Emmeline B. Wells Diaries
Forty-five volumes of Emmeline B. Wells's personal diaries, dating from 1844 to 1920, giving an account of her experiences as an early LDS pioneer and leader of women.
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- Curator Ryan Lee
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About the Collection
Materials include Emmeline B. Wells’s original diaries from 1844 to 1920. Her often daily entries spanning nearly 80 years present pragmatic descriptions of daily activities along with her own daily opinions, insights, and impressions. The accounts are often lengthy and detailed. Volume 1 begins with her departure from Massachusetts in 1844 and also includes her journey from Nauvoo, Illinois, with other Saints headed West. Other volumes provide insights into her roles with the Woman’s Exponent and her service in the General Presidency of the Relief Society. Wells often provides descriptions of and insights into important events in the history of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Utah, and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, including the woman’s suffrage movement and other events related to women’s rights, of which Wells was a strong advocate. The 1882 diary also includes entries by Well’s daughter, Louisa Wells. Dated 1844-1920.