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James M. Peterson diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3870

Scope and Contents

Materials include one volume of a handwritten diary and several newspaper clippings of 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.

Dates

  • 1866-1899

Creator

Conditions Governing Access

Original is condition restricted; Permission to use item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Use of photocopies or microfilm is preferred.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical / Historical

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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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. 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.

Extent

2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Donated by Jim Peterson in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jim Peterson; 1989.

Appraisal

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.)

Existence and Location of Copies

Microfilm is located in MSS FM-2. Photocopy of microfilm is located in MSS SC 2016. Transcription of the diary is located in folder 2 of this collection.

Processing Information

Proccessed; Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Title
Register of James M. Peterson diary
Status
Completed
Author
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Date
2009
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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