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Brent Michael Holmes journals and autobiography

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 6028

Scope and Contents

Contains journals and autobiography of Brent Michael Holmes. He details the chronology of his life, with mention of his academic, career, and extracurricular achievements. He especially discusses relationships with various friends and family members, particularly his wife and children. His journals focus on his day-to-day routine with an emphasis on work, family, and church involvement. The texts address matters of family, social, cultural, and religious importance. Dated 1978-2015.


  • 1978-2015


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Brent Michael Holmes journals and autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

Brent Michael Holmes (1935- ) was a teacher, soldier, and mailman.

Brent Michael Holmes was born January 14, 1935 in Idaho Falls, Idaho to parents Harold Harper Holmes and Audrey Muriel Berger Holmes. He grew up in the small town of Victor, Idaho and began attending Idaho State College in Pocatello in 1953. Between 1955 and 1958, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Swiss-Austrian mission. Upon returning, he continued at Idaho State College where he graduated with a degree in German in 1960. Holmes married Pauline Nash, whom he met at school, on June 17, 1960 in Logan, Utah. They had two children, Curtis and Michelle. Holmes earned a master’s degree in German and English from Brigham Young University in 1966. He worked as a teacher throughout his graduate studies and until his Army reserve unit was activated in 1968, after which he fought in the Vietnam and Korean wars. He earned a bronze star medal in 1969 and became a chaplain in the US army. Throughout his life, Holmes enjoyed musical pursuits and church service, and he served in many different church leadership positions. After several tours at various domestic and international locations, he moved his family back to Pocatello, Idaho, where he worked for the United States Postal Service as a shuttle driver and letter processor. Holmes and his wife currently reside in Pocatello, Idaho.


6 boxes (3 linear ft.)



Custodial History

Donated by Brent Michael Holmes in 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brent Michael Holmes; 2018.


Utah and Western American cultural, family, social, intellectual, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy V.b.v.5, January 2016).


Autobiography housed in Box 3.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2012.

Addendum processed; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2018.


Register of the Brent Michael Holmes journals and autobiography
Kelsey Samuelsen
2012 March 15
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States