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Oz Flake family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1564

Scope and Contents

Holograph diaries of Osmer Flake including an autobiography of his life from 1868 to 1893. The diaries cover 1893-1898, 1899-1913, 1935-1954. Also included is a diary of Osmer's first wife, Elsie Owens Flake 1897-1900 and a diary of his second wife, Ethel Ray Flake 1925-1926. Also in the collection is Osmer's biography of his father William Jordon Flake and an autograph book compiled at the Beaver Stake Academy, 1887-1888. His first wife Elsie kept a diary when he was serving on the latter mission. The diaries include copies of Flake correspondence and personal papers such as Osmer's patriarchal blessing. Most of the entries deal with personal matters relating to the Flake family and its activities. Many entries are detailed and lengthy. Dated 1887-1958.


  • 1887-1958


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

Biographical History

The Flake family resided in Southern Utah and Arizona.

Members of the family include Oz Flake (1868-1958) who served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Biographical History

Oz Flake (1868-1958) served missions for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Osmer Dennis "Oz" Flake was born on March 6, 1868 in Beaver County, Utah. He married Elise Abigail Owens on March 11, 1891 in Snowflake, Arizona. Elise wrote to him while he served his mission to the Southern States. His mission journal, covering 1897-1898, is available at L. Tom Perry Special Collections. His wife, Elsie, passed away in 1908, leaving him with five children: Grace, Lucretia (Louie), George Melvin, Ada and eleven month year old Elsie (their second child, Lewis Harvey, had passed away shortly after his first birthday in 1902). Flake married Ethel Estelle Ray on October 4, 1911. The details on their children can be found in the journals. He served a mission to Texas from January to April of 1913. He farmed and ranched and worked various jobs in Arizona to support his family. He passed away on February 2, 1958.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Chad Flake in 1986 and 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Chad Flake; 1986 and 1994.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Peter Hoyt; 2013.

Register of the Oz Flake family papers
Peter Hoyt, Garrett Schroath, Karen Glenn and H. Christine Swindler, student processors and John Murphy, curator
2011 March 14
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