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

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

Sessions, Patty Bartlett, 1795-1892; Smart, Donna Toland, 1923-

"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 humdreds of early Mormons and first-generation Utahns, 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."--Publisher's description

eBook, Electronic resource, Book. English. Biography. Electronic books. Diaries. Personal Narratives.
Published Logan, Utah : Utah State University Press 1997

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Statement of responsibility: edited by Donna T. Smart
ISBN: 0585030243, 0874212278, 0874213274, 9780585030241, 9780874212273, 9780874213270
Note: Includes bibliographical references (pages 409-415) and index.
Note: Print version record.
Physical Description: 1 online resource (xiv, 457 pages) : illustrations.
System: Master and use copy. Digital master created according to Benchmark for Faithful Digital Reproductions of Monographs and Serials, Version 1. Digital Library Federation, December 2002.
Series: Life writings of frontier women ; v. 2
Subject: Women pioneers.; Midwifery.; Mormon women.; Mormon women West (U.S.) Diaries.; Illinois Nauvoo.; HISTORY State & Local.; Mormon midwives.; Midwives.; Midwifery history.; Midwives West (U.S.) Diaries.; Frontier and pioneer life West (U.S.); United States.; Frontier and pioneer life.; History.; BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY Historical.; HISTORY United States State & Local West (AK, CA, CO, HI, ID, MT, NV, UT, WY); Dagelijks leven.; United States, West.; Sessions, Patty Bartlett, 1795-1892; Sessions, Patty Bartlett, 1795-1892 Diaries.; Women pioneers West (U.S.) Diaries.; Nauvoo (Ill.) Biography.
Restrictions: Use copy Restrictions unspecified
Reproduction: Electronic reproduction. [S.l.]: HathiTrust Digital Library, 2010.
Series Title: Life writings of frontier women ; v. 2.
Local note: JSTOR Books at JSTOR Open Access


  1. Foreword /Maureen Ursenbach Beecher
  2. Preface
  3. Introduction
  4. Diary One, 1846-1848
  5. Diary Two, 1849-1850
  6. Diary Three, 1851-1852
  7. Diary Four, 1853-1855
  8. Diary Five, 1856-1862
  9. Diary Six, 1862-1880
  10. Diary Seven, 1884-1888
  11. Epilogue
  12. Appendix One

    1. Account Book
  13. Appendix Two

    1. Children's Families
  14. Appendix Three

    1. Braiding School Minutes.