Semi-Centennial Commission Book of the Pioneers
These records are housed in the Utah State Archives' permanent storage room.
An agency history is available.
Scope and Content
The "Book of the Pioneers" was created as a record of those who arrived in the Valley of the Great Salt Lake during 1847, including the names, ages, autographs, and places of residence of all known survivors on 24 July 1897, the year of the jubilee. Separated into two volumes, pioneers with surnames beginning with A through L are grouped in volume 1 and those starting with M through Z are found in volume 2. Included are lists of members and survivors of the Brigham Young Company, the general emigration, the Mormon Battalion, and the Mississippi Company, as well as a table of the states and nationalities of the survivors. Reproduced in volume 1 is an early photograph of Utah pioneers taken on Temple Square 24 July 1897, by Springville, Utah, photographer Geo. Ed Andersen. A brief history of the commission appears in volume 1. Some of the jubilee activities covered in volume 2 include: history and dedication of the Pioneer Monument (Brigham Young Monument), the pioneer badge, the pioneer poem, the pioneer ode, the Hall of Relics (including a photograph of the exterior), and the Historians' Finale, a brief description of more prominent phases of the festival.
Alphabetical by surname of the individual
The original paper volumes of the "Book of the Pioneers" were transferred to State Archives from the Utah State Historical Society in December 2007.
Administrative records from the Semi-Centennial Commission, Series 1195, include a "Catalogue of Relics, Souvenirs, and Curios Associated with the Pioneers of Utah" and a record of expenditures for compiling the "Book of the Pioneers."
Prior to its dissolution in 1898, the commission deposited its records in the archives of the state. The twelfth Utah legislature in 1917 designated the State Historical Society of Utah as custodian of all records of historic value. The volumes remained with the State Historical Society following removal of the newly independent Utah State Archives in 1969. The archives holds a microfilm copy only.
This series is classified as Public.
Cite the Utah State Archives and Records Service, the creating agency name, the series title, and the series number.
Archival processing was completed in January 2001 by W. Glen Fairclough, Jr.
- Utah—Centennial celebrations, etc.