Ada Forsberg journals

Ada Forsberg journals

Dates: 1931-1934

In her journals, Ada Forsberg talks about her life as the daugher of a Latter-day Saint Mission President's daughter. Prior to living in Sweden, Forsberg had lived with her family in Salt Lake City, Utah. Her journals talk about her days at school, interactions with her family, and the problems she encountered while living in a new country. Ada's journals also contain various materials stuck between their pages. These materials include writing snippets, pressed leaves, and napkins. Ada kept her journals faithfully during this time period, and her transitions from one day to the next are surprisingly smooth while her journals reflect honesty and dedication.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Forsberg, Ada, 1909-1950
  • Call Number: MSS 6480
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ada Forsberg journals 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 6480; Ada Forsberg journals; 20th Century Western & Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6480, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Maintained by Ted Lyon until time of donation.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Ted Lyon; 2007.
Related Material
See also Ted Lyon papers (MSS 6293; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collection Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah). See also Mary Ockander papers (MSS 6450; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collection Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah). See also T. Edgar Lyon: a Teacher in Zion (BX 8670.1 .L995 L 2002; Harold B. Lee Library, Special Collections Department, Americana Collection; Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah).
Subject Terms
Diaries; Material Types
Processing Information
Processed; Lissa Bogart; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th Century Western & Mormon Americana; Diaries of a girl during the time her father served as a Latter-day Saint Mission President.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Forsberg (Ada) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lissa Bogart
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-02-14T10:35-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Ada Forsberg (1909-1950) was a Utah native whose father served as mission president for the Swedish mission.

Ada Forsberg (1909-1950) was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on the first of August to parents Mary Ockander and Gustave Forsberg. She was twins with her brother, Allyn Lorentz. Her mother died when the twins were not quite five years old; her father quickly remarried. Her twin Allyn Lorentz also passed away when Ada was young. He died three years prior to the start of her journals. When her father was called to be the mission president for the Latter-day Saint Swedish Mission, Ada accompanied her father and stepmother Zina Widdison to Sweden in 1931. Following the completion of his service, Ada and her family returned to the United States. She married Fred Fielding 24 September 1947. The two had no children, but Ada remained close to her nieces and nephews until her death in 1950.

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