Table of Contents
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box 1: Journals and Letters
folder 1-16: Typescript of John Morgan's Journal (1875-1892)
folder 17: Handwritten Letters from John Morgan (1874-1888)
folder 18: John Morgan, Doctrines of the Church of Jesus Christ, Its Faith and Teachings
volume 1: "Volume 1, Letters and Articles on the Missionary Labors of Pres. John Morgan" (1872-1879)
volume 2: "Volume 2, Letters and Articles on the Missionary Labors of Pres. John Morgan" (1879-1894)
box 2: Letters and Personal Papers
folder 1: Miscellaneous Typescript Letters From John Morgan (1863-1886)
folder 2-12: Typescript Letters from John Morgan to Church Leaders (1878-1887)
folder 13: Miscellaneous Letters to John Morgan (1877-1878)
folder 14: Report of Southern Emigrants (1877)
folder 15: John Morgan, "Riding the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad in 1878"
folder 16: Typescript of Speeches and Services Given by John Morgan (1888-1893)
folder 17: Quotations from the Patriarchal Blessing of John Morgan (1875)
box 3: Missionary and Government Work
folder 1: List of Missionaries and Dates of Service
folder 2: Missionary Records for the Southern States Mission (1875-1888)
folder 3: List of the Converts of John Morgan on First Mission (1876)
folder 4: List of Meetings Attended by John Morgan on Second and Third Missions (1878-1880)
folder 5: List of Conferences Established by John Morgan while Organizing the Southern States Mission (1882)
folder 6: Gospel Messages
folder 7: Missionary Names and Addresses
folder 8-9: Typescript of Southern States Mission Reports (1875-1887)
folder 10-16: "Settlement of San Luis Valley, Colorado by the Mormon People in 1878"
folder 17: Articles Concerning the San Luis Valley Settlements
"The Founding of Mormon Settlements in the San Luis Valley, Colorado," by Andrew Jenson; "The San Luis Valley, Colorado. The Beginning of its Early Colonization by Mormons," by D. H. Christensen.
folder 18: San Luis Valley, Colorado (1878-1888)
Items contain geographic and demographic information.
folder 19: Governor and Appropriation Bill of 1884, Utah Territorial Legislature
folder 20: John Morgan's Reaction to the Shooting of an Elder (1884) (1886)
folder 21: Salt Lake Academy and the Chambers of Commerce (1881-1894)
folder 22-25: Historical Monument Dedications and Corporation Beginnings (1848-1898)
Organizations and monuments included are Salt Lake Theater Company, Bowery, Pioneer Park, Liberty Park, Fort Douglas, Salt Lake schools, the Old and New Tabernacle, Utah Affair, Zion's Corporation Mercantile Institution, Union Academy, and others.
folder 26: Presidents and First Counselors to the President of the LDS Church
folder 27-42: Church Business and Decisions (1867-1887)
box 4: Research Material
box 5: Research Materials
folder 1-10: Narrative Based on the Diaries of John Morgan
folder 11: Historic Events in the Life of John Morgan
folder 12-13: Research Material on his Soldier Career
folder 14-16: Information, Photographs and Maps of the Civil War
folder 17: Information and Photographs about John Morgan and his Family
folder 18: Letters Written About John Morgan (1845-1914)
folder 19: An Article Written About John Morgan (1982)
folder 20-21: Miscellaneous Biography Research Material
folder 22: John Morgan "Experiences," Published Version (1964)
folder 23-25: John Morgan "Experiences," Drafts
folder 26-27: Photographs of Missionary Work in Manassa, Colorado (1877-1910)
folder 28: Photographs of Missionary Work in Pueblo, Colorado (1970-1986)
folder 29: Information and Photographs about the Death of John Morgan and Other Church Members
folder 30: "In Memoriam" and Other Tributes to John Morgan (1947-1959)
box 6: Research Materials
folder 1: Rough Draft of John Morgan Biography
folder 2-4: Final Draft of John Morgan Biography
folder 5-6: Matthias F. Cowley and John W. Taylor, Correspondence (1877-1882)
folder 7: History of Matthias F. Cowley
folder 8: Diary of James Thomas Lisonbee (1876-1877)
folder 9: History of Ellen Amelia Johnson Lisonbee
folder 10: History of Annie Catherine Christensen
folder 11: History of the Kirtland Family (1944)
folder 12: "Louis M. Peterson in Connection with Hans Jensen Mission"
This article was taken from "Histories of the Old Council House of Manti" (1935), and this copy was made July 10, 1947.
folder 13: Miscellaneous Papers Pertaining to John Morgan
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
John Hamilton Morgan, born in Greensburg, Indiana in 1842, moved to Illinois in 1855. In 1862, he enlisted in the Union Army where he obtained the rank of Color Sergeant and served until June, 1865. After the war, he attended Eastman Commercial College in Poughkeepsie, New York, and became interested in a career in education. On a business trip to Salt Lake City in 1867 he founded Morgan's Commercial College. In Salt Lake City he learned about and joined the LDS Church and began a notable career of church participation. He served, first, as part of the Sunday School Superintendency; then as a missionary and mission president; and finally, as a member of the First Council of Seventy. As part of his missionary endeavors in the Southern States Mission, he lead a large group of immigrating converts to San Luis Valley, Colorado, where they established a Mormon colony in 1878. Interspersed with his church activity, Morgan became involved with the territorial government in Utah and became particularly engaged with issues of education, the formation of the Republican Party in Utah, and the push for statehood. During his political career, Morgan was elected as Engrossing Clerk of the Utah Legislature in 1882 and as a member of the Utah Territorial Legislature in 1883 (where he was appointed chairman of the House Committee on Education). He served as a Regent of the University of Deseret in 1884. In 1883 he also organized the first Salt Lake County School Teachers Association. On August 14, 1894, Morgan died at the age of 52 in Preston, Idaho.
Content Description +/-
The John Hamilton Morgan papers (1845-1986) detail the personal, professional, and religious activities of John Morgan (1842-1894), a noted Utah educator and Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS) leader. The collection includes letters (1875-1894) and journals (1875-1892) written while Morgan served as a Union soldier in the Civil War; while he conducted LDS Church business as a missionary leader and a ranking member of the LDS Church hierarchy; and while he acted on political issues. Official papers concerning LDS Church affairs and Morgan's government involvement, as well as biographical and religious articles written by and about John Morgan, also appear in the collection. Much of the collection's information concerns the settlement of the San Luis Valley, Colorado, where many LDS converts settled after arriving there (under Morgan's leadership) from the newly-formed Southern States Mission. While most of the material originated in Morgan's lifetime, collections of his inspirational stories, tributes to his memory, and a biography were produced posthumously.
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Restrictions on Access:
Twenty-four hours advance notice encouraged. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Administrative Information +/-
Organized in three series: I. Writings of John Morgan, II. Professional Papers, III. Biography Research.
Gift of Marjorie Morgan Wagstaff in 1994-1995.
Processed by Tad Davies in 1995.
Morgan, John Hamilton, 1842-1894
Materials are in English.
3 linear feet
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Finding aid encoded in English.
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Finding aid prepared by Tad Davies
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