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Burgess family diaries

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3336

Scope and Contents

Contains a typescript of journals kept by Rhoda Ann Dykes Burgess from 1881-1900 in Pine Valley, Utah, including pedigree charts, maps, and photographs (approximately 400 pages); two original journals of Ernest Hungate Burgess, Rhoda Ann's son, kept from 1899-1903 and 1904, while he was attending the Cedar City Branch Normal School, as well as bound photocopies of those journals with additional photographs (approximately 200 pages); and one original journal kept by Ernest Hungate Burgess from 1904-1905, while he was serving an LDS mission in Germany and Switzerland, as well as a bound typescript of the journal, with additional photographs included (approximately 50 pages).


  • 1881-1905


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 Burgess family diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Rhoda Ann Dykes Burgess was born May 1, 1846 in Nauvoo, Illinois, to Dorcas Keeling and George Parker Dykes. After traveling to Salt Lake with her mother in 1852 she remained in Salt Lake until 1863, when her family was called to settle in the St. George/Pine Valley area. There she married George Martin Burgess on April 16, 1864. She bore eleven children, nine of whom lived to adulthood; and she helped her husband with his farming, ranching, and sheep and cattle herding. She and her husband moved to Lund, Nevada, in 1900 and then to Alpine, Utah in 1915. Rhoda Ann passed away on November 10, 1918 and was buried in Alpine. Ernest Hungate Burgess, the tenth child of Rhoda and George Burgess, was born January 3, 1884 in Pine Valley, Utah. He attended the Cedar City Branch Normal School from 1899-1904 and then served a mission to Germany and Switzerland from 1904-1907. On June 3, 1908 he married Donna Viola Miles and later became bishop of the Roosevelt, Utah First Ward. He was also an educator and a deputy county attorney of Wasatch County, Utah. Ernest died on December 25, 1931.


1 box (0.5 flinear ft.)

Language of Materials


Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Miles Burgess; 1988.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

The library also has Ernest Hungate Burgess's original 1905-1959 diary (see MSS SC 2333) and a typescript of his 1905-1959 diary (see BX 8670.1.B912 1984).

Register of Burgess family diaries
Amy Perez
2011 March 4
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