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O. James Brown Klein collection on Orson Pratt Brown

O. James Brown Klein collection on Orson Pratt Brown

Dates: 1932-1958

Materials contain a collection of five unpublished transcripts and one set of notes that were used to write the autobiography "Orson Pratt Brown, his five wonderful wives and their 34 children, vol. 1" by Klein. Includes the transcripts that were dictated by Orson Pratt Brown between 1932-1943, but the latest transcript is an 1958 edited version of one originally created in 1940. The notes about Brown and his family were made by Brown's daughter, Vera Brown Liddel, in the 1950s, and were referenced by Klein. Items relate to Brown's experiences in the Mormon Mexican colonies from the 1880s until his death in 1946, where he lived as a polygamist and served as bishop and branch president, as well as a farmer and lawman, among other things. Dated 1932-1958.

  • Extent: 6 folders (0.4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Klein, O. James Brown. -- Brown, Orson Pratt, 1863-1946
  • Call Number: MSS 8602
  • 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: 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 O. James Brown Klein collection on Orson Pratt Brown 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 8602; O. James Brown Klein collection on Orson Pratt Brown; 19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8602, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by O. James Brown Klein in 2014.
Acquisition Information
Donated; O. James Brown Klein; 2014.
Subject Terms
Material Types; Publications; Mormons--Colonization--Mexico--History; Polygamy; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Church Government; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Law Enforcement; Social Life and Customs; Home and Family; Klein, O. James Brown; Brown, Orson Pratt, 1863-1946
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Processing Information
Processed; Nate Burroughs, intern manuscript processor, and Ryan K. Lee, curator; 2014.
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.)
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Finding Aid Title
Klein (O. James Brown) collection on Orson Pratt Brown
Finding Aid Author
Nate Burroughs
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-11-05 13:05:00 -0700.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Orson Pratt Brown (1863-1946) was a farmer, lawman, and polygamist in the Mormon Mexican colonies.

Orson Pratt Brown was born on May 22, 1863, in Ogden, Utah, to James Brown Jr. and Phoebe Abigail Abbott. He married Martha Diana Romney on October 10, 1887, in Colonia Juarez, Mexico, and they had ten children together. He later married four more wives: Jane Bodily Galbraith (1897), Elizabeth Graham MacDonald (1901), Eliza Skousen (1902), Maria Angela Gabaldon (1919).

He served The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in many capcities such as bishop, high councilman, and branch president. His main occupations were as farmer and cattle rancher, but he also served as lawman, U.S. customs agent, and U.S. Army Secret Service agent, among many others.

Orson Pratt Brown died on March 10, 1946, in Colonia Dublan, Mexico.

Biographical History

O. James Brown Klein (Jim Klein) is a lawyer and a businessman in Mesa, Arizona. He is the founder and librarian of the William and Margaret Brown Family History Library and Center on the Internet at http://www.brownhistory.org

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