Mormon Midwife

The 1846-1888 Diaries of Patty Sessions

edited by Donna Toland Smart

Life Writings of Frontier Women, Volume 2, edited by Maureen Ursenbach Beecher

Winner of the 1997 Evans Handcart Award


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. She 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.

 

Donna Toland Smart received a master's degree in English from the University of Utah in 1981. Smart worked for the University of Utah as a technical writer and served on the Emeritus Board. 

Imprint: Utah State University Press

Book Details

  • Paperback Price: $30.95
  • Paperback ISBN: 978-0-87421-274-7
  • Publication Year: 1999
  • Pages: 480
  • Discount Type: Short
  • Author: edited by Donna Toland Smart
  • ECommerce Code: 978-0-87421-274-7