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Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography

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Identifier: MSS 497
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Scope and Contents

Includes Lorenzo Brown's handwritten diary and autobiography. Brown's autobiography starts in 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 Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Brown then describes his migration to Salt Lake City, Utah, settling in Las Vegas, Nevada, a move to the St. George, Utah area, service on a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

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 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in their 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.


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

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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; March 2020. Added transcription.

Register of Lorenzo Brown diary and autobiography
Rose Frank
14 April 2011
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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