The Jacob Hamblin Collection contains primarily correspondence to and about Jacob Hamblin. Two of Hamblin's journals, as well
as photographs and ephemera, complete the library's holdings. 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. The collection consists of
photostats or, in the case of the photographs, copy prints, and reproduction of these materials is prohibited because the
location of the originals is unknown.
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.
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from the office of the Library Director. In most instances, permission is given by the Huntington as owner of the physical
property rights only, and researchers must also obtain permission from the holder of the literary rights. In some instances,
the Huntington owns the literary rights, as well as the physical property rights. Researchers may contact the appropriate
curator for further information.
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