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An Account of the First Settlement of St. Johns

 Collection
Identifier: MS-809

Scope and Contents

This is a typed copy of a report by Bishop David K. Udall to J. N. Smith, President of the Mormon settlement at St. Johns, recording an account of the first settlement of St. Johns in 1873. The file also contains a WPA Individual Manuscript Form from 1939.

Dates

  • 1873-1880

Creator

Access

Collection is open for research. Appointments to view materials are required. To make an appointment please contact library staff at rroom@theautry.org.

Use

Copyright has not been assigned to the Autry Museum of the American West. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Research Services and Archives. Permission for publication is given on behalf of the Autry Museum of the American West as the custodian of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Biographical note

David King Udall (September 7, 1851 – February 18, 1938) was a representative to the Arizona Territorial Legislature and the founder of the Udall political family.

David King Udall was born in St. Louis, Missouri, in 1851. His parents, David Udall and Eliza King, had immigrated to the United States from England earlier in the year. In 1852, they followed the Mormon Trail to Utah. They settled in Nephi.

In 1880, Udall was called to be the Mormon bishop in St. Johns, Arizona. At the time, St. Johns was a small and primarily Hispanic Catholic community. Immediately after moving his family there, Udall purchased lands and directed improvements geared toward creating a larger Mormon settlement of the area. Udall was appointed to be a Stake president, a higher position in the Mormon hierarchy, in 1887. He held that position for the next 35 years. Throughout that time he ran a number of business ventures of varying success. He died in 1938 in St. Johns, Arizona.

Extent

0.1 Linear Feet (1 folder)

Language of Materials

English

Abstract

This is a typed copy of a report by Bishop David K. Udall to J. N. Smith, President of the Mormon settlement at St. Johns, recording an account of the first settlement of St. Johns in 1873.

Acquisition

Donated to the Library as part of the Munk Library of Arizoniana, 1910 April 7.

Processing history

Processed by Library staff before 1981. Finding aid completed by Holly Rose Larson, NHPRC Processing Archivist, 2012 December 10, made possible through grant funding from the National Historical Publications and Records Commissions (NHPRC).

Creator

Title
Finding Aid to An Account of the First Settlement of St. Johns
Status
Completed
Author
Holly Rose Larson
Date
2012 December 10
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin

Repository Details

Part of the Library and Archives at the Autry Repository

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