James M. Peterson diary

James M. Peterson diary

Dates: 1866-1899

Materials include one volume of a handwritten diary and several newspaper clippings obituaries of members of Peterson's family. The events in Peterson's life are recounted from 1850 to 1866, after which a daily record was kept until 1899. Included are incidents from Sevier County history including politics, the Black Hawk War, census records for 1895, and personal business dealings. Peterson also writes about his family, national events, and local weather and temperatures. Dated 1866-1899.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Peterson, James M. (James Morten), 1850-1899
  • Call Number: MSS 3870
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Original is condition restricted; permission to use item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Use of photocopies or microfilm is preferred.
  • Images: http://cdm15999.contentdm.oclc.org/cdm/ref/collection/p15999coll20/id/22490
Languages and Scripts
Alternative Format
Microfilm is located in MSS FM-2. Photocopy of microfilm is located in MSS SC 2016.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from James M. Peterson diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3870; James M. Peterson diary; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3870, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Jim Peterson in 1989.
Acquisition Information
Donated: Jim Peterson; 1989.
Subject Terms
Mormon pioneers--Utah--Richfield--History; Richfield (Utah)--History; Mayors--Utah--Richfield--History; Material Types; Diaries; Black Hawk War (Utah), 1865-1872; Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers--Utah--Diaries; Peterson, James M. (James Morten), 1850-1899; Peterson, James M. (James Morten), 1850-1899--Diaries
Genre / Form
Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.); Autobiographies; Diaries
Processing Information
Proccessed; Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator, 2009.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy 1.V, November 2013.)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Peterson (James M.) journal
Finding Aid Author
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-08-03 16:51:37 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

James M. Peterson (1850-1899) was an Mormon immigrant from Denmark who moved to Utah in the 1860's, and became a banker and politician.

James Morten Peterson was born on April 15, 1850, in Donsted, Idskow, Hjorring, Denmark, to Neils M. Peterson and Mette Kristine Peterson. He was baptized into the Mormon church on December 5, 1860. He and his family moved to the United States in 1862, and joined a Mormon company traveling to Salt Lake City, and they ended up in Ephraim, Utah. Peterson married his first wife Laura Hansine Hansen on July 13, 1874, in Salt Lake City, Utah and they had 3 children together. He married his second wife Sarah Johnson on April 15, 1896, in Richfield, Utah, and they had one child. He became a banker in Richfield and started the James M. Peterson Bank, as well as serving as mayor of Richfield.

James M. Peterson died on April 9, 1899, in Richfield, Utah.

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