John L. Traughber papers, 1854-1910  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Traughber, John L.
Title
John L. Traughber papers
Dates
1854-1910 (inclusive)
Quantity
4.5 linear feet
Collection Number
Ms0666
Summary
The John L. Traughber papers (1854-1910) contain letters, notebooks, memos, journals, notes, and news clippings concerning Mormonism, its history, and its members. Traughber (1854-1908) was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (now the Community of Christ) who researched the history and other aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons Church). Much of the information contained in this collection provides details about the LDS Church in its infancy, including insight into the origins of the priesthood. Of interest are materials written by William E. McLellin, one of the first twelve apostles of the LDS Church.
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


Historical NoteReturn to Top

John L. Traughber (1854-1908) was born 23 November 1854 in Carroll County, Missouri, to John Logan Traughber Sr. and Ellen Keziah Ross. Traughber was a school teacher and farmer. He was self-educated and an avid reader. He is most well-known for having received some William E. McLellin papers from McLellin's widow in 1884. After obtaining the McLellin collection, Traughber began writing a book about the LDS Church and Mormonism. Traughber married Mattie Elmira Felkins on the 1st of January 1888 in Taney County, Missouri. They had nine children: Earl Augustine, Lucilla Ellen, Albert Ross, Louis Edgar, Charles Orville, Beulah Elenor, Grace Eulah, John Ernest, and Harmon Otis. In 1901, Traughber became ill and offered to sell the William E. McLellin Collection to a Salt Lake City minister, Theodore Schroeder. Schroeder declined the offer. Then in 1908 Traughber sold McLellin's missionary diaries from 1831 to 1836, as well as four notebooks and a copy of the 1833 Book of Commandments for fifty dollars to the LDS Church. Traughber's illness progressed and on the 8th of December 1908 he passed away in Doucette, Tyler County, Texas. When Traughber passed away he left his children and widow penniless. However, Traughber had left his family with his research on Mormonism and the William E. McLellin Collection. Traughber never completed his book on Mormonism. He had spent over twenty years researching the Mormon religion, and had a manuscript over three hundred pages. Traughber's widow did not want her late husband's work to go to waste. She tried to have his work published in the Salt Lake Tribune in 1910, but was unsuccessful. After her death in 1954, the William E. McLellin Collection and Traughber's own documents fell into the possession of Traughber's youngest son, Otis. H. Otis Traughber sold the collection to the University of Utah in 1995.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John L. Traughber papers (1854-1910) contain letters, notebooks, memos, journals, notes, and news clippings concerning Mormonism, its history, and its members. Traughber (1854-1908) was a member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints (now the Community of Christ) who researched the history and other aspects of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (The LDS Church or the Mormon Church).

The first box in the collection contains three notebooks written by William E. McLellin, one of the first twelve apostles of the LDS Church. Much of the information contained in this box provides reminiscent details about the LDS Church in its infancy, including insight into the origins of the priesthood. The original McLellin notebooks were placed in the Manuscripts Division Safe. Notes and essays written by John L. Traughber on Mormon subjects, as well as news articles and writings he collected, are located in boxes 2-3. Correspondence between Traughber and others can also be found in box 2. Boxes 4-5 contains newspaper photocopies and books.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: John L. Traughber papers, MS 0666, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: MS 0666.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

William E. McLellin Letter and Notebooks, 1854-1880Return to Top

All items in this series are either photocopies or transcripts of the original documents. The three notebooks by McLellin are in the Manuscripts Division Safe. The original items may be viewed with permission from the Curator of the Manuscripts Division.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Letter from William E. McLellin to Relatives
1 2-13
Notebook
1854-1857
1 14-20
Notebook, "Some of My History and Also about Peep-stones"
1878
1 21-28
Notebook, "Some of the Reasons Why I Am Not a Mormon"
1880

Documents Written and Collected by TraughberReturn to Top

Box 2, folders 35-46 contain Traughber's notes on various subjects, as listed.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1-2
Correspondence
1884-1910
2 3-11
"She Koim" and "Al Haret"
2 12-15
"Scraps"
2 16
"Miscellaneous"
2 17
"Law and Order"
2 18
"The Book of Zenos"
2 19
"Concerning the Lost MSS and the Substitute Therefor"
2 20
"Them Plates"
2 21
"The Original Manuscript of the Book of Mormon"
2 22
"Was Nephi a Plagiarist?"
2 23
"David Whitmer, 'The Last Witness' of the Book of Mormon"
2 24
"The Negro"
2 25
"Bearing Testimony"
2 26
"False Prophecies"
2 27
"The Free Silver Fraud"
2 28
"The Divine Plan of the Ages"
2 29
"The Rebellion of South Carolina"
2 30
"Mormon Character Delineated"
2 31-34
The Book of Commandments
2 35
The Second Child Theory
2 36
Revelation
2 37
Doctrine and Covenants
2 38
Book of Enoch
2 39
Polygamy
2 40
William E. McLellin
2 41
David Whitmer
2 42
Joseph Smith
2 43
James J. Strang
2 44
Sidney Rigdon
2 45
Oliver Cowdery
2 46
Solomon Spaulding Manuscript
2 47
Bible Excerpt
2 48
Poetry
2 49
Genealogy
2 50
Phrenological Reading of Traughber
2 51
Orchard Planning
1891
3 1
Simon B. Needham, "The Teachings of Jesus"
1886
3 2
Clark Braden, "Thoughts for Reformers"
3 3
Dr. Kennedy's Rheumatic and Neuralgia Dissolvent
1862-1863
3 4
The Herald
1887
3 5
Newspaper Articles
1880
3 6-8
Notes on Mormonism
3 9
Notes on Politics

NewspapersReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 1-2
The Investigator
1884
4 3
Naked Truths about Mormonism
1888
4 4-5
Houston Chronicle
1985
Container(s) Description Dates
Box Volume
5 1
Book of Mormon, Reprinted from the Third American Edition
5 2
A. Wilford Hall, Problem of Human Life: Embracing the Evolution of Sound and Evolution with a Review
1880

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Aaronic Priesthood (Mormon Church)
  • Melchizedek Priesthood (Mormon Church)
  • Mormon Church--History--19th century--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • McLellin, William E., ca. 1806-1883--Archives
  • Traughber, John L.--Archives
  • Family Names :
  • Traughber family--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Diaries
  • Memorandums
  • Notebooks
  • Notes