Jacob Hamblin Papers: Finding Aid

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Overview of the Collection

Title: Jacob Hamblin Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1857-1948
Bulk dates: 1857-1885
Collection Number: mssFAC 1307-1325
Creator: Hamblin, Jacob, 1819-1886.
Extent: 43 pieces in 1 box
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection contains photostats of letters by and about pioneer Mormon Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886) and the Mormon Church's Indian missions as well as photostats of two Hamblin diaries (1862-1863 and 1868-1885) and copy prints of photographs of Hamblin's family and of locations associated with Hamblin's career.
Language: English.

Access

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Publication Rights

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Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. Jacob Hamblin Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Copied from materials loaned by Otis Marston, February 2, 1953.

Biographical Note

Jacob Hamblin was born on April 2, 1819, in Salem, Ohio. In 1850, after his conversion to Mormonism, he travelled west to Salt Lake City, Utah to join fellow members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints in establishing the Mormon community. At this time, the Mormons were under the leadership of Brigham Young (1801-1877), who encouraged the settlement of the Intermountain West. Jacob Hamblin was called upon by Young to aid in the colonization of southern Utah and the exploration of the Southwest. Today, Hamblin is best known as a peacemaker and a missionary, especially to the Hopi and Navajo tribes. His years of work not only helped to establish Young's policy of coexistence between the Mormons and Indians, but also earned Hamblin a place in Mormon history as the apostle to the Lamanites. After a long and productive life, he died in Pleasanton, New Mexico, on August 31, 1886.

Bibliography

Bailey, Paul. Jacob Hamblin: Buckskin Apostle. Westernlore Press, 1948.
Brooks, Juanita. Jacob Hamblin: Mormon Apostle to the Indians. Salt Lake City: Westwater Press, 1980.
Corbett, Pearson H. Jacob Hamblin: The Peacemaker. Salt Lake City: Deseret Book Company, 1952.

Scope and Content

This collection contains photostats of letters by and about pioneer Mormon Jacob Hamblin (1819-1886) and the Mormon Church's Indian missions as well as photostats of two Hamblin diaries (1862-1863 and 1868-1885) and copy prints of photographs of Hamblin's family and of locations associated with Hamblin's career. The collection provides information about Hamblin's missions to the Indians, early settlement in southern Utah, Hamblin family history, and Hamblin himself. Uncatalogued material at the end of the collection includes a diary fragment, family biographical sketches, and photographs. Because the collection consists of photostats or, in the case of the photographs, copy prints, where the location of the originals is unknown, reproduction of these materials is prohibited.
Notable items include: Two journals of Jacob Hamblin, one dated 1862-1863 (FAC 1312) and the other 1868-1885 (FAC 1313).

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Hamblin, Jacob, 1819-1886.
Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888.
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877.
Cotton growing -- Utah.
Hopi Indians -- Missions.
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Arizona.
Mormon Church -- Missions -- Utah.
Mormons -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Navajo Indians -- Missions.
Utah Expedition (1857-1858)
Arizona -- Description and travel.
New Mexico -- Description and travel.
Utah -- History -- Sources.

Forms/Genres

Copy prints -- 20th century.
Diaries -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century.
Letters (correspondence) -- West (U.S.) -- 19th century.

Alternate Authors

Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888.
Young, Brigham, 1801-1877.


Collection Contents

Box 1

mssFAC 1307-1325