Scope and Content

Pratt's autobiographical records consist of a brief autobiography and journals recording early missionary journeys, travel with Zion's camp, and westward exodus from Nauvoo to the Salt Lake Valley.

Pratt's autobiographical sketch records his religious yearnings, introduction to the Book of Mormon, and baptism in September 1830 by his brother Parley P. Pratt. The volume was also used to record Pratt's Kirtland business accounts in stoves and ironware, 1836-1837.

Two journals for 1833-1837 record Pratt's missionary travels in New Hampshire and New York and 1834 journey to Missouri with Zion's Camp. Journals also record Pratt's missionary travels around Cincinnati, Ohio, activities in Kirtland, call to Quorum of the Twelve, and missionary travels in the eastern states (particularly New York, Vermont, and Pennsylvania) and Canada.

Journal for 1846-1847 records Pratt's exodus from Nauvoo and travel through Iowa to Council Bluffs and subsequent journey with the first pioneer company to the Salt Lake Valley. Volume also includes Pratt's recording of astronomical observations and family genealogy and biographical information later added by his son Milando Pratt.

Orson Pratt was a member of the Quorum of the Twelve, 1835-1881.

Arrangement of Materials


3 folders

3 folders

Linear Feet

Use and Access

Open to research.

Preferred Citation

[Item description], Orson Pratt autobiography and journals. Church History Library, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Salt Lake City, Utah

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Pratt, Orson, 1811-1881
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Access Restrictions
Open to research.
Alternate Finding Aids
Electronic Version
3 folders
3 folders

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