The William Budge Missionary Journal, 1851-1855  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Budge, William.
The William Budge Missionary Journal
1851-1855 (inclusive)
1 Box, (0.25 Linear Feet)
Collection Number
The collection contains the actual missionary journal of William Budge, a typescript of the journal, and a digital copy of the journal.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on use, except: not available through interlibrary loan.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William Budge was born to William Budge and Mary Scott on May 1, 1828 in Lanark, Lanark County, Scotland. While living in Glasgow, Scotland he joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints in 1848. He was called by leaders of his church to serve as a missionary in England. On November 24, 1856 he married Julia Stratford while in England. After serving as an LDS missionary in Europe for more than nine years he and his family immigrated to Utah in 1860. He lived in Farmington, Utah for three years and took a second wife, Eliza Prichard, on September 9, 1861. In 1864 Brigham Young asked him to go to Providence, Utah to be the local Bishop. On April 5, 1868 Budge took his third and final wife, Ann Hyer. Between his three wives polygamous William had 36 children over his life span.

In 1870 Brigham Young asked Budge to move to Bear Lake Valley, Idaho. In August of 1877 he became the President of the Bear Lake Stake of the LDS Church. He later served as the President of the European Mission of the LDS Church from 1878 – 1880. While living in Idaho he served as a member of Territorial Council, voicing complaints both in the territory and to President Grover Cleveland in Washington about the poor treatment of Mormons by members of the territorial government. He was also the editor of the Southern Idaho Independent, a weekly paper published at Paris during the 1880s. For the last thirteen years of his life he served as the president of the Logan LDS Temple. William Budge died on March 18, 1919 in Logan, Utah.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains the original bound diary of William Budge, written while serving an LDS mission in Europe, and covers April 1851 to 1855. It also includes three compact discs which contain a digital copy of the diary and a color printout of the digital files. The front part of the journal contains a genealogy record of Budge’s father and mother while the remainder of the journal contains a brief synopsis of his conversion to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Scotland, his missionary activities in Europe, and intermittent transcriptions of letters to and from various government officials and members of the LDS Church.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the The William Budge Missionary Journal must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: The William Budge Missionary Journal USU_MSS 356, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. Utah State University Merrill-Cazier Library. Logan, Utah.

Following Citations:USU_MSS 356, USUSCA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


This collection is arranged by physical type of content.

Processing Note

Processed in April of 2011

Acquisition Information

This collection was donated to Utah State University Special Collections and Archives by Elaine Webb in 2009.

Related Materials

Budge, Jesse R.S. The Life of William Budge. Salt Lake City, UT: The Deseret News, 1915. Utah State Special Collections, 920 B85-BU.

William Budge, written by his daughter Alta Kidman. Utah State Special Collections, MSS 18, Box 1, Folder 39


Budge, Jesse R.S. The Life of William Budge. Salt Lake City, UT: The Deseret News, 1915. Utah State Special Collections, 920 B85-BU., (accessed April 12, 2011)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Compact Discs (CDs), a digital copy of William Budge Journal part 1, part 2, part3[click to view] 1851-1855
1 2 Printout of William Budge Journal 1851 April-1855
1 3 Original Journal of William Budge 1851 April 25-1855 January 11

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Mormon Church--Europe--History--19th century

Personal Names

  • Budge, William, 1828-1919--Correspondence
  • Budge, William, 1828-1919--Diaries

Corporate Names

  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Europe--History--19th century

Form or Genre Terms

  • Mormon missionary--journals