Lorenzo Brown diary

Lorenzo Brown diary

Dates: 1875-1880

Collection contains a handwritten diary. Except for a few pages, the item covers the years 1875-1877 when Brown served as a Mormon missionary in England. Brown was living in St. George, Utah when called as a missionary. He describes his trip to and from England and his daily activities there. Dated 1875-1880. Also includes an unedited transcription.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.) : 200 p. ; 16 x 11 cm
  • Creator: Brown, Lorenzo, 1823-1902
  • Call Number: MSS SC 1880
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Alternative Format
Transcription of diary also available.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Lorenzo Brown diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS SC 1880; Lorenzo Brown diary; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS SC 1880, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Joyce Howell in 1982.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Joyce Howell; 1982.
Subject Terms
Mormon missionaries--England--History; Mormon Church--Missions--England--History; Mormons--England--History; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Religion; Brown, Lorenzo, 1823-1902; Brown, Lorenzo, 1823-1902--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Typescripts
Processing Information
Processed; Elisa Visick; 2010. Revised and updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Brown (Lorenzo) diary
Finding Aid Author
Elisa Visick
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2016-06-14 12:42:26 -0600.
Finding Aid Language
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Lorenzo Brown (1823-1902) was a Mormon missionary, colonizer, farmer, and pioneer in Utah.

Lorenzo Brown was born on February 2, 1823 in Pomfret, New York to Benjamin Brown and Sarah Mumford. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838, and moved with his family to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839. There he worked as a farmer and barge laborer, while also contributing work to the Nauvoo Temple. In 1846 he left Illinois with the Mormon exodus, staying temporarily in Winter Quarters, Nebraska before arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848. In 1856 and 1857 he was sent to settle Las Vegas, Nevada, but returned to Utah in advance of the approaching Utah Expedition. In 1862 he was sent to settle Washington County, Utah, establishing his family in St. George. Between 1875 and 1876 he served a mission for the church in England, where he presided over the Leeds Conference. He later moved from St. George to Arizona, where he died on December 28, 1902.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts