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Mormon Legal History 1850-1900: Utah Territory era: Utah lawyers & judicial biography sources

This resource guide covers print and online resources for legal and Mormon history during the Utah Territorial era (1847-1896).

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Utah & Mormon biographical sources

Books and articles

James B. Allen, Ronald L. Walker, & David J. Whittaker, Studies in Mormon History, 1830-1997: An Indexed Bibliography (University of Illinois Press, 2000), Law Rare BX 8611 .A54 2000

James H. Backman, The Early Church and the Legal Profession (2004), (covers territorial Utah and James Henry Moyle)

Encyclopedia of Mormonism (1992), Law Reserve BX 8605.5 .E62 1992 V.1-5, online at:

Galen L. Fletcher, “Seeing the Elephant: 12 Western Legal History Sources,” in Clark Memorandum (Spring/Summer 1998): 43-45; available at:

D. Michael Stewart, "The Legal History of Utah," in Allan Kent Powell, editor, Utah History Encyclopedia 322-326 (1994), Law Second Floor Reference BX 8606.5 .U82 1994, online at:; entire volume is online at:

Utah Historical Quarterly, Vol. 61, No. 3, Summer 1993: includes six legal history articles: Carol Cornwall Madsen, "'Sisters at the Bar': Utah Women in Law," pp. 208-232; John R. Alley Jr. "Utah State Supreme Court Justice Samuel R. Thurman," pp. 233-248; J. Allan Crockett, "Rembering A. H. Ellett," pp. 249-257; Roger Roper, "County Courthouses of Utah: A Photographic Essay," pp. 258-268; Regnal W. Garff, "The Emancipation of the Juvenile Court, 1857-65," pp. 269-279; and Don V. Tibbs, "An Affair with a Flag," pp. 280-283, online at:

Jessica Van Buren, Research Guide: Utah Judge Memorials and Profiles (Utah State Courts, Rev. Nov. 2012), online at:

Jessica Van Buren, Research Guide: Utah Legal History Articles & Books (Utah State Courts, Rev. Nov. 2012), online at:

Marvin E. Wiggins, Mormons and Their Neighbors (2005), online at: (index to LDS biographical sketches in published works)

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