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Mary Viva Skousen Bluth Brown autobiographical writings

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2095

Scope and Contents

Includes a 525-page autobiography, completed in 1994, and a five-page autobiographical sketch dated 1995. The material details her early life as a Mormon in Colonia Juarez, Mexico; musical talents, especially in piano; work as a school teacher; family activities; travels; and temple and family history work. Autobiography contains significant information about her husband, Egbert Daniel (Buster) Brown, and other family members, and includes numerous photographic images. Autobiographical sketches are included for Egbert Daniel Brown and his first wife, Irene Lillywhite Brown.


  • 1944-1995


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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


2 folders (2 items)

Custodial History

Author gave this material to Max Berryessa, historian of the Brigham Young University Emeritus Alumnus Association, at the latter's invitation. Berryessa passed it to Brian Reeves, University Archivist, on 9 September 1998. Viva, the author, was a resident of Provo at the time of donation. She briefly attended BYU a couple of different times.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Viva Skousen Bluth Brown; 1998.


LDS, Utah, and Western American women (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Register of Autobiographical writings
Andrea Wyss
2011 March 16
Description rules
Language of description
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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