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John Adams family papers [photocopies]

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The John Adams family papers (1886-1929) contains three photocopied documents: A journal kept by John Adams from November 1886 to October 1887, includes entries from the six months he spent in the Utah Territorial Penitentiary after his imprisonment for the practice of polygamy; a biography of John Adams (1836-1901) written in 1927 by his son, John Q. Adams; and a "Tribute to my Mother," written by John Q. Adams in 1929. Together, these documents describe Adams' experiences in prison and the hardships endured by the family of this Centerville, Utah, merchant who refused to renounce polygamy.
 
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American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Utah records

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The American Civil Liberties Union of Utah records (1957-1994) consist of documents concerned with the administrative functions of the local chapter and the civil liberties issues with which the chapter was involved. Though the collection covers the organization since its founding in 1958, the bulk of the collection consists of records from the directorships of James Joy (1974-1976), Shirley Pedler (1976-1987), Robyn Blumner (1987-1989) and Michele Parish (1989-1992). Documents from the early years of the organization, as well as from the directorship of Steve Cook (1972-1974), are also found.
 
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William B. Ashworth and Paul Parrish Ashworth autobiographies

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The William B. Ashworth and Paul Parrish Ashworth autobiographies (1932-1934, 1953-1956) contains a three volume transcript of "The Life of William B. Ashworth, Written by Himself," and an autobiography of Paul Parrish Ashworth, son of William B. Ashworth. Ashworth was a Utah pioneer.
 
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Bennion family papers

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Bennion family papers (1844-1949) include the diaries of John Bennion (1820-1877), Heber Bennion (1858-1932), and Mary Bennion Powell (born 1890), as well as family correspondence and autobiographical sketches. John and Samuel Bennion and John's son, Heber, were Utah sheep ranchers and polygamists, while Mary Bennion Powell was a daughter of Heber Bennion.
 
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Abraham Hoagland Cannon journals

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Abraham Hoagland Cannon journals (1879-1895) consist of nineteen volumes which outline details about LDS Church council meetings and his service as a apostle, political meetings, and other important issues. He recorded business ventures which included stationary and furniture stores, real estate, mining, banking, railroads, and sugar manufacturing. Polygamy is a major theme throughout his journals as well. No photocopies can be made.
 
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George Q. Cannon photograph collection

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The George Q. Cannon photograph collection contains portraits of George Q. Cannon, and a group portrait of several Mormons, including Cannon, in prison uniforms imprisoned for polygamy.
 
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Paul B. Cannon papers

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Paul B. Cannon papers (1852-1989) contain correspondence, a scrapbook, articles, and news clippings. Cannon was an attorney in Salt Lake City, Utah.
 
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Rudger Clawson papers

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Rudger Clawson papers (1870-1943) consists of memoirs, autobiographical accounts, diaries, letter books, loose letters, scrapbooks, newspaper and periodical clippings, printed books and miscellaneous documents. Clawson was born in Salt Lake City a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) Church. He served a Mission to the Southern States that ended after his companion Joseph Standing was murdered by a mob in Georgia. Clawson practiced polygamy and was the first Mormon to be imprisoned for just over three years for the practice. After his release from prison he became the Stake President for the Box Elder Stake for the LDS Church. Then as an apostle in the Council of the Twelve Apostles which he did for 45 years until his death on 21 June 1943 at the age of 86.
 
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Cowley family papers

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Cowley family papers consist of biographical sketches of several members of the Cowley family, particularly Mattias Foss Cowley and Samuel Parkinson Cowley. Included is a 10 page handwritten biography of Samuel P. Cowley by his father, Mattias F. Cowley. Mattias Foss Cowley was dropped from the Mormon Church Quorum of the Twelve Apostles in 1893 for continuing to practice polygamy. Samuel P. Cowley was an F.B.I. agent who was killed in a gun battle with Baby face Nelson in 1934.
 
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Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript]

Repository:University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Summary:The Herbert J. Foulger diary [photocopy and typescript] (1886) was kept by Foulger (1848-1920) while serving time in the Utah State Penitentiary for polygamy. The diary contains a record of his daily activities and the routine and occasional unusual events involving other "bretheren" incarcerated with him.

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