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Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 497
Materials contain Brown's handwritten diary and autobiography. Brown's record starts with an autobiography which takes him to the year 1856 when his diary begins. Describes his conversion to the Mormon Church, life in Nauvoo, Illinois, and relationship with Joseph Smith, the first president of the Mormon Church. Brown then describes his migration to Salt Lake City, Utah, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, move to the St. George, Utah area, service on a mission for the Mormon Church in England, and colonization of Nutriosa, Arizona. Dated from 1856 to 1902.


  • 1856-1902


Conditions Governing Access

Original restricted. Digital copy available online for public use. Transcriptions of original also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

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


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

Biographical / Historical

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

Lorenzo Brown was born on February 2, 1823 in Ponifret, New York to Benjamin Brown and Sarah Mumford. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on December 2, 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. He married Frances Crosby on March 24, 1844. 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 in 1883. He died on January 28, 1902 in Eagar, Arizona.

Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, V, b, v, 1; March 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online. Transcriptions available in folder 2 and folder 3.

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; March 2020.
Register of Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography
Rose Frank
14 April 2011
Description rules
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2017 November 28: Updated "Extent" and “Conditions Governing Access” notes, added "Existence and Location of Copies" note, added Instance for Folder 2; Ryan K. Lee; November 2017.
  • 2020 March 18: Updated file information to reflect DACS standards, added folder 3 to collection; Meghan Hoesch; March 2020.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States