Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1: General Materials (1875-1889)
volume 1: Missionary Diary (1881-1882)
folder 1-7: Prison Diaries, Journals, Photocopies, and Transcripts (1886-1887)
folder 8-9: Bookkeeping Ledger and Transcripts (1886)
folder 10: Photocopy of Prison Roster (1886)
folder 11: Lorenzo Snow, Poem (1886)
folder 12: "A Record of Family Descent, Kept by Helon Tracy and Other Family Members," Transcript (1875)
folder 13: Research Materials and Biographical Information
folder 14: "A Strange Affair That Speaks Volumes about the Birth of a Child" (1889)
folder 15: Court Proceedings concerning Helon Henry Tracy as reported in The Ogden Daily Herald (1886)
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Helon Henry Tracy (1849-1893) was born the seventh son of Moses and Nancy Tracy in Council Bluffs, Iowa. His parents joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church) in 1833, and were among the converts who were driven from their homes in the state of Missouri to Illinois, and were subsequently expelled from Nauvoo in the winter of 1846. Tracy came with his parents to Utah territory in 1850, settling in Weber County in a community known as Marriott. He married Emma Maria Burdett in 1867, by whom he had fourteen children. In 1870, he married Emma's sister, Mary Jane Burdett, by whom he had seven children. Tracy was admitted to the School of the Prophets in 1871, and remained a member until the school was dismissed in 1873. He was one of forty-four missionaries called to serve a proselytizing mission to the eastern United States and Great Britain in 1881-1882. Upon his return, he married a third woman, Phoebe Ann Truelover Draper, in 1882, by whom he had three children. In 1886, Tracy was indicted and charged with polygamy and unlawful cohabitation, in violation of the Edmunds Bill of 1882. He was tried before Judge O.W. Powers in 1886, and was convicted and sentenced to incarceration. He served nearly one year in the Territory of Utah Penitentiary. While in prison, he kept a detailed account of this experiences in both a diary and a journal. There were many other brethren of the LDS church who were incarcerated at the same time, including the Apostle Lorenzo Snow, with whom Tracy shared a cell. Upon his release, Tracy continued to practice polygamy clandestinely. He died at age forty-four.
Content Description +/-
The Helon Henry Tracy papers (1875-1889) contain diaries, journals, bookkeeping ledgers, prison inmate rosters, articles, research materials, and newspaper court reports.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
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.
Restrictions on Use:
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Helon Henry Tracy papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.
Initial Citation: Helon Henry Tracy papers, Accn 1053, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Following Citations:Accn 1053.
Administrative Information +/-
Gift of Don Hall in 1988.
Processed by Lea Kinikini in 2003.
Tracy, Helon Henry, 1849-1893
Collection materials are in English.
0.5 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid encoded in English in Latin script.
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid created by Lea Kinikini
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