Eighteen volumes of journals plus a few other papers. Volumes document his conversion to Mormonism; missions to the state of Maine; visit with Joseph Smith's mother (Lucy Mack Smith), wife (Emma Smith), and son (Joseph Smith III) in Nauvoo, November 1855; participation in Utah War, 1857; and life in Salt Lake City. He also discusses anti-polygamy legislation, his time on the Mormon "Underground" to avoid arrest for practicing polygamy, and his arrest. First volume begins with a reminiscence. Collection includes transcripts and photocopies of the journals. Also includes a small number of letters and Church-related documents, including patriarchal blessings.