Guide to the Hugh Francis O'Neil Collection of Utah Documents and Reports, 1851-1955

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Guide to the Hugh Francis O'Neil Collection of Utah Documents and Reports, 1851-1955

Collection number: BANC MSS P-F 311

The Bancroft Library

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

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Processed by:
The Bancroft Library staff
Date Completed:
ca. 1959
Encoded by:
Charlotte Gerstein
© 1997 The Regents of the University of California. All rights reserved.

Collection Summary

Collection Title: Hugh Francis O'Neil Collection of Utah Documents and Reports,
Date (inclusive): 1851-1955
Collection Number: BANC MSS P-F 311
Creator: O'Neil, Hugh, 1901-
Extent: Number of containers: 7 boxes
Repository: The Bancroft Library
Berkeley, California 94720-6000
Physical Location: For current information on the location of these materials, please consult the Library's online catalog.
Languages Represented: English

Information for Researchers


Collection is open for research.

Publication Rights

Copyright has not been assigned to The Bancroft Library. All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Head of Public Services. Permission for publication is given on behalf of The Bancroft Library as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained by the reader.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Hugh Francis O'Neil collection of Utah documents and reports, BANC MSS P-F 311, The Bancroft Library, University of California, Berkeley.

Material Cataloged Separately

  • Biographical sketches and pioneer interviews which accompanied the collection have been cataloged separately. (See shelf list file - P-F 312-314.)

Scope and Content

Hugh F. O'Neil was an editor for the Historical Records Survey of the United States Work Projects Administration for Utah, 1936-1942. At the conclusion of his work he presented to The Bancroft Library his collection of original documents and copies of reports made under the auspices of the Survey as well as the Federal Writers' Projects. The collection was received over a period of seventeen years, 1942-1959, and has been arranged in seven boxes, as indicated below. The entire collection has been microfilmed, except for items noted.
Note on condition: The original documents are in a fairly good state of preservation. The reports are typescript carbon copies.
Partially duplicated on film from the Library of Congress (FILM P-F 319.)


Documents for Weber County, Utah, 1851-1919. (originals)

Box 1, folder Folder 1

Papers regarding taxes, 1851-1887.

folder Folder 2

Papers regarding elections, 1851-1895.

folder Folder 3

Court documents, 1852-1890.

folder Folder 4

Miscellaneous bonds, 1853-1867.

folder Folder 5

Miscellaneous petitions, 1853-1889.

folder Folder 6

Papers regarding roads, 1853-1892.

folder Folder 7

Papers regarding the pound, 1854-1866.

folder Folder 8

Jury lists, etc., 1854-1873.

folder Folder 9

Papers regarding land titles, 1854-1885.

folder Folder 10

Claims and warrants, 1856-1919.

folder Folder 11

Papers regarding church affairs, 1863-1882.

folder Folder 12

Census returns, 1870-1895.

folder Folder 13:1

Papers regarding schools, 1875-1889.

folder Folder 13:2

Land certificates and miscellany. (Not on film)


Miscellaneous Utah documents (originals and copies).

Box 2, folder Folder 14

Miscellaneous, 1851-1931.

Scope and Content Note

(Including proclamations of various governors, 1851-1892; Allen Auburn's last will and testament, April 12, 1867; copy of articles of incorporation, Pacific Express Company, September 19, 1879; resolutions adopted, June 3, 1899, by the Bar of the 2d Judicial District in memory of James H. Macmillan.)
folder Folder 15

Papers regarding marriage and divorce, 1854-1893.

folder Folder 16

Papers for Iron Company, 1855-1859 (including a bond signed by John D. Lee, and a tax list.)

folder Folder 17

Papers regarding "The United Order," 1856-1877.

folder Folder 18

Miscellaneous notes, accounts, etc., for individuals and firms, 1866-1892.

folder Folder 19

Historical Records Survey. Reports, transcripts, etc., of documents in various counties. (An envelope containing 14 folders, as follows:)

folder 1.

Box Elder County. Note re journals of Judge Fred J. Holton, 1882-1936.

folder 2.

Cache County. Scrapbook of M. R. Hovey: note re railroads, 1868-1874.

folder 3.

Carson County, Utah Territory. [Miscellaneous county records] (Now in Nevada) 45 l., 1855-1861.

folder 4.

Juab County. Notes re records, 1852-1877.

folder 5.

Great Salt Lake County. Copy of minute books (re Indian depredations), September 26, 1877, and of minute books, Salt Lake City, 1851, re liquor laws, 1851-1877.

folder 6.

Kane County. Copy of records, Deseret Brass Band, 1856-1857, and note re monument to Jacob Hamblin, 1856-1933.

folder 7.

Millard County. Court record. 34 1. [Probate court records], 1852-1857.

folder 8.

Morgan County. Notes from County court record and Commissioners minutes, 1915-1938.

folder 9.

San Juan County. [Selected from] minutes of county commissioners, 1880-1900.

folder 10.

Sanpete County. Copies of indentures re Indian children bound out as apprentices, 1859.

folder 11.

Uintah County. Commissioners minutes - [excerpts] 69 1., 1880-1937.

folder 12.

Utah County. Miscellaneous records from county clerk's office: transcripts and notes, 1859-1901.

folder 13.

Wasatch County. Notes of court records. [Probate court records], 1894-1898.

folder 14.

Washington County. County clerk's office: excerpts from Finance Report, June 4, 1867, and report of J. M. McFarlane for building prison at Silver Reef, 1867-1878.


Utah County histories.

Box 3, folder Folder 1

Box Elder County. 1 article.

folder Folder 2

Cache County. M. R. Hovey: "An Early History of Cache County" from the Logan Journal, 1923.

folder Folder 3

Davis County. 1 article by Mary Henderson.

folder Folder 4

Garfield County. 1 article by Mary Henderson.

folder Folder 5

Grand County. Faun McConkie: "A History of Moab" from the Moab Times-Independent, 1934.

folder Folder 6

Green River County (now Wyoming County). Robert S. Ellison: Fort Bridger, Wyoming.

folder Folder 7

Iron County. 1 article, 1938.

folder Folder 8

Juab County. W. E. Dodson, Brief historical sketch of Juab County, 1937.

folder Folder 9

Kane County. 1 article.

folder Folder 10

Millard County. Mrs. Eliza Hook, Essay on Delta.

folder Folder 11

Morgan County. Ireta Anderson, A Brief Record of Early Settlement of Morgan County, 1936.

folder Folder 12

San Juan County. History of San Juan County Courthouse.

folder Folder 13

Sanpete County. Ernell J. Mortensen, Brief History of Sanpete County.

folder Folder 14

Sevier County. "The Early Settlement of Sevier County towns," from the Richfield Reaper, 1935.

folder Folder 15

Summit County. Mary Henderson, history based on Mormon records.

folder Folder 16

Tooele County. Mary Henderson, history based on Mormon records. Andrew Jenson, History of Tooele County [i.e. Tooele Stake] Utah, 1847-1936.

folder Folder 17

Utah County. Hamilton Gardner, "History of Lehi;" Eugene Peterson, Utah County and its County Seat; Clyde I. Fescher, Cedar County [extinct county consolidated with Utah].

folder Folder 18

Wasatch County. "History of Wasatch County" compiled from files of Heber City Wasatch Wave, 1889-1894.

folder Folder 19

Washington County. Juanita Brooks, History of Washington County; S. R. de Boer, Washington County Policies, 1936.

folder Folder 20

Wayne County. Alburn A. Brown, Notes on the Early History of Fremont Valley, Wayne County, State of Utah, 1938, Taken from original Brian [Ward] History.

folder Folder 21

Weber County. Historical sketch of Weber County; Timothy Kendell, A Brief History of Uintah, Weber County, Utah, 1933; A Brief Ecclesiastical History of the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints in Weber County, Utah; copy of letter to Maurice L. Howe by the Commissioner, General Land Office, February 27, 1937, concerning James Brown, Miles Goodyear, and the site of Ogden [and see also letters from Church Historian's Office in Box 5]


Miscellaneous Reports (Federal Writers' Project)

Box 4, folder Folder 1

Lists of, with notes on, governors (territorial and state) of Utah. 3 items.

folder Folder 2

Material concerning Mormonism

folder Folder 3

Material concerning the Mountain Meadows and Gunnison massacres.

folder Folder 4

Notes on forts, etc., in Utah.

folder Folder 5

Notes on Great Salt Lake.

folder Folder 6

Notes on National Forests in Utah.

folder Folder 7

Notes on non-Mormon churches in Utah.

folder Folder 8

Notes on place names in Utah.

folder Folder 9

Ogden, Utah, history.

folder Folder 10

Salt Lake City history.

folder Folder 11

Salt Lake Tribune, article on divorces in Utah.

folder Folder 12

Utah arts and artists.

folder Folder 13

Utah history.


Miscellaneous Reports and Correspondence.

Box 5, folder Folder 1

Dictionary of Utah names.

folder Folder 2

Bramwell, Dee R. Notes concerning various Utah counties, and copies of ordinances of the State of Deseret granting privileges to Church leaders, with covering notes to O'Neil, 1937.

folder Folder 3

Gibbs, Josiah Francis. Inquiry into the sources of Mormonism (typescript), and a copy of a work on Mormonism (1911?).

folder Folder 4

Nichols, George H. Notes on Utah folklore.

folder Folder 5

Nichols, George H. Notes on Utah Indian archeology.

folder Folder 6

O'Neil, Hugh F. and others. Data on "Morrisites."

folder Folder 7

O'Neil, Hugh F. Sketches of individual Mormon wards.

folder Folder 8

O'Neil, Hugh F. Utah Life in the Raw [25th Street, Ogden]

folder Folder 9

Lists of documents given to Bancroft Library by O'Neil.

folder Folder 10

A leaf from Farish, Thomas Edwin: History of Arizona, concerning the Paiute Indians.

folder Folder 11

Material concerning emergency relief programs, chiefly for Weber County, 1933-1934.

folder Folder 12

Utah Pioneer stories and folklore, compiled chiefly by Clyde Fechser; including a letter written to Fechser from Maurice L. Howe, and an item by Frank Silvey, June 9, 1936.

folder Folder 13

Heywood, Abbot R. Letter dated Ogden, April 5, 1917, written as Mayor to Julian Bamberger, president of Salt Lake and Ogden Railway Company, with a leaf of Bamberger's reply. Not on film.

folder Folder 14

Alter, J. Cecil. Letter, 1937. Not on film.

folder Folder 15

Brimhall, Dean R. Letter, 1938. Not on film.

folder Folder 16

Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Office of Church Historian, 3 letters, signed by Andrew Jenson and Joseph Fielding Smith. Not on film.

folder Folder 17

Funk, Antoinette. Letter, 1937. Not on film.

folder Folder 18

Goodwin, Sam. Letter, 1939. Not on film.

folder Folder 19

Great Salt Lake, concerning. 3 letters, 1944, signed by Emma Trevarthen, D. R. Burbank, and Thomas C. Adams. Not on film

folder Folder 20

Hall, Josef W. ("Upton Close"). Letter, 1940. Not on film.

folder Folder 21

Heath, Erle. Letter, 1943. Not on film.

folder Folder 22

Howe, Maurice L. Letter, 1938. Not on film.

folder Folder 23

Hulsizer, W. H. Letter, 1937. Not on film.

folder Folder 24

Johnston, Richard H. Letter, 1943. Not on film.

folder Folder 25

Joseph, Harry S. Letter, 1941. Not on film.

folder Folder 26

Kelly, Charles. 4 letters, 1936-1938. Not on film.

folder Folder 27

McGinley, William J. Letter, 1938. Not on film.

folder Folder 28

Morgan, Dale L. Letter, 1939, with note on copy of letter from Allen Fifield to Morgan, 1942. Not on film.

folder Folder 29

Sills, Carlton T. 2 letters to W. E. Traughber, 1937. Not on film.

folder Folder 30

Woolley, Dilworth. Letter, 1937. Not on film.


Scrapbooks and Periodicals.

Box 6, scrapbook Scrapbook 1

History of Churches in Weber County. Not on film.

scrapbook Scrapbook 2

History of Mining in Utah. Not on film.

scrapbook Scrapbook 3

Utah Church history and Historical Records Survey. "The Ogdenite." 2 periodicals. (a) 11 issues, May 1937-October 1940 (b) 7 issues, October 1947-April 1948. Not on film.

Box 7

Part I. Correspondence and Papers concerning his service on the Utah State Highway Patrol Civil Service Commission, 1949-1951. Not on film.


Part II. Correspondence, research notes, photographs, clippings, and copies of publications relating to the completion of the Pacific Railroad at Promontory, Utah, in 1869, and the ceremonial gold and silver spikes, 1954-1955.