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Edward Bunker, Jr. Papers
mssHM 63428-63492  
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  • Administrative Information
  • Biographical Note
  • Scope and Content
  • Indexing Terms

  • Descriptive Summary

    Title: Edward Bunker, Jr. Papers
    Dates: 1875-1894
    Collection Call Number: mssHM 63428-63492
    Creator: Bunker, Edward, Jr., 1847-1914
    Extent: 2 boxes
    Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
    1151 Oxford Road
    San Marino, California 91108
    Phone: (626) 405-2191
    Email: reference@huntington.org
    URL: http://www.huntington.org
    Abstract: This collection consists of correspondence and papers regarding Edward Bunker, Jr. (1847-1914) and his duties as a Mormon bishop of Bunkerville, Nevada.
    Language of Material: The records are in English.


    Open to qualified researchers by prior application through the Reader Services Department. For more information, contact Reader Services.

    Administrative Information

    Publication Rights

    The Huntington Library does not require that researchers request permission to quote from or publish images of this material, nor does it charge fees for such activities. The responsibility for identifying the copyright holder, if there is one, and obtaining necessary permissions rests with the researcher.

    Preferred Citation

    [Identification of item]. Edward Bunker, Jr. Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.


    Purchased from Loren Leavitt through Juanita Brooks, April 4, 1945.
    A typed transcript of the autobiography of Edward Bunker Sr. was a gift gift of Juanita Brooks, June 28, 1944.

    Biographical Note

    Edward Bunker, Jr., was born in Garden Grove, Iowa. The oldest of thirteen children, his parents were Edward Bunker, Sr. and Emily Abbott. His father became a Mormon in April of 1845 and Edward Bunker, Jr. followed his father into the Mormon lifestyle. He married Arminta Araminta Zerasa McClellan on November 28, 1870, and they had 13 children. In 1877, Edward Bunker, Sr. and his family, along with several other Mormon families, established Bunkerville in the southern part of Nevada. Located along the Virgin River in Long Valley, Bunkerville was established upon the principles of the United Order. Edward Bunker, Jr. was ordained as a bishop and oversaw many of the financial, church-related, and day-to-day business in Bunkerville.

    Scope and Content

    This collection consists of correspondence and papers regarding Edward Bunker, Jr. (1847-1914) and his duties as a Mormon bishop of Bunkerville, Nevada. People such as H.B. (Hiram B.) Clawson, Henry Eyring (1838-1901), and L. John (Leonard John) Nuttall (1834-1905) are represented in the collection.
    There are papers regarding the establishment of the United Order in Bunkerville, the duties of a bishop, dispute resolutions, the running of the mail, food and livestock, digging of an irrigation canal, taxes in Nevada, tithing receipts, and other financial records and bills.

    Indexing Terms

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

    Personal Names

    Bunker, Edward, Jr., 1847-1914


    Clawson, H. B.(Hiram B.)
    Eyring, Henry, 1838-1902
    Nuttall, L. John (Leonard John), 1834-1905
    Mormon Church--Bishops
    Mormon Church--Colonization--Nevada
    Mormon Church--Finance
    Mormon Church--Government--History--19th century
    Mormon Church--United Order
    Mormons--Archival resources
    Mormons--History--19th century--Sources
    Mormons--Nevada--History--19th century
    Mormons--Social conditions
    Mormons--Social life and customs
    Mormons--Utah--History--19th century
    Nevada--Description and travel
    Utah--Description and travel
    Virgin River


    Letters (correspondence)--Nevada--19th century
    Letters (correspondence)--Utah--19th century