 15
Millennial Star, Vol. VIII. No. 9
An incomplete issue of the church's British publication that contains a "Memorial to the Queen for the Relief, by Emigration, of a Portion of Her Poor Subjects"; a poem; and general church notices.
1846 November 20
3A 16
Millennial Star, Vol. VIII, No. 1
An incomplete issue of the church's British publication containing a narrative by Amos Fielding; "An Accusing Spirit," a religious essay; an open letter from Ann Pitchforth to church members on the Isle of Man; and the first part of a reprinted letter to the editor of the Liverpool Mercury that discusses "Errors in the Missionary System."
1846 July 15
3A 17
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning Wilford Woodruff's being forced into hiding; the search for bishops of the Wallsburgh and Moab wards; general news of the activities of church officials; gerrymandering in the redistricting of Utah voting districts; land incorporation laws pertaining to church land in Mexico; the church's financial settlement with Albert Carrington; the statute of limitations in cohabitation prosecutions; the effects of the Edmunds-Tucker Act on Mormon life in Utah; missionary developments in Mexico; and efforts to move Utah to statehood.
1887 June 13-20
3A 18
The Emma Mine
Correspondence pertaining to the history of the Emma Mine between Raymond Taylor and Laurence P. James, a Reno mining geologist who was pursuing the publication of his history of the Alta region.
1972 March 25-31
3A 19-20
The Great Contest
The Great Contest: The Chief Advocates of Anti-Mormon Literature, a pamphlet written by R. W. Sloan and published by the Deseret News Publishing Company that reviews speeches made during the congressional debates over the Edmunds-Tucker bill.
1887
3A 21
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning Brigham Young Academy Professor Karl G. Maeser's visit to northern Utah stakes to enroll new students at the school; efforts by Cache valley businessmen to maintain control of the Logan and Smithfield Canal Company; activities of the general authorities and persecution by federal authorities; political activities of the People's Party; the publication of The Great Contest, a pro-Mormon pamphlet (See Bx 3A, Folder 19-20); and the acquisition of lumber for construction of the Salt Lake Temple.
1887 June 2-13
3A 22
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence regarding conflict among priesthood leaders in the Eastern Arizona Stake; local priesthood procedures in disciplining disobedient church members; Brigham Young Academy Professor James E. Talmage's trip to the east coast to study medicine and surgery; prospects for settlements in Canada; the attempt to avoid federal confiscation of church property by turning it over to several trustees; and patents for the Emma and West Bullion mines.
1887 May 4-17
3A 23
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the employment of J. M. Benedict, a non-Mormon surgeon, at the Deseret Hospital; a subsidy for the purchase of a violin to be played in church services; permission for Catholics to use the Salt Lake Theatre for a children's exhibition; John Taylor's sale of lots in Florence, Utah; his declension to pursue Mormon settlement in Peru; attempts to put pressure on east coast firms to influence Congress away from anti-Mormon legislation; and the candidacy of a California man as a judge in Utah.
1887 May 14-20
3A 24
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the search for a missionary to translate Mormon publications into Danish; John Taylor's refusal to consider discontinuing the practice of polygamy; efforts to attract settlers to Arizona; arrangements to purchase land near the Provo tithing office; and the transfer of church property to stake associations to avoid confiscation by federal officials.
1887 April 30-May 4
3A 25
Death Announcements
Letters and telegrams from John Taylor's counselors, George Q. Cannon and Joseph F. Smith, about the president's death on July 25, 1887, "from causes induced by the inhuman persecutions to which he has been subjected during the last two years and a half."
1887 July 26
3A 26
Church Business--President-in-Exile
John Taylor's declension to purchase land in Durango, Mexico; his counsel concerning a case of statutory rape in Ogden; plans for reorganization of the Uintah Stake; and discussion of Mormon employment in laying railroad.
1887 April 26-27
3A 27
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the distribution of some copies of the Deseret News to missionaries serving among the Indians; discussion of Joseph Hall's completion of a history of the Logan Temple construction and his work on a history of northern Utah; non-Mormon attempts to control the Salt Lake City hotel business; and the Cashmere Goat Association.
1887 April 20-30
3A 28
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter to apostle Moses Thatcher discussing lawsuits involving the Bullion Beck and Cahmion Mining Company, and the Mormon purchase of the Emma Mine; the announcement of a planned visit by Hawaiian Queen Kapiolani to Salt Lake City; a directive that missionaries' book selling activities not outweigh their proselyting; and a letter to church attorney, Franklin S. Richards, from George Q. Cannon, first counselor in the church presidency, stating John Taylor discontinued cohabitation with any of his wives following passage of the Edmund-Tucker Act of 1882 and justifying his exile.
1887 April 20-26
3A 29
Emma Mine--Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 23
W. Turrentine Jackson's article, "The Infamous Emma Mine: A British Interest in the Little Cottonwood District in Utah Territory."
3A 30
Mary Emma Chisholm Bennett
(Photographs and short biographical sketches of the woman after whom the Emma Mine was named.)
1884
3A 31
Emma Mine--Historical Narratives
Excerpts concerning the Emma Mine from Edward W. Tullidge's History of Salt Lake City; Hubert H. Bancroft's History of Utah; T. B. H. Stenhouse's The Rocky Mountain Saints; and J. H. Beadle's narrative, Western Wilds and the Men Who Redeem Them.
3A 32
Emma Mine--Newspaper Excerpts
Excerpts from the Utah/Mining Gazette and the Salt Lake Tribune concerning the Emma Mine.
1872 January 11; 1876 April 8
3B 1
Joseph Smith
A letter from Joseph Smith, while he was in hiding, to Brother and Sister Whitney in Nauvoo, Illinois, describing his loneliness and giving them instructions to come visit him.
1842 August
3B 2
Emma Mine
A letter from Laurence P. James, historian from Reno, Nevada, concerning historical facts about the Emma mine.
1972 May 22
3B 3
Raymond Taylor and Sam Taylor
Correspondence between the Sam and Ray Taylor concerning Ray's progress in copying holographs at the Mormon Church Historical Office; office politics there; Ray's stolen briefcase; the possibilities of murder or suicide as the cause of Brigham Young's death; and the progress of their projects.
1972 May 13-20
3B 4
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Financial reports on Z.C.M.I.; a request for assistance in the purchase of a violin for music in tabernacle services; and complimentary real property.
1880 July 15-1887 May 16
3B 5
Early Mormon Polygamy
1882 October 14
3B 6
George Darling Watt
1878 December 5-1879 January 29
3B 7
Church Business - President
1881 August 26-1887 February 17
3B 8
Isaac M. Waddell
1886 March 22-1887 April 2
3B 9
David K. Udall
1880 June 17-1886 April
3B 10
Freemasonry in the Early Church
1841 October 15-1842 April 30
3B 11
Possible Suicide of Brigham Young
3B 12
Daniel Tyler
1878 March 7-1886 March 12
3B 13
Church Business - President-in-Exile
1886 April 16-1886 October 19
3B 14
Church Business - President-in-Exile
1880 December 8-1886 October 11
3B 15
Isaac E. D. Zundell
1878 February 2-1887 June 2
3B 16
LeGrand Young
1887 January 3-1887 March 5
3B 17
John R. Winder
Correspondence from John R. Winder, second counselor in the church presiding bishopric and former Salt Lake City tax assessor and collector, concerning Utah liquor sales and celebratory events; the appointment and election of particular state offices; interest in the hot springs and mining property of John Beck; and life sketches of Winder and Beck from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1884 July 3-1887 June 23
3B 18
Samuel A. Woolley and Hyrum S. Woolley
Correspondence of Samuel A. Woolley, bishop of the Salt Lake Ninth Ward, and Hyrum S. Woolley concerning local church matters; anti-Mormonism in Idaho and a failed bill there requiring lawmakers to denounce plural marriage; and the administration of second anointings.
1882 September 6-1886 March 2
3B 19
"The Secret Order of Black Sticks"
Ray Taylor's essay, which includes excerpts from the personal writings of Heber C. Kimball, John Taylor, Oliver B. Huntington, John D. Lee, as well as Illinois Gov. Thomas Ford, about the Secret Order of Black Sticks, a small organization of Mormon leaders who took an oath of vengeance against anyone who assisted in the death of Joseph or Hyrum Smith.
3B 20
Coronation Year Souvenir Program
The program to the President John Taylor Family organization reunion, which includes a family constitution, a lineage chart tracing John Taylor to King Edward I of England, as well as a list of reunion activities.
1953 November 2
3B 21
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the selling of Salt Lake Dramatic Association to individual Mormons; questions from a local leader regarding self-administration of the sacrament, abortion, interracial members, bestiality, and exposure of the temple endowment ceremony; John Taylor's refusal to assist the Logan Stake in paying Logan Temple operating expenses; the search for a sawyer and carpenter to assist on the Washakie Indian Mission; the church's $6,600 settlement with excommunicated apostle Albert Carrington; Helaman Pratt's report and request to be released from the Mexican Mission; and the church's first order of Hubert H. Bancroft's book, History of the Pacific States.
1887 March 2-December 20
3B 22
Last Will and Testament
1887 June 13
3B 23
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the allocation of church tithing funds, the calling of missionaries, and the transfer of church property to private holders in order to prevent confiscation by federal authorities.
1887 January 5-February 28
3B 24
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A report of John Taylor's seventy-eighth birthday celebration at the Gardo House; letters concerning church financial affairs, including the construction of the Provo Theatre, the defense of Lorenzo Snow before the United States Supreme Court, and the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon; John Taylor's inquiry into the worthiness of disfellowshipped treasury employee A. M. Musser; and a letter concerning the employment of Andrew J. Jenson to work "properly controlled" in the church historian's office.
1886 October 20-November 30
3B 25
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence that includes John Taylor's directive to call more settlers to San Juan County to prevent losing political control to non-Mormons there.
1886 November 30-1887 January 18
3B 26
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A directive from John Taylor to maintain a record of names and charges of federally indicted Mormons in the church historian's office; an Ogden letter complaining of youth participation in "wickedness" at Park Lake resort; and church financial correspondence.
1886 August 28-September 22
3B 27
Revelation on Plural Marriage
John Taylor's revelation, recorded by Joseph F. Smith, Jr., reaffirming the "new and everlasting covenant" involving plural marriage; 1886 Revelation: A Revelation of the Lord to John Taylor, an illustrated pamphlet published in 1963 discussing the revelation in detail; and two short letters discussing financial matters.
1886 January 27
3B 28
Ogden Kraut
A discourse by Mormon scholar Ogden Kraut, responding to Apostle Mark E. Peterson's request that he denounce his belief in the practice of polygamy, in which he cites John Taylor and other Mormon figures in maintaining that "the principle" is correct and eternal.
1972 January
3B 29
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning various church issues, including John Taylor's invitation by the Rocky Mountain Electric Light Co. to attend an exhibition of the Swan incandescent lightbulb.
1879 October 19-1884 August 26
3B 30
Funeral Program
The program to John Taylor's funeral in the Salt Lake Tabernacle.
1887 July 29
3B 31
Revelations
John Taylor's 1882 revelation reaffirming the divinity of the "new and everlasting covenant" of plural marriage, with instructions to break secular laws that prohibit its practice; and some smaller revelations concerning the church organization and appointment priesthood leaders, church financial decisions, and the construction and sanctity of the temple.
1882 June 27-1884 December 25
3B 32
Brigham Young
Correspondence with Brigham Young while John Taylor managed church affairs in New York concerning the organization of handcart migration companies from Europe.
1855 September 28-October 20
3B 33
Brigham Young
Correspondence with Brigham Young concerning the prospect of Utah statehood; employment in the eastern United States for European immigrants; methods of improving the economy; the abolitionist movement and indications of civil war; the Mormon and St. Louis Luminary, two newspapers published by John Taylor to counter attacks by the eastern popular press; and a letter concerning the translation of the Book of Mormon into French and German.
1855 April 30-July 15
3B 34
John Taylor Family
A letter sent from Council Bluffs, (Iowa) Indian territory, by John Taylor to his son, Joseph James Taylor, concerning the planned migration from Nauvoo, Illinois; and a letter from Taylor to his family while he was in St. Louis preparing for his mission to France.
1846 July 9-1850 February 18
3B 35
Foreign Published Revelations
A letter from Raymond Taylor to Sam Taylor citing the publication of John Taylor's lesser known revelations in early Swedish and German editions of the Doctrine and Covenants.
1888-1900
3B 36
First Mission to England
Correspondence from John Taylor's first mission to the British Isles discussing missionary efforts, the compilation of a new hymnbook, and publication of the Millennial Star.
1840 March 23-June 14
3B 37
Martyrdom at Carthage Jail
John Taylor's narrative of the murder of Joseph and Hyrum Smith at Carthage Jail.
3C 1
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Instructions to re-employ Joseph H. Evans as blacksmith following his mission and prison sentence; and discussion concerning the sale of church-owned land in Nebraska, and transfer of church property to local hands to prevent confiscation by federal authorities.
1887 April 14-20
3C 2
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter from Hawaiian King Kalakaua's palace thanking Laie Mormons for courtesies shown on the king's jubilee birthday; J. C. Sandberg's plea for assistance in maintaining the failing Great Western Match Company; a request from Fred Labouron, United States surveyor general, to establish a meridian on Temple Square and make observations there; and discussion of sending missionaries among New Mexico Indians, hardships on the residents of Hebron due to destructive flood waters, and water rights disputes.
1884 February 12-1887 May 13
3C 3
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence with Will D. Southworth concerning the proposed sale of Mexican land to the church; several letters from people wishing to join the church; a letter from Escalante Bishop Andrew P. Schow concerning a proposed road from Escalante to San Juan; and Chicago physician George Schloetzer's offer of the capstone from the late John D. Lee's Nauvoo home.
1878 November 11-1884 July 31
3C 4
Family Kingdom
Raymond Taylor's initial agreement with Sam Weller, owner of Zion Bookstore, to begin distribution of Family Kingdom; Raymond's report to Samuel Taylor concerning the agreement; and a flier for Raymond Taylor's "fireside" address about John Taylor.
1972 March 12-14
3C 5
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes letters concerning financial claims against the church by some members.
1880 September 21-1885 November 20
3C 6
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
A letter to missionaries serving among the Comanche Indians from federal Indian agent J. M. Hawith, denying them permission to preach because Mormon teachings conflict with the law; a letter from William Hawk, asking permission to leave his United Order settlement; and report of a Indian raid threats in Ashley's Fork.
1877 October 27-1887 March 4
3C 7
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning a proposed Mormon settlement in Hawaii; a copy of the article about John Taylor in the London Daily News; the report of an influential eastern lawyer willing to defend Mormon polygamists in upcoming trials; the suggestion to establish a school for the deaf in Utah; an offer to establish Mormon colonies in Lincoln County, New Mexico; and an inquiry about bounty land promised to veterans of the Utah War.
1879 February 12-1887 April 5
3C 8
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes a lengthy letter from H. J. Moor, an American businessman in Samoa who tried to negotiate a Mormon settlement there; a solicitation for missionary travel business from E. A. Mudgett, general agent of the Denver and Rio Grande Railway Company; and discussion of whether Utah furnished troops for the Union during the United States Civil War.
1879 May 12-1888 December 28
3C 9
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes several letters from non-Mormons asking for membership in the church; and an invitation to the opening ceremonies of Liberty Park sent by Salt Lake City Mayor William Jennings.
1878 April 10-1887 August 12
3C 10
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Letters from Nephi resident Hannah T. Grover about the temple ordinances for her family; and a lengthy report from N. J. Gronlund, a missionary serving in New Zealand, complaining of elders who had "lost the aim and object of their mission."
1880 February 27-1887 October 15
4A 1
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes discussion over Salt Lake Thirteenth Ward Bishop Edwin D. Woolley's refusal to sign the temple recommend of a non-tithe payer; the plea of an imprisoned Swedish immigrant for moral support from his local church leaders; and questions about the salaries of Logan Temple workers.
1879 November 22-1886 October 21
4A 2
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
A discourse on polygamy and the nature of man by Reuben Garten, a Las Cruces, New Mexico, man seeking employment with the church in its fight against the Edmunds law; a Philadelphia member's complaint about missionaries expecting free board; a report on the search for timber to be used in the construction of the Salt Lake Temple; a request for financial aid in maintaining a Mormon-run hotel near Temple Square; and discussion of possible road routes through southern Utah.
1878 July 30-1887 June 4
4A 3
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes a request from historian Thomas Gregg for John Taylor's cooperation in his efforts to research and write the history of Hancock County, Illinois; a list of Mormon publications John Taylor supplied the United States Exchange for placement in reading rooms throughout Europe.
1878 April 20-1886 October 5
4A 4
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes a letter from Parley P. Pratt thanking John Taylor for "acting as a peacemaker" between him and his wife; and a claim from Mormon widow Julia Adams contending the church owes her property.
1877 October-1884 December 27
4A 5
Report on Arizona Indians
A report, probably from Wilford Woodruff, describing his visit among Arizona Indians.
1879 September 15
4A 6
Mormon Political Battles
John W. Young's letter about the Mormon church's political image in the east and measures to counteract activities of its enemies; and a copy of an article from the Idaho Stateman claiming Idaho territorial Gov. William Bunn was forced to sign the 1885 state anti-polygamy test oath bill at gun point.
1887 July 27; 1931 January 25
4A 7
Church Business--President
One of John Taylor's revelations affirming the need to obey religious principles even if they conflict with secular laws; a frantic request from Provo physician Hector S. Wisner for late payment on a debt while he fights an indictment and sentence in court for bigamy; and business correspondence with W. Wellock, author of A Text Book for the Mormon People, a book defending Mormon principles, including polygamy.
1882 June-1885 June 12
4A 8
John Taylor Revelations
John Taylor's revelations concerning the ordination of George Teasdale and Heber J. Grant to apostleship; organization of the Quorum of the Seventy; the unworthiness of some church leaders; the sanctity of the temple; and reaffirmation of "the new and everlasting covenant" of plural marriage.
1882 October 13-1883 December 25
4A 9
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning various issues, including publication of the standard works of the church; John Taylor's request for the timely reporting of stake business statistics; his memorandum responding to a church Wages Committee report; and grievances about financial problems from residents of the United Order settlement of Glenwood, Utah.
1878 February 6-March 26
4A 10
Trusteeship of the Brigham Young Estate
Copies of notarized deeds granting executorship and trusteeship of Brigham Young's last will and testament to Albert Carrington, George Q. Cannon, and Brigham Young, Jr.; and a release of property by Brigham Young's heir to John Taylor as trustee-in-trust of the church.
1878 March 21-July 23
4A 11
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Announcement of the reopening of the endowment house in Salt Lake City; and correspondence related to the settlement of Brigham Young's estate between Young's heirs and John Taylor as trustee-in-trust of the church.
1877 October 24-December 30
4A 12
History of the Scandinavian Mission
Excerpts from Andrew Jensen's History of the Scandinavian Mission that document John Taylor's trip to France and his greeting of an immigrant ship in New York.
1927
4A 13
Poetry and Speech
Poetry John Taylor wrote as lyrics to the music of "God Save the King"; and the essay, "Attitude of the Latter-day Saints on the War Between the States," taken from one of his speeches.
1961 July 4-1867
4A 14
Church Business--Apostle
A letter from John Taylor asking for Brigham Young's counsel in resolving financial problems with railroad officials; a document showing the issue of shares of the Cashmere Goat Company; a church call for 500 missionaries to settle in Arizona; correspondence concerning the acquisition of school textbooks; and a directive to start a collection fund for the Logan Temple.
1870 January 26-1877 October 22
4A 15
Utah Territory Politics
Correspondence that includes an inquiry about supplies for Mormon troops at Camp Echo for the Utah War; John Taylor's speech in the tabernacle, April 25, 1858, in which he blasted repressive actions of politicians and those sent by the federal government to govern, particularly Alfred Cumming, Utah territorial governor; and a certificate stating John Taylor attended the 1860 special session of the Utah territorial legislature.
1857 November 21-1858 April 25
4A 16
Brigham Young
Letters and journal narratives on various topics detailing John Taylor's relationship with Brigham Young.
1859 December 12-1865 April 4
4A 17
Preparations for the Utah War
John Taylor's letter to Brigham Young discussing the collection of tithing, funding of publication of the Mormon, and Mormon-related politics in the eastern United States; excerpts from one of Taylor's speeches in the Salt Lake bowery; letters pertaining to the Mormons readiness for the Utah War, including the stationing of troops at Camp Echo.
1856 December 17-1857 November 15
4A 18
Brigham Young
Letters from John Taylor to Brigham Young in which he defends himself against accusations of financial mismanagement while directing church affairs in New York City.
1857 February 24-March 18
4A 19
Brigham Young
Correspondence from Brigham Young concerning local news, the migration of converts, missionary work in New York state, Utah statehood, and the political climate on the east coast; and his epistle to the White House, decrying territorial status and federally-appointed officials.
1857 January 3-February 24
4A 20
Samuel Taylor and Raymond Taylor
Correspondence between the Taylor brothers, discussing their search for historically significant holographs, including Raymond's explanation of his new finds, key historical events, their communication with other historians, and current events in the Mormon hierarchy; and "Sam Taylor Qualifies as 'Naughty Mormon'," a San Jose Mercury News review of Nightfall at Nauvoo.
1972 February 6-10
4B 1
East of Antelope Island
Pages 106 and 109 of the history of Kaysville, published by the Davis County company of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers.
1943
4B 2
Provo Manufacturing Company
Correspondence concerning the financial struggles of the Provo Manufacturing Company.
1880 December 8-1883 January 4
4B 3
The Mormon Battalion
John Taylor's journal entries, briefly introduced by church historian Brigham H. Roberts, documenting the United States Army's petition for assistance in the Mexican-American War; the Mormons' nonaggression agreement with the Pottawattamie Indians; and their encouragement by Taylor, Parley P. Pratt, and Orson Hyde to volunteer for the battalion.
1846 June 30-July 11
4B 4
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence concerning the solvency of Z.C.M.I.; a directive forbidding unauthorized organ performances in the tabernacle; and a report of Utah territorial Gov. Eli Murray's hand in the legal harassment of polygamists.
1886 March 17-20
4B 5
First Year in Salt Lake Valley
Excerpts from the Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including documentation of the Mormons' first civil ordinances in the Salt Lake Valley--laws regarding vagrancy, disorderliness, adultery, fornication, robbery, and drunkenness.
1847 December 3-26
4B 6-7
Journal History
Excerpts from the Journal History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, with entries from Winter Quarters and correspondence regarding settlement prospects in California, the Mormon Battalion, general conference, and convert migration.
1848 March 6-April 1
4B 8
Albert King Thurber
Correspondence from Albert K. Thurber, president of the Sevier Stake, concerning settlers' relationship with Indians, mission calls and priesthood assignments, and the construction of a wagon road through the Henry Mountains; and a sketch of Thurber's life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1878 August 15-1887 May 23
4B 9
Lucinda Lee Dalton
Letters from Lucinda Lee Dalton, a Beaver, Utah, school teacher and widowed mother of six, concerning her anxiety about premarital sexual relations between her sister and late husband, the eternal fate of her children, and her desire not to marry again; and a letter from missionaries serving among the "Lamanites" asking about "the propriety of brethren of the mission marrying into the Navajo nation."
1884 August 24-1887 January 6
4B 10
Thomas Taylor
Correspondence from Thomas Taylor, bishop of the Salt Lake Fourteenth Ward and former church migration agent, in which he petitions John Taylor (no relation) for reimbursement of expenses incurred while overseeing migration efforts; a report of his excommunication for homosexuality; his letter to John Taylor pleading for mercy; a sketch of his life and the life of George H. Taylor, who replaced him as Fourteenth Ward bishop, from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1878 March 18-1886 October 9
4B 11
Church Business--President
Correspondence concerning G. W. Thatcher's suggestion to have Karl Maeser replace him as president of Brigham Young College in Logan, and conflicts with various Indian tribes and competition to other sects in their conversion to Christianity; and John Taylor's address to the Wyoming territorial legislature upon its visit to Utah during the church's fiftieth anniversary jubilee.
1880 January 8-1887 May 9
4B 12
Thomas E. Taylor
Correspondence with Thomas E. Taylor, son of John Taylor and president of the Deseret News Company, concerning business transactions and the dealing of company stock; operation of the printing office and paper mill; and publication of the Deseret News, the Spanish translation of the Book of Mormon, other religious literature, and a hymnal; and a sketch of his life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1885 March 9-1887 May 14
4B 13
Message of the First Presidency
The First Presidency's spring 1886 conference address, delivered in absentia and recorded in James R. Clark's Messages of the First Presidency, which denounces those who worked to coerce the church into banning polygamy.
1886 March
4B 14
John W. Taylor
Correspondence with John W. Taylor, apostle and John Taylor's son, concerning family matters; relations with the federal government and non-Mormon factions in Utah; the first presidency's published epistle about polygamy and government harassment; and church and political developments in Idaho, including John W. Taylor's trial for treason.
1885 April 10-1887 January 3
4B 15
Joseph E. Taylor
Correspondence with Joseph E. Taylor, first counselor of the Salt Lake Stake, concerning the administration of Brigham Young College in Logan and training prospective Utah teachers with a strong religious background; inquiries about whether to proceed with conferences while church leaders were in hiding; reports concerning the nomination and support of church members for civil office; and "The Schoolmaster and his Pupils," an article by Joseph E. Taylor published in the Improvement Era just after his death.
1885 June 10-August 18
4B 16
Richard J. Taylor
Correspondence with R. J. Taylor, John Taylor's son, concerning the sale of land and property of the Ogden Tithing Yard; and a copy of R. J. Taylor's March 17, 1905, obituary from the Deseret News.
1887 January 25-March 17
4B 17
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Correspondence regarding the reinstatement of excommunicated Mormons, the work of astrologers in healing of the sick, and the other church business.
1885 January 10-1887 May 1
4B 18
"President Brigham Young's Excursion Party"
Solomon F. Kimball's article, published in the Improvement Era, about Young's 1864 trip through Sanpete Valley.
1911 April
4B 19
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes a letter from the mother of sculptor Cyrus Dallon, requesting financial assistance for his studies in Boston.
1879 March 23-1887 January 15
4B 20
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Inquiries from non-Mormons about joining the church in Utah, financing the publication of their pro-Mormon writings, and the resolution of questions concerning the 1883 Diamond Mine flood.
1878 October 6-1887 August 12
4B 21
David M. Williams
A "memorial for the poor," in which Williams warns John Taylor of the wickedness of the rich in the church; a follow-up letter again asking for a reply; an appeal for "full fellowship" in the church after he reported being "pushed out" by local church leaders; and a letter from him reporting his reinstatement in the church, claiming divine guidance, and asking the first presidency to let him fulfill his "mission."
1881 October-1885 December 20
4B 22
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence that includes a solicitation for business from the New York Life Insurance Company; a report on the feasibility of colonizing the Grand River Valley; and discussion of local church leaders fleeing federal marshals.
1878 December 27-1887 January 30
4B 23
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning the migration of eleven families to St. Johns, Arizona; nepotism among employees at the Salt Lake Theater; marital problems between Box Elder Stake President Oliver G. Snow and one of his wives, Fridenia M. Widenborg; the request for one of John Taylor's handkerchiefs by a sick member; progress in the Danish Mission; a proposal to publish a Mormons-only business guide; and attempts to obtain Joseph Smith's translation of the Bible from Joseph Smith III, president of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
1878 February 4-1887 March 1
4B 24
Joseph A. West
Correspondence from Joseph A. West, suggesting John Taylor hide at his Mexico ranch; and a sketch of his life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jenson.
1887 July 4
4B 25
"Mormon Blood Atonement"
An article by Kate Field published in the North American Review.
4B 26
Champion of Rights
An essay subtitled, Outline of the Life of John Taylor, Militant Mormon, by his grandsons, Raymond W. Taylor and Samuel W. Taylor.
5 1
Church Business--Apostle
Letters of grievance to Maj. Gen. John B. Clark, commander of military forces in Missouri, and to the editor of Arcrus, a Quincy, Illinois, newspaper; a report about the progress of missionary work in England; efforts to publish the Book of Mormon and a hymnal there; news of the Mormons' failure to garner East Coast political support; letters to Taylor's wife, Leonora; and updates on events in Carthage and Nauvoo, the exodus west, and settlement in Salt Lake Valley.
1838 November 4-1848 May 22
5 2
Mission to France
John Taylor's mission call to France; and correspondence concerning missionary work in France, translation of the Book of Mormon into French and German, and efforts to bring to Utah French machinery and knowledge to process sugar beets and wool.
1849 October 6-1852 January 10
5 3
Leonora Cannon Taylor
Correspondence from John Taylor's wife, Leonora, concerning her financial hardships and conflicts between the Mormons and Morrisites.
1840 January 2-1862 July 10
5 4
Jane Ballantyne Taylor
John Taylor's letters to his wife, Jane, discussing family matters and offering encouragement; a list of her correspondence; her invitation to the Salt Lake Temple dedication; and a letter from her daughter, Annie.
1846 August 6-1893 March 29
5 5
Sophia Whittaker Taylor
John Taylor's invitation to his wife, Sophia, for Christmas dinner at the Gardo House.
1883 December 24
5 6
Margaret Young Taylor
John Taylor's letters concerning family and financial matters, written to his wife, Margaret, while he was in hiding.
1886 August 12-1887 February 2
5 7
Mary Ann Oakley Taylor
Correspondence from John Taylor's period of exile, with his wife, Mary, concerning family matters and courage to confront trials.
1886 October 20-1887 July 20
5 8
John and Ida Taylor Whitaker
Correspondence with John Taylor's daughter, Ida, and her fiance, John M. Whitaker, concerning their plans to marry and establish a library and reading room for Mormon youth.
1885 November 7-1887 February 23
5 9
Daniel Harrington
Correspondence with Daniel Harrington concerning his desire to work as a reporter; and a congratulatory letter to John Taylor on his seventy-eighth birthday.
1886 July 31-November 1
5 10-11
Erastus Snow
Correspondence with Apostle Erastus Snow concerning the Cashmere Goat Association; the possible purchase of land in Arizona and New Mexico for the settlement of new converts; church business of the St. George Stake; Snow's visit to southern Mormon colonies and his subsequent calling to serve a mission among them; construction of a church sponsored railroad and series of roads in southern Utah; progress in the building of the St. George Temple; updates on United States political events and Utah's delegation to Congress; and discussion of the church acquiring the Silver Reef Miner, a St. George newspaper.
1877 November 8-1887 April 29
5 12
Death of David John Taylor
A telegram and letter from Spencer Clawson, James Hait, and R. S. Watson in New York, explaining the death of David John Taylor, John Taylor's son.
1881 September 6-9
5 13
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
John Taylor's announcement of the visit of territory educational leaders to the Cache, Rich, Box Elder and Davis stakes; and other pieces of incomplete correspondence.
1879 June 6
6 1
Biographies and Chronology
Two speeches and a chronology of the life of John Taylor written by Raymond Taylor.
1963 November 25
6 2
Personal Documents
Papers documenting various events in John Taylor's life, including a journal account of the marriages he performed on the plains; an agreement concerning his guardianship of some of Joseph Smith's property; a bank draft record; extracts from his journal about the gathering of the Mormon Battalion; his declaration to become a United States citizen; and his calling to serve a mission in France.
1844 June 23-1852 November 10
6 3
Juvenile Instructor
"Missionary Sketches," an article about John Taylor's British mission by George Q. Cannon in vol. 5, no. 21 of his Mormon youth publication; and "Reminiscences," Taylor's account of the Nauvoo exodus, published in vol. 10, no. 22.
1870 October 15; 1875 October 30
6 4
Genealogical Record
A handwritten record of John Taylor's progeny.
6 5-13
Pedigree Charts
John Taylor family pedigree charts compiled by Archibald F. Bennett and D. A. Pratt, and copied and distributed by the President John Taylor Family Association.
1964
6 14
John Taylor Family Organization
Family organization papers, including agendas, programs, and minutes of organizational meetings; a family genealogy progress report; a program of his funeral; and the Woolley family coat-of-arms.
1953 November 2-1975 November 7
6 15
Revelations
A collection of selected revelations and correspondence by John Taylor.
1882 June 25-1886 September 27
6 16
Church Business--President-in-Exile
Church financial correspondence with other church leaders and James Jack, Utah territorial treasurer.
1886 September 6-October 15
6 17
Lesser Known Wives
Correspondence between Samuel and Raymond Taylor concerning John Taylor's lesser known wives.
1971 March 3-April 28
6 18
Ann Hughlings Pitchforth Taylor
Documents concerning Ann Pitchforth, one of John Taylor's wives, including lists of her children; a Pitchforth coat-of-arms; correspondence with her family; and her letter, "To the Saints of the Isle of Man," published in vol. 8, no. 12 of the Millennial Star.
1832 April 13-1846 July 15
6 19
Pitchforth Family Biographies
Short biographies of Ann Pitchforth's daughters, Sarah Barbara Pitchforth Kienke and Mercy Jane Pitchforth Jenkins, and John Hughlings Jackson, son of Ann's sister, Sarah; and the last will and testament of Ann's father, John Hughlings.
1833-1849
6 20
Lesser Known Wives
Documents related to Taylor's lesser known wives, including "Lines," the verse he wrote in the album of Abby Jane Hart that was later published in vol. 8, no. 178 of the Millennial Star; correspondence between Samuel Taylor and Nauvoo historian, T. Edgar Lyon; excerpts from articles on Biblical justification of polygamy; lists, charts, and family group records of Taylor's families; and Taylor's will, naming several of his wives.
1846 September 5-1887 June 13; 1966-1968
6 21
"Celestial Marriage"
John Taylor's statement affirming the law of (polygamous) celestial marriage.
1882 June 25-26
6 22
Lesser Known Wives
Notes, lists, correspondence, and family records documenting Taylor's marriage to Annie Ballantyne, Leonora Cannon, Ann Hughlings Pitchforth, Josephine Elizabeth Roueche, and Margaret Young; and a copy of the Taylor coat-of-arms.
6 23
Josephine Elizabeth Roueche Taylor
Correspondence documenting John Taylor's marriage to Josephine Elizabeth Roueche.
1966 December 20-1967 January 19
6 24
Children's Blessings
John Taylor's blessings on his and Margaret Young Taylor's children: Leonora Y. Taylor, Mary Y. Taylor, and Samuel Y. Taylor.
1864; 1875; 1882
6 25-26
Revelations
Correspondence, speeches, and other documents including a bound collection of copied holographs, concerning several of John Taylor's revelations.
1882-1886
6 27
Writings
Some of John Taylor's published writings, including his priesthood meeting speech, "Succession in the Priesthood"; "Origin, Object and Destiny of Women," an article published in the Relief Society Magazine; "Ecclesiastical Control in Utah," published in vol. 326 of the North American Review; and his poems "Father, Son, & Daughter," "Lines," and "Acrostic."
1881 October 7-1885 August 10
6 28
Last Will and Testament
A photostatic copy of John Taylor's handwritten last will and testament.
1887 June 30
6 29
Death Announcements
John Taylor's obituaries from the Deseret News and Millennial Star.
1887 July 29 and August 8
6 30
Family Reunions
Invitations and programs to John Taylor family reunions.
1890 November 1-1966 November 3
6 31
Congressional Tribute
Utah Sen. Frank Moss's tribute to John Taylor before Congress, as published in the Congressional Record.
1963 November 6
6 32
Annotated Bibliography
Paul Anthon Nielson's "An Annotated Bibliography of the Works of President John Taylor."
C: The Kingdom or Nothing
Box Folder
7A 1
General Research Notes
Research notes and documents, including Andrew Jenson's biography of John Taylor from pages 59 through 62 of The Historical Record; and "To President John Taylor," a poem by Logan educator W. H. Apperley.
7A 2
Boyhood and Conversion
1808-1836
7A 3
Kirtland, Missouri, and First Mission to England
John Taylor's published accounts of the persecution of Mormons by Missouri mobs; "Missionary Sketches," an article about his British mission in vol. 5, no. 21 of George Q. Cannon's youth publication, Juvenile Instructor; and "Reminiscences," Taylor's account of the Nauvoo exodus, published in vol. 10, no. 22.
1837-1841
7A 4
Nauvoo
Published writings including a revelation originally printed in Nauvoo March 14, 1846, warning of self-appointed leaders; an article dated January 3, 1891, in the Saints' Herald, a publication of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, describing the conflict among Mormons that arose following the death of Joseph Smith; John Taylor's account of the martyrdom at Carthage jail; correspondence and a Church News article regarding Taylor's unpaid medical bill for treatment he received after being shot; and "The Seer," a hymn about Joseph Smith for which Taylor wrote the words.
1841-1845
7A 5
Exodus
"The Upper California," a hymn by John Taylor about the planned Mormon migration to the west coast; and excerpts of Taylor's writings about the Icarians, a "French communistic group" that inhabited Nauvoo after the Mormon exodus.
1846
7A 6
Second Mission to England
"Lines," verse written by John Taylor in the album of Abby Jane Hart, September 5, 1846.
1846-1847
7A 7
Utah
"A Journey Across the Plains," John Taylor's essay about the Mormon migration to Utah, published in vol. 10, no. 1 (January 9, 1875) of the Juvenile Instructor.
1947-1849
7A 8
Mission to France
1849-1851
7A 9
Utah
"The Government of God," a speech by John Taylor in which he criticizes United States federal officials; and a photocopy of the holographic record of his missionary blessing for Frederick Kesler; and a biographical sketch of Kesler by Raymond Taylor.
1852-1854
7A 10
The Mormon
1855-1856
7A 11
Utah War
Historian Ogden Kraut's account of the visit of United States Army Capt. Van Vleit to Salt Lake City; and accounts of meetings held in the Salt Lake bowery from John Taylor's Journal of Discourses.
1857-1858
7A 12
Coming of the Railroad to Utah
1859-1864
7A 13
"Carpetbaggers"
1869-1875
7A 14
Death of Brigham Young
An "Epistle of the Twelve Apostles and Counselors," dated September 10, 1877, officially announcing John Taylor's assumption of the church presidency before ratification at October conference.
1876-1877
7A 15
Taylor Administration
A small collection of excerpts from John Taylor's speeches, with notes from journalist and historian Edward Wheelock Tullidge; an account of Taylor's interview with Orvando J. Hollister, correspondent for the New York Tribune, after the United States Supreme Court upheld the antipoligamy legislation of 1862; Taylor's discourse given April 9, 1879, and Tullidge's comparison of his leadership style to that of his predecessors; and William E. Koerner's account of Taylor's alleged "Horseshoe Revelation," predicting vast destruction before the gathering of the righteous in Jackson County, Missouri.
1878-1879
7A 16
Jubilee Anniversary
"Two Days' Meetings in the Salt Lake Assembly Hall," a record of pre-conference meetings held April 4 and 5, 1880, with remarks by John Taylor, Wilford Woodruff, Levi W. Hancock, L. W. Hardy, Albert Carrington, Lorenzo Snow, and Moses Thatcher, and Brigham Young, Jr.; Hubert H. Bancroft's account, from his book, Literary Industries, of his dealings with Taylor when preparing his history of Utah; and Taylor's 1881 discourse, "Succession in the Priesthood."
1880-1881
7A 17
Gardo House
1882
7A 18
Unlawful Cohabitation
Extracts from John Taylor's Journal of Discourses, concerning polygamy; correspondence with Mary E. Lightner, in which she asks Taylor for financial assistance; "Tithes vs. Schools," a Salt Lake Tribune editorial criticizing Mormon tithing collection; an article from the London Daily News, dated November 2, 1883, about Taylor and the church; and a letter from Franklin D. Richards proposing the compilation of a running history of the Taylor presidency.
1883
7A 19
Unlawful Cohabitation Crusade
"Ecclesiastical Control in Utah," Utah Gov. Eli H. Murray's article in vol. 138, no. 326 (January 1884) of the North American Review written in response to a previous article by Taylor; a letter from Wilford Woodruff on September 21, 1891, directing apostle John Henry Smith to dedicate rooms outside the temple for the performance of temple ordinances; a letter from Joseph F. Smith to John Henry Smith concerning the flight of general authorities from federal officers; an article concerning temple ordinances from vol. 10, no. 10 (March 1945) of Truth, a Salt Lake City publication; and a discourse given by Taylor, November 30, 1884, at the Provo Stake House, as reported by the Deseret News.
1884
7A 20
The Do
A January 25, 1931 article from the Idaho Statesman stating the Idaho Gov. William Bunn was forced to sign the 1885 Test Oath Bill at the gun point of anti-Mormons.
1885
7A 21
Part 1
Several letters from John Taylor to his wife, Margaret; a January 27, 1886, editorial in the Salt Lake Tribune concerning the admission of new states into the Union; and the first presidency's March 1886 directive to the saints, taken from the book, Messages of the First Presidency.
1886
7A 22
Part 2
Several of John Taylor's revelations, and Raymond and Samuel Taylor's correspondence discussing them; Utah Gov. Caleb W. West's proclamation of his intent to prosecute all those who practice polygamy; Kate Field's article, "Mormon Blood Atonement," published in the North American Review; and a sketch of Joseph Alva West's life from the Latter Day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia by Andrew Jensen.
1886
7A 23
The Kingdom or Nothing
"An Epistle of the First Presidency," delivered at the Fifty-Seventh General Annual Conference in Provo, in which antipolygamy laws are discussed; a record of the 1893 United States Supreme Court session in which Wilford Woodruff testified that Mormons had quit practicing polygamy; John Taylor's obituary in the Deseret News, July 29, 1887; and correspondence concerning the George J. Taylor papers.
1887
D: John Taylor Family Records
Box Folder
7B 1
Leonora Cannon Taylor
Two letters to John Taylor, while he served his first mission in England, from his wife, Leonora, concerning her struggles to maintain their family in Montrose, Iowa.
1840 January 2-February 2
7B 2
Joseph James Taylor
A record of the marriage and children of John and Leonora Cannon Taylor, written by their son, Joseph James Taylor; Joseph's day book, listing his activities of the summer of 1857; and several letters from Leonora to Joseph relating general news and explaining conflicts between the Mormons and Morrisites.
1857 March 3-1862 July 10
7B 3
John M. and Ida Taylor Whitaker
Correspondence between John Taylor and his daughter, Ida, discussing the worthiness of John M. Whitaker to marry her; letters between Taylor and Whitaker discussing the young man's faith and standing in the church, and his desire to marry Ida; and Taylor's eventual blessing on the union.
1885 November 7-1886 September 27
7B 4
Mary Ann Oakley Taylor
Two letters from John Taylor to his wife, Mary, relating news of his general activities.
1886 October 20; 1887 January 9
7B 5
John M. and Ida Taylor Whitaker
Correspondence between John Taylor, and John and Ida Whitaker concerning the couple's plans to establish a reading room for the youth of the church; and a letter to Ida from mother, Mary Ann Oakley Taylor, concerning Taylor's bad health.
1887 February 21-July 20
7B 6
Fred W. Taylor
A letter from John Taylor's son, Fred, to his fiance, giving an account of his father's funeral.
1887 July 30
7B 7
Death Notices and Tribute
Published notices of John Taylor's death in the Millennial Star (vol. 49, no. 32) and Parry's Monthly Magazine (vol. 4, no. 1); and a tribute to him in the November 6, 1963, issue of the Congressional Record (vol. 109, no 179).
1887 August 8-October
7B 8
Excerpts from the Journal of Brigham H. Roberts
Citations from Roberts's journal relating various political and church business events, including Joseph F. Smith's censure of him and Moses Thatcher for entering an election campaign as Democratic candidates without consulting church authorities.
7B 9-13
Journal of John M. Whitaker
The journal of John M. Whitaker, son-in-law of John Taylor, concerning personal and public matters, including autobiographical events; the death of his father; his marriage to Ida Taylor; the Church Historian's Office; the Salt Lake Herald; the Bullion Beck Mining Company; the Salt Lake Stake Library; Utah politics; federal persecution; excerpts of a letter from Taylor to United States President Grover Cleveland; and Wilford Woodruff's manifesto and the fall of polygamy.
1886 January-1891 January 1
7B 14-17
Memoirs of George A. Smith
Writings of George A. Smith, apostle and cousin of Joseph Smith, covering the early years of the church, including his conversion to Mormonism; his 1834 journey from Kirtland to Missouri with Smith; his mission in the eastern United States; religious debates with protestant ministers; and accounts of persecution against the Mormons.
1817-1839
E: The Kingdom or Nothing
Box Folder
8 1
From Boyhood to Manhood
References to John Taylor's mystical childhood experiences; his decision to leave the Church of England and become a Methodist minister at the age of sixteen; his immigration to Canada; and his conversion to Mormonism and decision to join the saints in Kirtland.
1808-1836
8 2
Kirtland, Missouri, and First Mission to England
References to the development of Taylor's concept of loyalty; his false denial of the Danites and plural marriage, among other things, on the basis of that concept; and his disgust of others who he believed betrayed their fellow brethren during conflicts with neighboring "gentiles."
1837-1841 June
8 3
Nauvoo
Notes questioning the reason those who were attacked in Carthage jail removed their temple garments before they were incarcerated; discussion of the involvement of Joseph Smith and other early church leaders in freemasonry; correspondence of Smith, excerpted from the George A. Smith papers; John Nuttall's narrative of John Taylor's reaffirmation of the divinity of the law of plural marriage; John L. McKenzie's writings on "Biblical Concubines"; and correspondence with author Juanita Brooks about Nightfall at Nauvoo.
1841 July-1846
8 4-5
Exodus and Second Mission to England
Evidence of early plans to settle in California; documents concerning the involvement of John Taylor and Orson Hyde in the Joint Stock Company; correspondence between Samuel and Raymond Taylor concerning literary criticism of Nightfall at Nauvoo and preparations for The Kingdom or Nothing; a narrative of how Utah was denied statehood for forty-six years "because of a snow storm"; and several excerpts from the Millennial Star.
1846-1849 October
8 6
Mission to France and the "Sugar Train"
A biographical sketch of Curtis E. Bolton, who accompanied John Taylor to France, served as translator, and was later appointed mission president; notes from Bolton's diary; and references to Taylor's failed attempt at importing the sugar beet processing industry.
1849 October-1853
8 7
The Mormon
Raymond Taylor's explanation of the Mormons' poor relationship with non-Mormon Utah Judge William W. Drummond; and excerpts from John Taylor's Journal of Discourses.
1854-1857 May
8 8
Utah War
1857-1858
8 9
Fight for Statehood
References to Utah's fight for statehood; conflicts with the Morrisites and Godheites; the development of Z.C.M.I.; and the arrival of the railroad to Utah.
1859-1868
8 10
Salt Lake Tribune and "Carpetbaggers"
References to the Mormons' economic and social isolation; conflict with the Salt Lake Tribune; problems with "carpetbaggers," gentiles who settled in Utah for economic reasons; and Norman Pierce's congratulatory letter about Nightfall at Nauvoo.
1869-1875
8 11
Last Days of Brigham Young
Rough-draft book chapters about the federal government's authority versus the Mormons' polygamic theocracy; the Salt Lake Tribune's report of the St. George Temple dedication; excerpts from John Taylor's Journal of Discourses; and a list of names that John D. Lee gave as having been involved in the Mountain Meadows massacre.
1876-1877
8 12
Death of Brigham Young
The Deseret News's account of Brigham Young's death; notes on speculations that he was poisoned or committed suicide; and references to the debate over succession in the priesthood.
1877 August 29
8 13
Brigham Young Estate
A rough-draft book chapter explaining how the Brigham Young estate "haunted" John Taylor; and correspondence and notes concerning its settlement.
8 14
Jubilee Celebration
A rough-draft book chapter on the Mormon church's fifty-year anniversary celebration; and an editorial from the Salt Lake Tribune accusing John Taylor of noncompliance with the Edmunds Act.
1880-1882
8 15
Gardo House
A rough-draft book chapter concerning completion of the Gardo House and increased agitation over enforcement of the Edmunds Act.
1882 January-March
8 16
Unlawful Cohabitation Crusade
A rough-draft book chapter concerning non-Mormon attempts to enforce the Edmunds Act; John Taylor's debates in popular eastern literary magazines; and a narrative by Eleanor Ward Ogden about a Christmas she spent as a child with John Taylor while he was on the run in Parowan, Utah.
1882-1885
8 17
Exile and Death of John Taylor
An early draft book chapter about the establishment of the underground and John Taylor's administration of the church in exile; notes concerning his hideouts; a biographical sketch of Charles Barrell, who hid from federal authorities in the Manti Temple; and an account of Wilford Woodruff's 1891 negotiations with the courts on the question of plural marriage.
1886-1887
8 18
Family and Personal Notes
A collection of rough biographical sketches, correspondence, journal notes, incomplete genealogical records, and a list of John Taylor's lesser-known wives.
8 19-20
Miscellaneous Notes
Notes maintained by Raymond and Samuel Taylor as they prepared the manuscript for The Kingdom or Nothing.
F: John Taylor Research Materials
Box Folder
9 1
Winter Quarters--Historical Records and News, Clippings
Actual and historical accounts of events at Winter Quarters as Mormons prepared for their trek to Utah, including the subject entry in Andrew Jenson's Encyclopedic History of the church; the Winter Quarters bishops' census; a December 16, 1846, report of the saints' destitution, published in the New York Tribune; "Justice for the Dead," a Deseret News article published July 18, 1936; and several excerpts from the Journal History of the Church.
1846-1936 August 29
9 2
"The Tragedy at Winter Quarters"
Andrew Jenson's historical series about the saints' stay at Winter Quarters, published in the Deseret News.
1936 August 15-November 7
9 3
Church Business--President-in-Exile
A letter from John Taylor and Parley P. Pratt concerning preparations at Winter Quarters for the trek across the plains; and a lengthy report of church affairs from Wilford Woodruff while Taylor was in exile.
1847 June 17; 1886 September 23
9 4
Ann Hughlings Pitchforth Taylor
Materials regarding Ann Hughlings Pitchforth Taylor, one of John Taylor's wives, including the will of her father, John Hughlings; a letter to her niece, Sarah; a letter she wrote to her parents upon her arrival in Nauvoo; a biographical sketch of her daughter, Sarah Barbara Pitchforth Kienke; letters to her sister and brother-in-law, Sarah and Samuel Jackson; and a letter to the editor of the London Times-News, concerning the search for genealogical information on the Pitchforth family.
1840 November 20-1845 May; 1928 August 15
9 5
Winter Quarters Chronology Cards
Index cards briefly chronicling events at Winter Quarters.
1846 August 4-1893 October 3
9 6
Biographies of John Taylor
Several short biographies of John Taylor, written by Matthias F. Cowley and H. J. Faust, among others.
9 7
Trustee-in-Trust Memorandum
John Taylor's official explanation of his position on the settlement of the Brigham Young estate.
9 8
Church Business--Presiding Apostle
Correspondence concerning a Coalville, Utah, couple's marital problems, compounded by the husband's desire to take a second wife; and the progress of political events in the church's fight against antipolygamy legislation.
1878 December 7-1887 February 19
9 9
Revelations on Priesthood Authority
Revelations concerning organization and succession in the priesthood.
1882
9 10
Writings of John Taylor
Excerpts from John Taylor's personal journal about the migration and Mormon Battalion; and his written testimony of modern prophecy as petitioned by Brigham Young.
1846 June 30-1870s
9 11-13
Sugar Beet Industry
Published accounts of John Taylor's failed attempt to bring France's sugar beet processing industry to Utah, including Beet Sugar in the West and Great Basin Kingdom by Leonard J. Arrington; The Beet Sugar Story by the United States Beet Sugar Association; "The Starting of the Sugar Industry in America," an essay by Kate C. Snow; and the Journal History of the Church; with references to Philip de la Mare, the Deseret Manufacturing Company, Sugar House, the Lehi sugar factory, and the Utah Sugar Company.
9 14
Biographical Documents--John Taylor
A list and brief biographical sketches of the wives of John Taylor; George Earl's written testimony that he guarded and resided with Taylor and several exiled apostles on John Woolley's farm in Centerville, Utah; a photograph of John Taylor, his son, George J. Taylor, and nephew, Angus M. Cannon; the "wanted" poster offering $800 for information leading to the capture of John Taylor and George Q. Cannon; a published tribute to Taylor in vol. 109, no. 179 of the Congressional Record; and Raymond Taylor's letter of thanks to Utah Sen. Frank Moss for that tribute.
1949 August 2-1963 December 20
9 15
Thomas Barnes
The letter of Carthage, Illinois, physician Thomas Barnes, to his daughter, Mirand, relaying his knowledge of the martyrdom at Carthage jail; correspondence concerning the search for Barnes's heir and the issue of John Taylor's unpaid bill for treatment he received.
1897 November 6; 1963 December 11-1964 February 13
9 16
Miscellaneous Biographical Documents
Excerpts from the John Beck Papers, containing information about the Bullion Beck Mining Company and the sale of capital stock in the mine to the Mormon church; an essay about the actions of Utah Judge William W. Drummond in office and his effect on the state; and record of the posthumous reinstatement of the priesthood and blessings of apostle John Whittaker Taylor, John Taylor's son, under the hand of Mormon President David O. Mckay.
1965 May 21
G: The Kingdom or Nothing--Rough Drafts and General Materials
Box Folder
10 1
Preface
10 2
"Champion of Rights"
10 3
Death of Brigham Young
10 4-6
John Taylor
10 7-9
Rewritten Portions
11A 1
Raymond Taylor's Letters on John Taylor
A chronological listing of Raymond Taylor's correspondence about events in John Taylor's life.
11A 2
Manuscript Outline and Correspondence
Raymond Taylor's early outline by chapter, and discussion between him and Sam concerning it.
1968 December 5-1969 January 13
11A 3
Manuscript Summary and Correspondence
Two versions of Raymond Taylor's synopsis of the new book and a letter from Sam with suggestions for improvement.
1968 November 16
11A 4-6
"Brigham Young's Legacy"
11A 7-10
"Battle to Recover Brigham's Loot"
11A 11-13
"The Death of Brigham Young"
11A 14-16
"The King is Dead"
11A 17-22
"The Kingdom and the Power"
11B 1-2
"The King is Dead"
11B 3-7
"Battle to Recover Brigham's Loot"
11B 8-11
"The Kingdom and the Power"
11B 12-19
"Thy Will Be Done"
11B 20-21
"The Lion's Roar Is Stilled"
11B 22-23
"The Lion's Roar Is Stilled"
11B 24
"Putting His House in Order"
11B 25-26
"The King Is Dead"
11B 27-30
"The Death of Brigham Young"
11B 31
Outline of John Taylor's Life
11B 32
"English and Canadian Period"
11B 33-36
"Champion of Rights"
12 1
Correspondence and Magazine Article
Correspondence between Raymond and Samuel Taylor concerning their work on the book; and "The Government of God," John Taylor's 1836 article, reprinted in the August 1971 issue of the Ensign.
1972 March 9-September 10
12 2
Prefatory Information
Samuel and Raymond Taylor's explanation of their work, including the concept, its formation into book form, the authors themselves, and contents.
12 3
Chapter Two: "Where Is Our Philip?"
12 4-5
Chapter Three: "Crisis in Kirtland"
12 6-7
Chapter Four: "Expel or Exterminate"
12 8-9
Chapter Five: "A Going Among the Mulberry Trees"
12 10-12
Chapter Six: "The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo"
12 13-15
Chapter Seven: "Winter Quarters"
12 16-17
Chapter Eight: "The Promised Land"
12 18
Chapter Eight: "The Sour Sweet Story"
12 19-20
Chapter One: "The Strange Death of Brigham Young"
12 21
Chapter Outlines
Outlines for chapters thirteen through twenty, titled "The Strange Death of Brigham Young," "Manacled Giant," "Renaissance in Deseret," "Jubilee," "The Gardo House," "The U. C. Crusade," "Underground," and "The Kingdom of God--or Nothing," respectively.
12 22
Chapter Twelve: "Manacled Giant"
12 23-24
Chapter Thirteen: "The Ghost of Brigham Young"
12 25
Prefatory Information
Samuel and Raymond Taylor's explanation of their work, including the concept, contents, and various tentative title pages.
12 26
Chapter Outlines
Outlines for chapters two through ten, titled "Crisis in Kirtland," "Rise and Fall of Nauvoo," "Exodus," "The Sour Sweet Story," "The Principle," "The Bullets Yet Hurt," "The Iron Horse," "Federal Authority vs. Polygamic Theocracy," and "Lion at Bay," respectively.
12 27
Chapter Outlines
Outlines for chapters fourteen through eighteen, titled "Jubilee," "The Gardo House," "The U. C. Crusade," "Underground," and "The Kingdom of God or Nothing," respectively.
13 1
Publisher Correspondence
A letter from Sam Taylor to Ray A. Roberts of the McMillan Publishing Company, discussing the marketing of Nightfall at Nauvoo, the development of The Kingdom or Nothing, and announcing the death of Raymond Taylor.
1973 August 28
13 2
Prefatory Information
The title page, dedication page, introduction, and table of contents.
13 3-4
Chapter One: "The Strange Death of Brigham Young"
13 5
Chapter Two: "Where Is Our Philip"
13 6
Chapter Three: "Crisis in Kirtland"
13 7-8
Chapter Four: "Expel or Exterminate"
13 9-10
Chapter Five: "A Going Among the Mulberry Trees"
13 11-13
Chapter Six: "The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo"
13 14-15
Chapter Seven: "Winter Quarters"
13 16
Chapter Eight: "The Promised Land"
13 17
"Who Would Succeed Brigham Young"
A chapter that was later deleted and incorporated in the last part of the chapter covering Brigham Young's death.
13 18
Chapter Nine: "Years of the Locust"
13 19
Chapter Ten: "Mission I: Fried Froth"
13 20-21
Chapter Eleven: "Mission II: Damn Miserable Company"
13 22
Chapter Twelve: "To Make a Spoon or Spoil a Horn"
13 23-24
Chapter Thirteen: "Latter-Day Joshua"
13 25-26
Chapter Fourteen: "The Kingdom or Nothing"
13 27
Chapter Fifteen: "The Beam and the Mote"
13 28
Chapter Sixteen: "A System Is on Trial"
13 29-30
Chapter Seventeen: "The Ghost of Brigham Young"
13 31
Chapter Eighteen: "Jubilee"
13 32
Chapter Nineteen: "The Gardo House"
13 33
Chapter Twenty: "In the Marriage Relation"
13 34
Chapter Twenty-One: "Skunks and Cohabs"
13 35
Chapter Twenty-Two: "The Do"
13 36
Chapter Twenty-Three: "The Thousand Cuts"
13 37
Chapter Twenty-Four: "The Last Pioneer"
13 38
Bibliography
H: The Kingdom or Nothing--Submitted Version
This is a photocopy of the draft by Samuel Taylor that was submitted to Macmillan Publishing Company, July 1, 1974, with the title, The Kingdom or Nothing: John Taylor, Pugnacious Prophet.
Box Folder
14 1
Introduction
14 2
Chapter One: "The Strange Death of Brigham Young"
14 3
Chapter Two: "Where Is Our Philip?"
14 4
Chapter Three: "Crisis in Kirtland"
14 5
Chapter Four: "Expel or Exterminate"
14 6
Chapter Five: "A Going Among the Mulberry Trees"
14 7
Chapter Six: "The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo"
14 8
Chapter Seven: "Winter Quarters"
14 9
Chapter Eight: "The Promised Land"
14 10
Chapter Nine: "Years of the Locust"
14 11
Chapter Ten: "Mission I: Fried Froth"
14 12
Chapter Eleven: "Mission II: Damn Miserable Company"
14 13
Chapter Twelve: "To Make a Spoon or Spill a Horn"
14 14
Chapter Thirteen: "Latter-Day Joshua"
14 15
Chapter Fourteen: "The Kingdom or Nothing"
14 16
Chapter Fifteen: "The Beam and the Mote"
14 17
Chapter Sixteen: "A System Is on Trial"
14 18
Chapter Seventeen: "The Ghost of Brigham Young"
14 19
Chapter Eighteen: "Jubilee"
14 20
Chapter Nineteen: "The Gardo House"
14 21
Chapter Twenty: "In the Marriage Relation"
14 22
Chapter Twenty-One: "Skunks and Cohabs"
14 23
Chapter Twenty-Two: "The Do"
14 24
Chapter Twenty-Three: "The Thousand Cuts"
14 25
Chapter Twenty-Four: "The Last Pioneer"
I: The Kingdom or Nothing--Cut Version
Included among the chapters of this revision, still titled The Kingdom or Nothing: John Taylor, Pugnacious Prophet, are a few pieces of correspondence between the Taylor brothers concerning revisions and personal matters.This final copy-edited version contains some typesetting notes but still bears the subtitle John Taylor, Pugnacious Prophet, as opposed to the eventual subtitle The Life a John Taylor, Militant Mormon.
Box Folder
15 1
Introduction
15 2
Chapter One: "The Strange Death of Brigham Young"
15 3
Chapter Two: "Where Is Our Philip?"
15 4
Chapter Three: "Crisis in Kirtland"
15 5
Chapter Four: "Expel or Exterminate"
15 6
Chapter Five: "A Going Among the Mulberry Trees"
15 7
Chapter Six: "The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo"
15 8
Chapter Seven: "Winter Quarters"
15 9
Chapter Eight: "The Promised Land"
15 10
Chapter Nine: "Years of the Locust"
15 11
Chapter Ten: "Mission I: Fried Froth"
15 12
Chapter Eleven: "Mission II: Damn Miserable Company"
15 13
Chapter Twelve: "To Make a Spoon or Spill a Horn"
15 14
Chapter Thirteen: "Latter-Day Joshua"
15 15
Chapter Fourteen: "The Kingdom or Nothing"
15 16
Chapter Fifteen: "The Beam and the Mote"
15 17
Chapter Sixteen: "A System Is on Trial"
15 18
Chapter Seventeen: "The Ghost of Brigham Young"
15 19
Chapter Eighteen: "Jubilee"
15 20
Chapter Nineteen: "The Gardo House"
15 21
Chapter Twenty: "In the Marriage Relation"
15 22
Chapter Twenty-One: "Skunks and Cohabs"
15 23
Chapter Twenty-Two: "The Do"
15 24
Chapter Twenty-Three: "The Thousand Cuts"
15 25
Chapter Twenty-Four: "The Last Pioneer"
15 26
Bibliography
16 1
Introduction
16 2
Chapter One: "The Strange Death of Brigham Young"
16 3
Chapter Two: "Where Is Our Philip?"
16 4
Chapter Three: "Crisis in Kirtland"
16 5
Chapter Four: "Expel or Exterminate"
16 6
Chapter Five: "A Going Among the Mulberry Trees"
16 7
Chapter Six: "The Rise and Fall of Nauvoo"
16 8
Chapter Seven: "Winter Quarters"
16 9
Chapter Eight: "The Promised Land"
16 10
Chapter Nine: "Years of the Locust"
16 11
Chapter Ten: "Mission I: Fried Froth"
16 12
Chapter Eleven: "Mission II: Damn Miserable Company"
16 13
Chapter Twelve: "To Make a Spoon or Spill a Horn"
16 14
Chapter Thirteen: "Latter-Day Joshua"
16 15
Chapter Fourteen: "The Kingdom or Nothing"
16 16
Chapter Fifteen: "The Beam and the Mote"
16 17
Chapter Sixteen: "A System Is on Trial"
16 18
Chapter Seventeen: "The Ghost of Brigham Young"
16 19
Chapter Eighteen: "Jubilee"
16 20
Chapter Nineteen: "The Gardo House"
16 21
Chapter Twenty: "In the Marriage Relation"
16 22
Chapter Twenty-One: "Skunks and Cohabs"
16 23
Chapter Twenty-Two: "The Do"
16 24
Chapter Twenty-Three: "The Thousand Cuts"
16 25
Chapter Twenty-Four: "The Last Pioneer"
16 26
Bibliography
16 27
Review and Advertisement
A review of The Kingdom or Nothing in Peninsula Living, a San Francisco Bay Area publication; and Macmillan Publishing Company's print advertisement for the book.2
1975 May 3-1976

II:  John W. TaylorReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Correspondence
Box Folder
17 1
John W. Taylor to Janet Woolley Taylor
Personal correspondence concerning family matters and finances, including the Chinook Stock Company. Some letters written by Taylor while in hiding.
1897-1912
17 2
John W. Taylor to Children
Letters to Joseph, Rachel and Alta Taylor.
1898-1914
17 3
John W. Taylor to Ellen Taylor and Children
Written from El Paso & Los Angeles and deals with his involvement in mining in the Rio Virgin Valley.
1916
17 4
John W. Taylor-Miscellaneous
Letters relate primarily to various financial and business matters, including irrigation & mining ventures. Also contains a letter from the Colorado Mission describing problems there (May 7, 1900).
1882-1915
17 5
Janet Woolley Taylor to Miscellaneous
Personal correspondence to friends and relatives. The 1948 letter to J. Reuben Clark asks his opinion of articles written by Samuel Taylor on history of Taylor, Woolley, and Clark families.
1886-1948
17 6
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Business and General
Primarily financial matters concerning banks, loans, taxes, and property. Also correspondence regarding children to board at her home and letters of recommendation from the Utah State Hospital where she was employed.
1897-1940
17 7
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Miscellaneous Personal
Correspondence from relatives and friends discussing family and personal affairs. Letters of condolences for the deaths of John W. Taylor, her husband, in 1916, and Joseph, her son, in 1919.
1889-1929
17 8
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Miscellaneous Personal
Letters from friends and relatives dealing with family and personal matters. Much of correspondence is concerned with the Woolley family history and particularly information pertaining to Samuel W. Woolley.
1930-1948
17 9
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Maggie Palmer
Letters of both financial and personal nature. Several discuss the doctine and practice of plural marriage in their own families.
1898-1948
17 10
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Woolley family
Family news and finances, some discussion of polygamy.
1906-1942
17 11
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Children
1912-1940
17 12
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Horace
Letters from Horace (no last name, probably Woolley) advising her on financial matters and facts he recalls regarding her father's life.
1912-1942
17 13
To Janet Woolley from Matthias F. Cowley
Letters of friendship and condolences; offers financial aid.
1916-1939
17 14
To Janet Woolley Taylor from Hattie
Correspondence from Hattie (no last name) primarily regarding the death of her husband, Dilworth and the blindness of her son. Also discussion of histories of Woolley and Cahoon families.
1919-1942
17 15
To Janet Woolley Taylor from May Taylor
Family affairs and finances.
1921-1932
17 16
Canadian Property
Janet Woolley Taylor's correspondence with May Taylor and officials of the Knight Sugar Company concerning property in Canada owned by John W. Taylor.
1938
17 17
To Rachel Cahoon Woolley from Wooley and Cahoon families and friends, South Cottonwood
Andrew Cahoon to Rachel, Samuel, and Mariah Woolley. Expresses opinions highly critical of church; brief mention of the United Order.
1874 June 24
17 18
Miscellaneous Correspondence
Correspondence among Woolley and Taylor family members.
B: John W. Taylor and Janet Woolley Taylor
Box Folder
18 1
John W. Taylor-Biographical material
Notes on life, biographical sketches, excerpts from Abraham Cannon's journal, letter of Matthias F. Cowley.
18 2
Colorado Mission
Letters of release for missionaries serving at Colorado Mission. Signed by Horace S. Ensign in 1899.
18 3
Patriarchal Blessing
Blessing of John W. Taylor, 1900.
18 4
Genealogy
Genealogical records and notes of children of John W. and Janet Woolley Taylor.
18 5
Excommunication, Council of Twelve Meeting
Minutes of meetings at which John W. Taylor and Matthias Cowley were excommunicated; testimonies of their involvement in plural marriages.
1911
18 6
Speeches
Speeches and remarks of John W. Taylor at General Conferences from 1898-1903.
18 7
Tres Amigos Gold Mining Company
Correspondence, agreements, and reports relating to John W. Taylor's holdings in the Tres Amigos Mining Company. Also a pamphlet of the International Gold and Copper Company.
18 8
Programs, cards, and invitations from the Taylors
18 9
Programs, cards, and invitations to the Taylors
C: Janet Woolley Taylor--Personal Material
Box Folder
19 1
Autograph Album
1887-1894
19 2
Daughters of Utah Pioneers
Application for membership, membership card, guidelines for writing histories.
19 3
Interview with Samuel Taylor
Interviews between Nettie and Samuel Taylor discussing her life with John W., his excommunication, and revealing what life was like in a plural marriage.
1936-1949
19 4
Legal Documents
Notices of assessed valuations, sale agreements, mortgages, warranty deeds.
1900-1949
19 5-6
Notebooks of life and travels
Day books, autobiographical sketches, accounts of trips to Mexico, Canada, Denver, and Niagra Falls, and book of recipes.
19 7
Patriarchal Blessings
Blessings for Janet Woolley Taylor.
1870-1911
19 8
Poetry and Notes
19 9-10
School Material
Compositions, math, maps, criticisms.
19 11
Speeches and writings
19 12
Newsclippings
D: Janet Woolley Taylor-Finances
Box Folder
20 1
Banking, books
1893-1910
20 2
Banking, books
1899-1906
20 3
Receipts, Tithing and Bishop's Storehouse
1897-1908
20 4
Invoices
1895-1908
20 5
Miscellaneous receipts and papers
1900-1914
D: Carruth, Cahoon, and Woolley Families
Box Folder
21 1
Carruth Family Genealogy
Articles on origin of names and coat of arms.
21 2
Janet Carruth Young Cahoon
Biographical sketch (Grandmother of Janet Wooley on mother's side).
21 3
Margaret Carruth Cahoon
Autobiographical sketch (sister to Janet Carruth Young Cahoon).
21 4
Mary Cahoon and Andrew Cahoon
Biographical sketches (sister to Janet CarruthYoung Cahoon; grandfather and grandmother of Janet Woolley Taylor).
21 5
Woolley Family Genealogies
Notes on Genealogy and "The Name and Family of Woolley," compiled by the Media Research Bureau. Examines history of name.
21 6
Samuel Woolley and Maria Woolley
Biographical sketches of Samuel Woolley written by daughter, Janet; and Maria Woolley, first wife of Samuel.
21 7
Patriachal Blessing
Blessing of Samuel W. Woolley, 1868.
21 8
Rachel Cahoon Woolley
Biographical material (second wife of Samuel Woolley Taylor).
21 9
Rachel Cahoon Woolley
Biographies written by Janet Woolley Taylor.
21 10
Rachel Cahoon Woolley
Journal of the underground--account of trip to southern Utah and St. George while underground in 1886.
E: John W. Taylor-Reinstatement
Box Folder
22 1
Correspondence--Samuel and Raymond Taylor
Letters between Sam and Ray dealing with their efforts to have their father reinstated. Also contains some information pertaining to John W. and his wives.
1965-1969
22 2
Correspondence
Correspondence between Samuel and Raymond Taylor, officials of the church, and others regarding reinstatement as well as additional material on John W. Taylor.
1965-1967
22 3
Reinstatement of John W. Taylor
Includes official decision regarding reinstatement, a copy of family genealogy, a record of reinstatement.

III:  Samuel W. TaylorReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Correspondence and Research Materials
Box Folder
23 1
Correspondence with Janet Woolley Taylor
To Sam and Gay Taylor from Janet W. Taylor supporting Sam's desire to write a biography of John W. Taylor and making suggestions of people to contact who knew him.
1927-1948
23 2
To Gay Taylor
Letters written by Sam Taylor to his wife while overseas during World War II and while in southern Utah filming "Uranium Fever" in the 1950s.
1944-1955
23 3-6
Correspondence Regarding John W. Taylor
Letters written by Sam Taylor to members of the immediate family, close friends, and associates of John W. Taylor requesting information concerning his life. Responses, in form of reminiscences and stories, provide additional research material regarding his activities in the church, in business, in Canada, and Mexico.
1935-1939
23 7
Correspondence from Relatives
Letters deal with family matters, information on John W. Taylor, and progress with the biography.
23 8
Correspondence With Publishers Regarding Family Kingdom
1947-1951
23 9
General Correspondence
Primarily business correspondence with bookstores and publishers concerning Sam Taylor's writing. Letters deal with articles, Family Kingdom, Nightfall at Nauvoo, and The Kingdom or Nothing. Also included is a letter to the editor of Dialogue (December 7, 1966) highly critical of a negative review of Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History.
1936-1972
23 10
Interviews Regarding John W. Taylor
Notes taken from conversations with people who knew John W., such as Ruth T. Williams, M. Wilford Poulson, T.N. Taylor, Fred W. Taylor, and Ida and John M. Whitaker, among others. They relate stories concerning John W. on variety of subjects including his interest in Canadian land ventures, his financial problems, and his personality.
23 11
Research Material-John W. Taylor
Miscellaneous research notes taken from articles, books, diaries, and letters.
23 12
Research Materials-Matthias Cowley
Funeral program, 1940; Millennial Star, 1941, featured article
23 13
Research Materials-Deseret Sunday School Union Board, Resolutions
1895
23 14
Research Materials-Joseph B. Taylor
Lecture on the Holy Ghost at a Relief Society Meeting in 1898.
23 15
Research Materials-Legal Documents
Deeds of Trust and Warranty Deeds
1878-1895
23 16
Research Materials-Thesis on Mormonism
Snider, Cecil A., Development of Attitudes in Sectarian Conflict: A Study of Mormonism in Illinois Comtemporary Newspaper Sources. State University of Iowa, 1933. Thesis with notes by Samuel Taylor. (Chronological index and notes, See Bx 49, Fd 10).
23 17
Research Materials-Wilford Woodruff
Invitation and program for birthday anniversary in 1897.
23 18
Research Materials-Miscellaneous
An incomplete Patriarchial Blessing; list of stake presidents and high councilers; History of the Deseret News and a copy of a 1850 paper.
B: Writings
Box Folder
24 1
"Adventures in Research"
24 2
"Discovering Deseret: The Last Literary Frontier"
Talk before the Western Writers' Convention, Utah State University, June, 1976.
24 3
"Faith, Mythology, and the Curious Case of the Bye Bye Brodie Book"
Article examines Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History and other interpretations of Joseph Smith.
24 4
"Father Had Six Wives"
Preface and introduction to the original version of Family Kingdom.
1950
24 5
"Her Dividends Are Children"
Story of Ettie Lee and her establishment of rehabilitation homes for teenagers.
24 6
Holiday Magazine article
Summarized version of Family Kingdom.
24 7
"How to Read a Mormon Scholar"
24 8
"How Well is the Word of Wisdom Working?"
24 9
"I Have Six Wives," Travel Magazine: 22
1953 November
24 10
"John Taylor: Forgotten Man of Mormon History"
Talk at the University of Utah Library, March 26, 1974.
24 11
"Letter to a Young Mormon Writer"
1955
24 12
"Little Did She Realize: Writing for the Mormon Market"
24 13
"A Little Known Feud: John Taylor and Brigham Young"
24 14
"My Mormon Family," Holiday Magazine
24 15
"Predicament of the Mormon Writer: Peculiar People and Positive Thinkers"
Two versions.
24 16
"San Mateo Stake...the First 121 Years" and "Redwood City Ward...the First 40 Years"
24 17
"The Second Coming of Santa Claus"
Article about John W. Taylor's plural marriages.
24 18
"Some Thoughts on E.S.P."
Written by Samuel and Raymond Taylor.
24 19
Synopsis of a Screenplay on Alcoholism
24 20
"Through Darkest Utah: Stalking the Wily Mugbook," also "What Sam Taylor Could Have Said," by Edward L. Kimball. The Carpenter: Reflections of Mormon Life.
1971
24 21
"Utah," Holiday Magazine.
24 22
"Utah's Sour Sugar Story"
C: Writing-Plays
Box Folder
25 1
"Fever"
Screenplay of Uranium Fever, 1950
25 2
"The Hyde Side"
Screenplay
25 3
"The Square Needle"
25 4
"The Two-Step Ladder"
Loosely based on his own family.
D: Family Kingdom--Anatomy of a Book and Miscellaneous
Box Volume
26 1-3
Selected correspondence regarding Family Kingdom
Letters reveal many of the problems associated with the research and writing of the book. Majority of correspondence is between Samuel and Raymond Taylor.
1935-1951
27 1-2
Miscellancous Material. Some notes on publishing a book, as distinguished from writing one. News clippings, reviews, correspondence, research material
Folder
27 1
Book Covers
27 2
Publicity
Publicity and previews of Family Kingdom, written by Raymond Taylor.
27 3
Publishers
Order forms, invoices, Memorandum of Agreement.
27 4
Newsclippings and reviews
27 5
British newsclippings and reviews
Volume
28 1-2
First complete draft
Folder
28 1
Supplement
28 2
Play
Volume
29 1
Correspondence and presentations
Letters with publisher, various chapters from the book, reviews.
29 2
"Nauvoo: A Concept" and "The Nauvoo Nobody Knows"
Early versions of book.
29 3
Notes and chapters
Research material
E: Nightfall at Nauvoo
Box Volume
30 1
First rough draft
31 1
Original copy before cutting
32 1
Copy-edited manuscript
1971
32 2
Galleys
Folder
32 1
Newsclippings and reviews
F: Gay Taylor
Box Folder
33 1
Zion Town, By Phebe Thurber and Gay Taylor
1976
33 2
Something About the Dimicks, by Ephraim John Dimick as told to Gay Dimick Taylor

IV:  Uranium FeverReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Correspondence and Reviews
Box Folder
34 1
Correspondence
Letters of Raymond Taylor and various individuals and companies requesting information on uranium and mining. Contains some research material.
1967-1968
34 2
Correspondence
Correspondence between Sam and Ray Taylor and Ray Roberts of Mac Millian Company concerning the publication of Uranium Fever. Letters contain some researcch material.
1968-1973
34 3-4
Correspondence
Promotion and publicity-Ray Taylor correspondence arranging for autograph parties, engagements to speak before meeting and clubs, and newspapers and television interviews throughout Utah to help promote Uranium Fever. Also correspondence with journals arranging for reviews fo book.
1970
34 5-6
Reviews
34 7
Correspondence and reviews
Bound collection of letters concerned with the completion of Uranium Fever and reviews of the book. Introduction by Sam Taylor relates anecdotes of incidents while promoting the book.
B: Research Materials
Box Folder
35 1
H. W. Balsley and the Colorado Mining Association
Sketch of Balsley's involvement in Uranium mining in Colorado and Utah; scientific and technical reports on uranium and carnonite; two speeches given by Balsley before the Colorado Mining Association on the problems faced by the small miner; newsletter of the Colorado Mining Association; a history of uranium in the four corners area of the southwest.
1940s and 1950s
35 2
Colorado Plateau
Notes by Sam Taylor of a trip taken in the Colorado Plateau, November, 1967. Traveled throughout southern Utah and Colorado talking to people associated with uranium and gaining research information. Much of information deals with Vernon Pick and Stella Dysart.
35 3
Shumway, Gary Lee. The Development of the Uranium Industry in San Juan County, Brigham Young University
1964
35 4
Stella Dysart-Correspondence dealing with her illegal activities under the name of the Northern Oil Company
35 5
Stella Dysart-hearings of the Northern Oil Company
Volume
35 1
Stella Dysart-bound volume containing research material of her activities
Folder
36 1
Geiger Counter Murder
Research notes on the Le Roy Wilson murder case, including interviews with persons either associated with the case of present at the trial.
36 2
Greiger Counter Murder
Bound volume of research material relating to the Le Roy Wilson murder; miscellaneous research material.
36 3
Mining Laws
Laws pertaining to the Orphan Mine in the Grand Canyon.
36 4
Moab, Utah
The Moab Story, by Otho Murphy; brochures on the Minerals Symposium held in Moab, 1967; newspaper articles pertaining to uranium in Moab.
36 5
New Mexico
History of discovery of uranium near Grants, New Mexico; report on the Homestake -- Sapin Partners Uranium Mill; New Mexico Progress, September, 1967; Rio De Ona, 1956, First Annual Report; newspaper articles.
36 6
The Orphan Ore Deposit, by Max E. Kofford
1956
36 7
Vernon Pick
Correspondence and research material pertaining to Vernon Pick, includes letters between Pick and Olive Hunt. Also a map of south-central Utah outlines routes used by Pick.
36 8
Vernon Pick
Bound volume of research material on Pick, including magazine articles, correspondence between Pick and Olive Hunt, depositions, and a Brief of Appellants in the Pick-Hunt court case.
36 9
Vernon Pick
Affidavits of members of the Hunt family regarding Pick and the discovery of the Delta Mine.
36 10
Vernon Pick
Transcripts of the court case of Vernon Pick and Kay and Andrew Hunt, 1956.
37 1
Charles Steen
Bound volume of newspaper and magazine articles pertaining to Steen and "Mi Vida."
37 2
Raymond Taylor
Notebook of miscellaneous research items and notes.
37 3
Samuel Taylor
Notebooks of research and interviews.
37 4
Uranium
Newspapers and magazine articles on uranium.
37 5
Uranium-Miscellaneous
Government reports; notes on the Yellow Circle Uranium Property; list of Libraries where other Unclassified Reports are Available for Examination; maps and graphs.
37 6
Miscellaneous Research
Bound volume of research including material on the "Big boys, the Bean Hole Murders" the journals of David E. Lillienthal, and the hearings of the investigation of the Atomic Energy Commission.
37 7
Miscellaneous Research
Bound volume of magazine and journal articles pertaining to uranium. Also additional information on the Orphan Mine and Vernon Pick.
C: Documentary Movie
Box Folder
38 1
"Uranium Fever," screenplay by Samuel Taylor
38 2
Miscellaneous Materials
Bound volume of research materials and correspondence pertaining to the documentary movie and uranium.
D: "Uranium Age," by Raymond Taylor
Box Folder
39 1-13
Outlines, loose chapters, revisions, bibliography
Volume
40 1
Manuscript
1967
E: Uranium Fever
Box Volume
41 1
First draft
1968
41 2
Publisher's draft
1970
Folder
42 1
Galleys

V:  Raymond W. TaylorReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Consumer Water Agency, Correspondence and General Materials
Agency run by Ray Taylor that dealt with the development of mining claims and particularly the sale of lands in Southern Utah. Concerned at one time with the development of a town, Church Wells, and subdivisions in Kane County.
Box Folder
43 1
Consumers Agency
General correspondence on Ray Taylor's uranium strike and claims owned in southern Utah.
1955-1956
43 2
Consumers Water Agency
Correspondence with Dr. H.B. Dearman pertaining to the advantages and disadvantages of using polygraph tests in Taylor's business.
1964-1965
43 3
Consumers Water Agency
General correspondence with pro-speculative buyers and stockholders concerning land sales and uranium stock.
1966-1968
43 4
Jack Wilson
Letters pertaining to business dealings between Wilson & Taylor--uranium and land sales, staking--out new claims, status on Jack Wilson and Fever claims.
1967
43 5
Dale E. Clarkson and D Land Title
Correspondence between the two companies dealing with lands owned by each in southern Utah.
43 6
Garkane Power Association
Correspondences dealing with billings and contracts for service.
1968-1970
43 7-9
Consumer Water Agency
General correspondence with prospective buyers, stockholders and investors concerning property in southern Utah. Letters deal with land sales, water rights, and future business potential.
1969-1972
43 10
Consumers Water Agency
Bound volume of correspondence and materials pertaining to agency. Letters from 1954-1962 dealing with uranium and land deals, maps, newletters, articles.
44 1
"Consumer Newsletters" and Stockholders Reports
Includes geological and mineral reports.
1955-1966
44 2
Consumers Newsletter Subscription Forms
44 3
Maps--property owned by agency, water districts, proposed subdivisions, and oil lease locations
44 4
Mines--statements of partnership, agreements, easements, quit claims, deeds, affidavits of discovery work, and notices of mining locations
44 5
Mines, Arizona
Report on location of mining claims in the state, geological report on uranium claims, map of Houserock Uranium Corporation.
44 6
Mines--claims, notices of location
44 7
Mines, Fever Claim--investigation, geological reports, maps
44 8
Mines--mineral analysis of claims
44 9
Polygraph--Paper on Lie dectors
"Crime is a Universal Problem"
44 10
Promotion and news items-brochures, articles, newsletters
44 11
Provo directory of Consumer Agency, Ray Taylor, Dee Taylor, and Annie Taylor
1953-1973
44 12
Public Auction of Land at Powell Lake, Utah--notice
44 13
Reports--financial reports, report of trips to property
44 14
"Toy Soldiers," by John Manning
Speech copyrighted by Consumers Water Agency
1966
44 15
Miscellaneous Notes
B: Raymond W. Taylor--Correspondence
Box Folder
45 1-2
Ray to Janet Taylor
Letters from Ray to his mother discussing church work, business finances, the depression, and the war.
1927-1942
45 3
Ray to Annie Taylor (wife)
Letters dealing with his clothing business.
1947
45 4
Ray and Ruth Fors
Correspondence concerning Ray's work on John Taylor at the Church Historian Office. Letters contain a small amount of research material.
1965-1968
45 5-6
Samuel Taylor and Ruth Fors Taylor
Correspondence pertains primarily to Ray and the research he had done on John Taylor prior to his death. Letters indicate that they are continuing the research on Taylor but have problems obtaining material & information from the Church Historian Office. Letters contain some research information and discussions of Ray and his work.
1972-1976
45 7
Govenor J. Bracken Lee
Correspondence concerning legislation opposed by Taylor (S. 40-Transferance of general power of eminent domain from the state to private institutions), and his attempts to convince Governor Lee to veto it.
1953
45 8
Senator Arthur Watkins
Letter from Watkins to Taylor discussing possibilities of placing him in a state department position. Also several drafts of a letter from Ray to Watkins in which he offers his apoligies for a poor program which he wrote & which was adopted at the Utah County Convention.
1954
45 9
Utah Politicians
Letters to State Senators Clegg and Hunter, Attorney General E.R. Callister, and Governor George Clyde expressing his opposition to S. 250, the Brigham Young University Eminent Domain Bill.
1957
45 10
Juanita Brooks
Correspondence between Taylor and Brooks relating to their current activities, research pertaining to John Taylor, and their opinions on Mormon Historians and the writing of Mormon history.
1966
45 11
Frank C. Robertson
Correspondence between Taylor and Robertson, author of the "Chopping Block" newspaper column. Letters deal primarily with Robertsons declining health, as well as the publication of Uranium Fever.
1969
45 12
Retirement
Letters pertaining to Taylors mandatory retirement from the Sheriff's Office of Utah County and his resulting benefits and compensations.
1969
45 13
Fawn Brodie
Letters relating to Brodie's engagement to speak before the Utah State Historical Society at Brigham Young University.
1969-1970
45 14
"Black Stick"
Correspondence with Nauvoo Restoration, Inc., the Utah State Historical Society, and others regarding Taylor's research and article on the "Secret Order of the Black Sticks." Also a letter from Dale Morgan (January 8, 1970) indicating that he knows nothing about the subject.
1969-1972
45 15
Dennis Quinn
Letters between Taylor and Quinn, who was also doing research on polygamy. An exchange of information and sources for material on polygamy as well as the practice of plural marriage by fundamentalists today.
1970-1971
45 16
Correspondence
Letters pertaining to the research and writing of Family Kingdom. Letter from Joseph Fielding Smith concerning rules for research in the Church Historians Office (October 7, 1948).
1936-1948
45 17
Correspondence
Correspondence with publishers pertaining to Family Kingdom and publicity arranged by Ray to promote the book.
January-February 1951
45 18
Correspondence
Friends and relatives responses to Family Kingdom; disapproval of book by church hierarchy; arrangements for speaking engagements and publicity.
March-December 1951
45 19
Correspondence
Correspondence with publishers re: "Polygamy Is No Picnic."
1952-1958
45 20
Correspondence
Letters resquesting information concerning the lesser known wives of John Taylor; letters pertaining to Ray's will; correspondence from Ogden Kraut concerning the plural marriages of John Taylor and John W. Taylor (December 17, 1966).
1962-1967
45 21
Correspondence
Research information for Uranium Fever and John Taylor; letter from Ogden Kraut (December 17, 1968).
1968
45 22
Correspondence
Letters pertaining to activities of Utah State Historical Society; responses of friends and associates to Taylor books; death of Ray's wife, Annie.
1969
45 23
Correspondence
Correspondence on variety of subjects-general research information; marriage of Ray and Ruth Fors.
1970 January-June
45 24
Research
General research on John Taylor; article by Ray's on ESP.
1970 September-December
45 25
General Materials
Letters with friends concerning Taylor book; arrangements for speaking engagements.
1971 January-July
45 26
Research
John Taylor research; promotion for new edition of Family Kingdom; response to Nightfall at Nauvoo.
1971 August-December
45 27
League of Utah Writers
Ray's association with the League of Utah Writers.
1972
45 28
Primarily family correspondence on a variety of subjects
C: Personal Papers, Speeches, Writings
Box Folder
46 1
Auto Insurance Policy Statements
1970
46 2
Certificate of Jail Management
1960
46 3
Election Poster, Utah County Sheriff
46 4
David Hoy-ESP
Photograph brochure, news release.
46 5
Magazine article on Ray and uranium, People Today
1954
46 6
Frank C. Robertson
Obiturary; letter by son to friends of Robertson concerning his death; dedication of grave; agreement between Taylor & Robertson on writing of "Phantom Treasures" and "Chopping Block" article, 1951.
46 7
Annie Taylor-certificate of death; personological analysis; medical analysis
46 8
Uranium
Forms for oral histories; student research.
46 9
Will, Death Certificate, Financial information
46 10
Speeches
Talk given at funeral of Ferris W. Hoover.
46 11
Speeches
Introductions of Samuel Taylor given by Ray for various speaking engagements.
46 12
Speeches
League of Utah Writers; drafts of speech; program for Deamond Jubilee; "Lariat," 1952.
46 13
Speeches
Republican Party dinner, 1950s.
46 14
Speeches
"Uranium Fever or No Talk Under $1 Million." Talk to be given before the Senior Citizen's at Elder Center, Provo.
46 15
Speech and Writings
Church related-talks and articles on religious subjects.
46 16
Writings
"Some Thoughts on ESP," and "ESP by Other Names is Traditional with LDS."
46 17
Writings
"The Lesser-Known Wives of John Taylor."
46 18
Writings
"No Ma' am That's Not History...A Re-examination."
46 19
Writings
"The Prophet Joseph (Schadle, that is)."
46 20
Writings
Miscellaneous.
46 21
Newspaper clippings
47 1-3
"Polygamy is No Picnic" (manuscript)
Box
48
D: Writings-Black Stick Articles
Box Folder
48 1
Research notes and materials pertaining to the Black Sticks, a secret organization formed following Joseph Smith's death whose purpose was to seek vengeance for his murder. Included with research materials are photographs of the black stick cane.
48 2
"A Legend of the coffin canes"
48 3
"The Secret Order of Black Sticks and Initiation of the Oath of Vengeance"
48 4
"The Legend of the Black Sticks," with notes by Sam Taylor
48 5
"The Legend of the Friends to the Martyrs," corrected version
48 6
"The Legend of the Friends to the Martyrs," Bound copy
E: Research Materials
Box Folder
49 1
"Among the Poncas," by W.C.S. Reminiscence of his mission to the Ponca Indians during 1847, near Winter Ouarters. "Journey Across the Plains," by John Taylor
1847
49 2
"Environment: Nauvoo Period 1839-1846" Summary and conclusions by Kenneth W. Godfrey, B.Y.U. Paper on the reasons for the Mormon-Gentile conflict in Nauvoo
1967
49 3
"Federal Government Efforts to 'Americanize' Utah Before Admission to Statehood," by Gustive Larson
49 4
"Joseph Smith Among the Egyptians," by Wesley P. Walters
An examination of the source of Joseph Smith's Book of Abraham.
49 5
"Mormonism; Its Leaders and Designs," by John Hyde
Notes on book.
49 6
"San Juan Pioneer and Hole-in-the-Rock," by James C. Dean
49 7
"Settlement of the Brigham Young Estate" by Leonard Arrington
1877-1879
49 8
"Sir Richard Burton: Exceptional Observer of the Mormon Scene," by Fawn M. Brodie. Speach given before the Provo branch of the Utah State Historical Society on Burton's observations on Mormonism
49 9
"Utah and Her People, As I Have Found Them," by Beth Fisher
Article written by a non-Mormon from the wid-west relating her favorable impressions of the life and people of Utah.
49 10
The Wasp-excerpts from Mormon Newspaper
Snider Thesis-chronological index and notes (for complete thesis see Bx 23, Fd 16).
1842-1843
50 1
Adam, Our God, Theory
"Adam, Our Father, and God," from the Journal of Discourses, reprinted in the Millennial Star, Vol. 48 (November 26, 1853).
50 2
Ezra Taft Benson
Correspondence pertaining to Benson as a leader of conservatism in both religion and politics, and particulary his associations with the John Birch Society. Includes copies of letters of Dwight D. Eisenhower and Joseph Fielding Smith to Congressman Ralph R. Hardin Benson's activities.
50 3
George Q. Cannon
First Presidency Journal, 26-27 September 1886 (photocopy); Journal of George Q. Cannon, 26-28 September 1886 (photocopy); sworn statement of Lorin C. Woolley concerning a revelation of John Taylor (typescript).
50 4
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
"Composition of Church Membership 1920-1970: Geographical and Chronolgical Trends," by Richard O. Cowan.
50 5
J. Reuben Clark
Biographical sketches; chronology of his career; bibliography cards of his works; speech of 1951, "Who is This Jesus?" Article from Improvement Era in 1961, "Blessed are They That Have Not Seen, Yet Have Believed."
50 6
Oliver Cowdery
Notes on Cowdery's letters in which he discusses Joseph Smith's visions and his arrest in 1826; correspondence pertaining to Cowdery's disapproval of power struggle within the church hierarchy (1838); quotation from "Second Elder Oliver Cowdery's Renunciation of Mormonism and his Defense for So Doing" [spurious].
50 7
Founding of Grantsville
Radio script for Auerbach's production of "Pioneer Tales" (1944).
50 8
Samuel Gilson
"Sam Gilson and Gilsonite," from The Story of Gilsonite; excerpt from "Utah's Cinderella Minerals," Utah Historical Quarterly; Gilson's obituary.
50 9
Heber J. Grant
"An Open Letter to Heber J. Grant Answering His criticism of W.P.A." Written by a Mormon and W.P.A. worker.
50 10
Daniel Harrington
Additions to his memoirs; a personal sketch of John Taylor.
50 11
Ammon Hennacy
Correspondence with Ray Taylor; journal and newspaper article written by Hennacy; obituraries.
50 12
William McBride
1851, June 24-experiences of Tooele Expedition against the Indians.
50 13
Mormonism-Bibliographies and Mormon materials
Lists of general histories and manuscripts; Mormon material at Huntington and Bancroft Libraries; inventory of Mormon diaries, journals, and life sketches.
50 14
Mormonism-Fundamentalists
Pamphlets issued by the Doers of the Word, a fundamentalist Mormon sect.
50 15
Mormonism-Fundamentalists
Pamphlet by the Church of The Firstborn of the Fullness of Times. Also a letter from a Salt Lake Attorney outlining the beliefs of many fundamentalists regarding plural marriage. Letter refers to revelations of John Taylor and his involvement in polygamy.
50 16
Mormonism-History
Excerpts from the Warsaw Signal and other miscellaneous notes relating to Mormon history of 1840s and 1850s.
50 17
Mormonism-Miscellaneous Materials
Research notes pertaining to the writing of the John Taylor and John W. Taylor books and other Mormon related materials
50 18
Mormonism-Negro Doctrine
Newspaper articles pertaining to the doctrine of witholding the priesthood from black Latter-day Saint church members.
50 19
Morrisites
Article on the Morrisite movement in Utah during the 1860s the opposition it faced from the Brighamites. (Salt Lake Tribune, July 16, 1891)
50 20
Nauvoo Legion
Revised laws of the Nauvoo Legion from the Constitution of the United States (1844).
50 21
Nauvoo Neighbor
Excerpts from the Nauvoo Neighbor for 1844.
50 22
LaMar Peterson-Excommunication
Correspondence pertaining to the trial and excommunication of Peterson and his wife Faye Peterson in 1969. Letters between Peterson and the High Council; formal notice of excommunication; letters of support for the Petersons from family members requesting excommunication as well; other letters of support from friends including Juanita Brooks and Sterling McMurrin.
50 23
Parley P. Pratt
Notes on the life of Pratt including letters and articles written by him.
50 24
Proclamation by Governor
Statement warning members of the church against the practice of polygamy, by Caleb W. West, 1886.
50 25
Amanda Smith
Narrative of the Haun's Mill Massacre as written by one of the survivors. Copied from The Historical Record, vol. 5 (July 1886).
50 26
Joseph Smith
Miscellaneous research material pertaining to Joseph Smith and events at Carthage.
50 27
Joseph F. Smith
Biographical sketch.
50 28
William Smith
Partiarchal blessings performed by Smith; copy of visions of Lucy Smith stating that her son William was to head the church (taken from the journal of John Taylor, 1845).
50 29
Lorenzo Snow
"Greeting to the World," by Lorenzo Snow. Speech delivered at the Centennial Services, January 1, 1901.
50 30
Sugar Industry
Articles on the history of the sugar industry in Utah.
50 31
Brigham Young-Will and Estate
Copy of will; "Fraud on the Will," article pertaining to controversy surrounding estate; report of committee auditing Trustee-in-Trust.
51
Research Materials--Bibliography cards of Mormon sources
Folder
52 1
Thomas L. Barnes-Reminiscences of Mormons in Illinois (written in 1897), 53 p.
Doctor who treated John Taylor after shooting at Carthage Jail. In letters to his daughter, Barnes relates the history of the Mormons in Illinois as he remembers it. He writes from the non-Mormon point of view and is somewhat negative toward the Mormons in his assessment of certain incidents. He relates the events leading up to the muder of Joseph Smith at Carthage Jail, the murder itself, the reaction of the Mormons and townspeople and the subsequent departure of the Mormons from Nauvoo.
1897
52 2
Bullock Family History-"Thou With All That Are Thine," by Clara Fullmer Bullock, 155 p.
History of the Bullock family in Canada and Utah. Contains religious writings of Clara Bullock, autobiographical accounts, reminiscences of her children, and biographical sketches of her ancestors. Included in biographies is some history of the early Latter-day Saints Church.
52 3
Abraham H. Cannon, 41 p.
Notes taken from the personal journal of Abraham Cannon for 1889, 1890, and 1895. Also biographical sketch.
1859-1896
52 4
Matthias Cowley, 34 p.
Journal to 1853. Autobiographical account of his early life in England, his family's emigration to America, the years spent in Nauvoo, and his early years in Salt Lake City until his mission to Europe in 1853. Journal gives a good account of activities and conflicts between the Mormons and non-Mormons in Nauvoo and Warsaw, Illinois in the early 1840s.
1858-1940
52 5
Philip De La Mare-Family histories, 17 p.
Biographical sketches of Philip De La Mare and his three wives, Mary Ann Pevis Parkins, Mary (Marie) Chevalier, and Jennette. De La Mare's biography also gives a short sketch of the Sugar Industry in Utah.
52 6
Philip De La Mare-Thesis, 119 p.
Hartshorn, Leon R. Philip De La Mare: Industrialist for the Saints. Brigham Young University, 1959. Thesis on the life of De La Mare and his contributions to the development of industry in Utah, particularly the sugar beet industry. Other subjects given specific attention include his involvement in church activity, his associations with John Taylor, the founding of the Desert Manufacturing Company, his part in the Utah War, his contribution to the growth of Tooele, and his missions to France and the Channel Islands.
1823-
52 7
Levi W. Hancock, 93 p.
Autobiographical account of Hancock's childhood and youth in the east and his conversion to Mormonism in Ohio in 1830. His journal continues through 1936 and covers his activities and experiences as he traveled through Ohio preaching the Mormon faith. Also included are excerpts from the journal of Hancock's son, Mosiah Lyman Hancock as they pertain to his father, to the persecutions in Missouri and Illinois, the journey to the Salt Lake Valley, and the first years in Utah.
1803-1882
52 8
Mosiah Lyman Hancock, 112 p.
Autobiography to 1865. Journal gives account of his youth in Kirtland and Nauvoo and of the persecutions suffered by the Mormons there. Hancock writes of the journey to Utah and his life there, particularly pertaining to his relations with the Indians and his mission to California. Also included are excerpts from the journal of Martha M. Hancock, his third wife which gives descriptions of life in a plural marriage and persuctions from the federal authorities in the 1880s.
1834-
52 9
Margaret Naomi Park Hoover, 7 p.
Biography of pioneer woman and member of family who was among the first to settle Provo. Written by Maria D. Taylor.
52 10
Commodore Perry Liston and Elizabeth Reeves Liston, 26 p.
Biographies of husband and wife. Liston and his plural families were instrumental in settling Southern Utah. His biographies relate several incidents of trouble with the Indians during the 1850s.
1821-1979 and 1822-1892
52 11
Stephen Markham, 51 p.
Biographies of Markhams early associations with the church. Accounts given of murders at Carthage Jail. Member of Nauvoo Legion, participated in Walker War. Excerpts taken from the Journal History that pertain to Markham, 1830-1878.
1800-1878
52 12
Joseph Lee Robinson, 109 p.
Autobiography and journal to 1876 of life in Nauvoo and Utah. Relates his experiences of having visions, revelations, signs, and speaking in tongues. Religious writings, particularly in regard to plural marriages. Involved in the settlement of Parowan and Fillmore, and served missions to southern Utah.
1811-1893
53 1
Eliza R. Snow, 81 p.
Handwritten journal, 1846-1849. Daily account of journey from Nauvoo to Utah during 1846-1847 and first years in Salt Lake City. Includes songs and poetry written by Snow.
1804-1887
53 2
Hirum Theron Spencer and Mary Barr Young Spencer, 13 pages
Biographical sketches. Pioneered Magna and vicinity; took part in Utah War.
53 3
Jemima E. Stookey, 26 p.
Autobiography of her childhood, her conversion to Mormonism, and the early years in Utah. Narrative of an extremely hard life.
53 4
Daniel Stillwell Thomas Family History, 64 p.
Autobiography and family history written by Martha Pane Jones Thomas. Writes of experiences in Far West, Nauvoo, and Winter Quarters before arriving in Utah in 1849. Relates several dreams and visions. Also short autobiographical sketch of Daniel Stillwell Thomas.
53 5-6
Preston Thomas: His Life and Travels (2 volumes), 473 p.
Biography compiled by his son, Daniel H. Thomas. concentrates primarily on his missions to Texas 1848-1855. Thomas served as a member of the Territorial Legislature as a judge in both Utah and Bear Lake Counties. Name and subject index at the end of volume two.
53 7
Douglas M. Todd, Sr., 16 p.
Excerpts from journal 1887-1934. Brother of Nellie Taylor; some references made to John W. Taylor; comments on plural marriage and 1886 revelation.
53 8
Thomas Tolman Family Magazine, 20 p.
Newsletter of descendants of Thomas Tolman. List of Officers; Family Group Records; biographical sketches of Cyrus Tolman (1820-1901), Judson Tolman (1826-1916), Benjamin Hewitt Tolman (1829-1857) and Charles Nathan Tolman (1865-1919); photograph of the twenty-nine children of Judson Tolman. Judson Tolman was excommunicated in 1910 for practicing polygamy.
53 9
John Woodhouse, 88 p.
Pioneer journal. Reminiscences of his part in the settlement of southern Utah and his mission to England in 1847. Served in local politics in southern Utah.
1830-1916
F: L. John Nuttall-Letterbook and Diaries
Box Folder
54 1
Letterbook
Correspondence of L. John Nuttall in his capacity as president of St. George and Kanab Stakes, and Territorial Superintendent of District Schools.1879 November 15, Salt Lake City. To George Teasdale pertaining to a meeting of the presidents of stakes. Meeting included discussions of the United Order and the Endowment House as well as business and legal matters of the church.1882 August 11, (no address). To F.R. Clayton concerning Utah politics and the necessity of the Mormons to Maintain control of the positions of probate judges. Fear that the governor will begin appointing successors.1882 September 9, Salt Lake City. To John L. Park submitting names to be considered for acceptance as Normal students to the University of Deseret.1882 November 1, (no address). To John Taylor extending birthday wishes.1886 February 23, Salt Lake City. To son, Leonard Nuttall concerning arrests and trials of Mormons for polygamy, especially Lorenzo Snow and George Q. Cannon.
54 2-12
Diaries
Entries pertain to Nuttall's church activities in St. George and Kanab as well as his opposition as secretary to president of the Mormon church, John Taylor; pages of diary include notes on subject matter which provides a subject index to diaries. Fds 2 and 6 contain detailed tables of contents and name indexes, providing an inventory of the diaries.
1877-1889
55
L. John Nuttall Diaries-Bound Copy
G: Dilworth Families in America
Box Volume
56 1
Published by Dilworth Decendants
Genealogical records of the Dilworth families.
1970

VI:  Samuel and Raymond Taylor--Consolidated CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
A: Consolidated Correspondence
1936-1965
Box Folder
57 1
Consolidated Correspondence
Family and personal correspondence; research material on John W. Taylor; Sam Taylor's other writings.
1936-1937
57 2
Consolidated Correspondence
Personal and business matters; John H. Koyle's Dream Mine and his problems with church authorities; review by Sam Taylor of Fawn Brodie's No Man Knows My History and Hugh Nibley's No Ma'am That's Not History (March 3, 1947).
1939-1947
57 3
Consolidated Correspondence
J. Reuben Clark's opinion on John W. Taylor biography; research material on John W. Taylor; excommunication of John H. Koyle (April 18, 1948); problems with Joseph Fielding Smith in obtaining permission to use church records; Sam Taylor's writings.
1948
57 4
Consolidated Correspondence
Research material on John W. Taylor; Sam Taylor's involvement in film on alcoholism.
1949
57 5-8
Consolidated Correspondence
Publication and promotion of Family Kingdom; reaction of family, friends, and church authorities to Taylor biography; Sam Taylor's writing and screen plays.
1950-1951
57 9-10
Consolidated Correspondence
Discussion of Smoot investigation; Raymond Taylor's involvement in Utah politics as Republican chairman of Utah County.
1952
57 11
Consolidated Correspondence
Visits and associations with Rulon Allred; controversy concerning fundamentalists at Short Creek, Arizona; business matters.
1953
57 12
Consolidated Correspondence
Raymond Taylor and Utah politics; Consumers Water Agency.
1954-1959
57 13-17
Consolidated Correspondence
Consumers Water Agency and southern Utah projects; Sam Taylor's writings; miscellaneous business and personal matters.
1961-1965
58 1
Consolidated Correspondence
Correspondence pertaining to Uranium Fever-collaboration between Sam and Raymond in writing the book, problems associated with publication, and research material for the book and on uranium in general. Occasional reference to research material on John Taylor.
1966-1969
58 2
Consolidated Correspondence
Correspondence compiled by Sam Taylor relating to a variety of subjects. Included is material on Uranium Fever, John Taylor, church policy regarding blacks and the priesthood, and other church related topics. Volume contains a table of contents to the letters.
1966-1972
59 1
Consolidated Correspondence
Consumers Water Agency and miscellaneous.
1966 April-October
59 2
Consolidated Correspondence
Sam's writings-piece on Mormonism for Dialogue magazine; discussion of church-related topics; proposal of John Taylor biography.
1966 November-December
59 3-7
Consolidated Correspondence
Research and writing of Uranium Fever.
1968 1967-June
59 8
Consolidated Correspondence
Uranium Fever and John Taylor biography.
1968 July
59 9
Consolidated Correspondence
Uranium Fever and research material on John Taylor including information on his wives and the Curtis E. Bolton diary.
1968 August-October
59 10
Consolidated Correspondence
Research-John Taylor, Curtis E. Bolton dsary, sugar industry.
1968 November
59 11
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; letter pertaining to the settlement of the Brigham Young estate (December 3, 1968); miscellaneous.
1968 December
59 12-14
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; Uranium Fever; miscellaneous
1969 January-September
59 15
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; material pertaining to Ray's research on the "Black Sticks."
1969 October-December
60 1
Consolidated Correspondence
Discussion of church policy and Negro doctrine; miscellaneous.
1970 January-February
60 2
Consolidated Correspondence
Discussions of Mormonism and church policies and actions, Negro doctrine; promotion for Uranium Fever miscellaneous.
1970 March-April
60 3
Consolidated Correspondence
Research and writing of Black Sticks article; Uranium Fever publicity.
1970 May-June
60 4
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; Uranium Fever promotion; miscellaneous.
1970 August-September
60 5
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; materials on wives of John Taylor.
1970 October-November
60 6
Consolidated Correspondence
Detailed research notes on John Taylor; material on Brigham Young relating to his personality and policies.
1970 December
60 7-9
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; material pertaining to the possible poisoning of Brigham Young-either murder or suicide.
1971 January-February
60 10
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; notes from L. John Nuttall's journal relating to the will & estate of Brigham Young (March 10, 1971).
1971 March 1-17
60 11-14
Consolidated Correspondence
John Taylor research; personal correspondence.
1971 March 18-June
60 15
Consolidated Correspondence
Reprint of Family Kingdom; publication of Nightfall at Nauvoo.
1971 July-August
60 16
General Materials
Publication of Nightfall at Nauvoo; miscellaneous.
1971 September-October
60 17-18
GeneralMaterials
John Taylor research; miscellaneous.
1971 November-December
61 1-11
Correspondence
These letters represent the correspondence between Raymond and Sam during the last year of Raymond's life. The letters continue the research for the John Taylor biography, concentrating primarily on the early years-Winter Quarters and the Sugar Train. In addition to the research items, a variety of other topics are discussed as well. Included are discussions of various aspects of Mormonism and the church's policies & involvement in politics; reactions of church & friends to Nightfall at Nauvoo; financial & logistic matters pertaining to Church wells; problems in publication.
62
Consolidated Correspondence
Two bound volumes of correspondence including materials relating to the publication of Uranium Fever, Nightfall at Nauvoo, and the research and writing of the John Taylor biography. A variety of other subjects not related to these works are discussed as well. An index of the letters arranged chronologically by Sam Taylor appears at the beginning of each volume.
1966-1973
B: Samuel W. Taylor Correspondence and Research Materials
Box Volume
63 1
Samuel W. Taylor Correspondence
63 2
Samuel W. Taylor Correspondence
Rondo W. Anderson 1966-1978.
Folder
63 1
Edith M. Spanton
"Grandma Spanton" by Rondo W. Anderson. Biography, documents, and photographs of the life of Edith M. Spanton.
63 2
"Utah Pioneer Jubilee", program
In commemoration of the fiftieth anniversary of the arrival of the Mormon pioneers to the Salt Lake Valley.
1897
C: Samuel W. Taylor's Writings
Box Volume
64 1
"A Writer's War," Volume 1
Samuel W. Taylor correspondence during World War II, 1942-1944.
65 1
"A Writer's War," Volumes 2 and 3
Samuel W. Taylor correspondence during World War II.
65 2
Writings
1944-1949
66 1
"I Remember, I Remember," Memoirs, London
Autobiographical.
1944
66 2
Writings
"The Modern Saint," "Operation Jones," "Letter to a Young Mormon Writer," "Hunting Lions with a Needle," "Thank You, Midge."
66 3
Writings
"The General Had a Date," "Go Ahead and Build," "How I Foxed the Sam Taylor Gang," "The Stranger in the Mirror," "Discovering Deseret: The Last Literary Frontier," "Daniel R. Dimick," "In Our Lovely Deseret," "Biography of Rachel Cahoon Woolley," "Utah."
66 4
"I Had Six Wives"
Manuscript, notes, and correspondence pertaining to polygamy and fundamentalists.
66 5
"Freedom of the American Road"
Articles and correspondence pertaining to book issued by the Ford Motor Company.
D: Rocky Mountain Empire
Box Volume
67 1
Notes and Letters
68 1
Manuscript and Correspondence
1978
68 2
Copy Edited Manuscript
10 June 1979
E: Manuscripts
Box Volume
69 1
"Bait" by Samuel W. Taylor
Manuscript and correspondence.
69 2
"Powderkeg" by Leo B. Gordon and Paul Leslie Peil
Manuscript and correspondence.
69 3
"Brigham" Screenplay by Philip Yordan
Manuscript, correspondence, and comments.
F: Samuel W. Taylor
Box Folder
70 1
John Taylor Letters
70 2
"That Same Old Question of Polygamy and Polygamous Living: The Taylor-Cowley Affair and the Watershed of Mormon History," by Victor Jorgensen and B. Carmon Hardy
Volume
70 1
Albert Richard Wetjen, Letters to Samuel W. Taylor
Folder
71 1
Correspondence
1979-81
71 2
"Reinstatement of Isabella Walton"
"Conflict between Brigham Young and John Taylor at Dedication of St. George Temple."
71 3
"The Wink from the Twelve"
71 4
"A Preliminary Skirmish with the John Taylor Heritage in Westmoreland"
"Letter Written by Thomas Barnes," "Century-Old Assembly Hall is Renovated."
71 5
"Oh Say, What is Truth? Use only as Directed"
Volume
71 1
"The John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer"
72 1
"The John Taylor Papers: Records of the Last Utah Pioneer: Vol. I, The Apostle" (copy edited manuscript)
1984
73 1
"The John Taylor Papers: Vol. II, The President" (Copy edited manuscript)
1877-1887
Folder
74 1
Gwynn Barrett, "John M. Bernhisel, Mormon Elder in Congress"
1968
74 2
John C. Bennett, History of the Saints; James Tyler, "John Cook Bennett"
1842; 1947
74 3
Newell G. Bringhurst on Fawn Brodic, with Correspondence
1970-1990
74 4
Newell G. Bringhurst, Clippings and Articles
1921-1992
74 5
Fawn Brodie, Can We Manipulate the Past?
1970
74 6
Kate Carter, Daughters of Utah Pioneers Booklets
1955-1965
75 1
Mace Church, Further Light and Knowledge
1992
75 2
Reed C. Durham, "Is There No Help for the Widow's Son?"
1974
75 3
Andrew F. Ehat, "Joseph Smith's Introduction of Temple Ordinances"
1982
75 4
Antonio A. Feliz, Out of the Bishop's Closet; Samuel W. Taylor, "Eating Dog"
1988
75 5
Josiah Gibbs, The Mountain Meadows Massacre
1910
75 6
Lucile Hoving, The X-Rays Turned on Mormonism
1901
75 7
Correspondence and Articles on Howard Hughes' Will
1987
75 8
Andrew Hussberg, Open Letter to General Authorities
1934
75 9
Joseph Jeppson, Rustin Kaufman Explores the Gospel; Correspondence with Joseph Jeppson
1988-1994
75 10
Correspondence between Joseph Jeppson and Samuel Taylor
1991-1993
76 1
Price Johnson, "An Open Letter to All Latter-day Saints" Anne Wilde, Letter to Samuel W. Taylor
1987
76 2
Charles Kelly and Hoffman Birney, "Killer for the Saints"
1934
76 3
Ogden Kraut, Letter to Samuel W. Taylor; Ralph Shaw, Polygamy and the Mormon People
1973
76 4
Ogden Kraut, Polygamy in the Bible; Ogden Kraut, The 1890 Manifesto: 100th Anniversary
1983; 1990
76 5
Eduard Meyer, The Origin and History of the Mormons
1961
76 6
LaMar Petersen, Problems in Mormon Text
1957
76 7
David N. Pierce, "The Rise and Fall of the Kingdom of God"
1967
76 8
John Keith Pope, Launching the Lehi
1954
76 9
M. Wilford Poulson, Writings
1930-1979
76 10
Abelard Reuchlin, "The True Authorship of the New Testament"
1983
76 11
Pilar Rich, The Saints of Snowville
1970
76 12
Steven L. Shields, Latter Day Saint Churches and Their Beliefs
1992
76 13
William Smith, "A Proclamation"; "William Smith's Manifesto: The Smithite-Brighamite Standoff"
1845
76 14
Cecil A. Snider, Development of Attitudes in Sectarian Conflict
1933
77 1
Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Correspondence and Salt Lake City Messenger
1969-1990
77 2
Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Publications
1969-1971
77 3
Jerald and Sandra Tanner, Mormonism Like Watergate? and Answering Dr. Clandestine
1974; 1978
77 4
Jerald and Sandra Tanne
B. H. Roberts' Secret Manuscript, Joseph Smith's Successor, The Mormon Purge, Answering Mormon Scholars.
1979-1994
77 5
Samuel W. Taylor, "Notes on the Garments," The Little Man Who Isn't There
1988; 1993
77 6
Cary Trivanovich, Speaking the Truth in Love
1988
77 7
Wesley P. Walters, New Light on Mormon Origins
1990
77 8
Blacks and the Priesthood
1833-1978
77 9
Church of Jesus Christ (Bickertonite), Publications
1983-1989
77 10
A Message from the First Presidency
1930
77 11
"A Second Anointing Compilation"; Salt Lake School of the Prophets Minute Book; Truth
1883; 1936
77 12
Records of John Taylors, Wives
1893-1992

VII:  AddendumReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
78 1
Photocopy of John Taylor Journal with Notations by B.H. Roberts
1844 December - 1845 September

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Polygamy
  • Uranium mines and mining--Utah
  • Personal Names :
  • Taylor, Janet Maria Woolley, 1870-1956 (contributor)
  • Taylor, John W., 1858-1916 (contributor)
  • Taylor, John, 1808-1887 (contributor)
  • Taylor, Raymond Woolley, 1904-1972 - Archives (contributor)
  • Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
  • Corporate Names :
  • Consumers Water Agency (Utah)