University of Texas, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History

A Guide to the David L. Laughlin Papers, 1846-1858, 1968, 1989



Descriptive Summary

Creator: Laughlin, David L.
Title: David L. Laughlin Papers
Dates: 1846-1858, 1968, 1989
Abstract: The David L. Laughlin Papers contains research materials and notes on Mormons in Texas. Included are photographs of the Morman Mills Colony, photocopies of correspondence and newspapers about Lyman Wight and other Mormon settlers, and research articles.
Accession No.: 2009-245
Extent: 1/2 in.
Language: Materials are written in English.
Repository: Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin

Biographical Note

After the death of Mormon leader Joseph Smith, Lyman Wight brought followers to Texas in 1845, splitting from Smith's successor Brigham Young who traveled to Utah. The next year Wight established a colony in Austin, then moved near Fredricksburg as the community of Zodiac. A few years later, trouble stirred - the Utah Mormons excommunicated Wight and floods destroyed Zodiac. The colonists pressed on, however, and relocated to Burnet County, establishing the Mormon Mills Colony. The followers soon abandoned Mormon Mills, resettling again in Mountain Valley in Bandera County. Soon after, Wight died in 1858, and the colonists separated.

David L. Laughlin has researched and written about the Mormon history, specifically in Texas.


Scope and Contents

The David L. Laughlin Papers contains research materials and notes on Mormons in Texas. Included are photographs of the Mormon Mills Colony, photocopies of correspondence and newspapers about Lyman Wight and other Mormon settlers, and research articles.


Restrictions

Access Restrictions

Unrestricted access.

Use Restrictions

Unrestricted use.


Index Terms

Subjects (Persons)
Laughlin, David L. -- Archives.
Wight, Lyman.
Subjects
Mormon Church -- Texas -- History.
Mormons -- Texas -- History.
Places
Texas -- History.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

David L. Laughlin Papers, 1846-1858, 1968, 1989, Dolph Briscoe Center for American History, The University of Texas at Austin.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Laurel Rozema, September 2009.


Detailed Description of the Papers

 

Mormons in Texas

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3H337 Research material, 1846-1858, 1968, 1989
Bibliography on floppy disk
Bibliography on CD-R



 

Mormon Mills Colony

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3W115 Photographs and negative, undated
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3H337 Photograph scan on CD-R