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Trails to Utah and the Pacific: Diaries and Letters, 1846-1869 incorporates 49 diaries, in 59 volumes, of pioneers
trekking westward across
America to Utah, Montana, and the Pacific between 1847 and the meeting of
in 1869. In addition to the diaries, the collection includes 43 maps, 82
photographs and illustrations, and 7 published guides for immigrants.
Stories of persistence and pain, birth and death, God and gold,
trail dust and debris, learning, love, and laughter, and even trail tedium
can be found in these original "on the trail" accounts. The collection
tells the stories of Mormon pioneer families and others who were part of
the national westering movement, sharing trail experiences common to
hundreds of thousands of westward migrants. The source materials are
drawn from the collections of Brigham Young University, members of
the Utah Academic Libraries Consortium, and other archival institutions in
Utah, Nevada, and Idaho.
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the Lee Library at Brigham
Young University (external link) was supported by an award
from the Library of Congress/Ameritech National Digital Library
Competition and is sponsored by the Utah Academic Library Consortium (external link).
The source materials for this collection are housed at
Brigham Young University, the University of Utah (external link), Utah State University (external link), the Church Archives of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day
Saints (external link), the Utah State Historical Society (external link),
the University of Nevada, Reno (external link), the Churchill County Museum (external link) in Fallon, Nevada, and Idaho State
University (external link).
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