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Mormon midwife: the 1846-1888 diaries of Patty Bartlett Sessions




Sessions, Patty Bartlett, 1795-1892, editor
Smart, Donna Toland, editor
Utah State University Press, publisher

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Patty Session's 1847 Mormon Trail diary has been widely quoted and excerpted, but her complete diaries chronicling the first decades of Mormon settlement at Salt Lake City have never before been published. They provide a detailed record of early Mormon community life from Illinois to Utah through the eyes of Mormondom's most famous midwife. They also recount her important role in women's social networks and her contributions to community health and Utah's economy, to pioneer education and horticulture. Patty Sessions assisted at the births of hundreds of early Mormons and first-generation Utahans, meticulously recording the events. Shed had an active role in the founding of the Relief Society and health organizations. She spoke in tongues and administered spiritually as well as medically to the ill. Her diaries are a rich resource for early Mormon and Utah history.--Provided by publisher.


Includes bibliographical references and index.

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Access is limited to the Adams State University, Colorado State University, Colorado State University Pueblo, Community College of Denver, Fort Lewis College, Metropolitan State University Denver, Regis University, University of Alaska Fairbanks, University of Colorado Boulder, University of Colorado Colorado Springs, University of Colorado Denver, University of Denver, University of Northern Colorado, University of Wyoming, Utah State University and Western Colorado University communities only.


Women pioneers -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries
Midwives -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries
Mormon women -- West (U.S.) -- Diaries
Frontier and pioneer life -- West (U.S.)
Nauvoo (Ill.) -- Biography
Sessions, Patty Bartlett, 1795-1892 -- Diaries


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