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Elizabeth Howard diaries and account books

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 360

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes photocopies of handwritten diaries, memoranda, and lists of financial transactions from 1868-1893. Also included are the diaries of Howard's relatives: Katherine A. Brockbank, Libby Howard, and Lucas B. Howard. There are many gaps in the diaries. The materials document the lives of these people who lived mainly in the Salt Lake City, Utah area. The items also tell about the functioning of the Mormon Relief Society.


  • 1868-1893


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Elizabeth Howard diaries and account books must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Elizabeth Howard (1823-1893) was an Mormon convert originally from Ireland. She later moved to Utah and served in various leadership positions in the Relief Society.

Elizabeth Anderson Howard was born on July 12, 1823 in Carlow, Carlow County, Ireland. She was the daughter of Robert Anderson and Lucretia Ward. She married William Howard on June 9, 1841. In 1851, she was introduced to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She came to Utah in 1853 and settled in Big Cottonwood. She was the first secretary of the LDS Church Salt Lake Relief Society organized in December 1877. She accompanied her husband on a mission to England in 1868. She was the mother of ten children. She served as a member of the General Board of the LDS Church Relief Society from 1892 until she passed away on March 12, 1893 in Grantsville, Tooele, Utah.


7 boxes (3.5 linear feet)

Language of Materials



Photocopies of handwritten diaries, memoranda, and lists of financial transactions.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

Donated by Mrs. B. West Belnap, Steve Kovacich and Darlene Foley in 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Mrs. B. West Belnap, Steve Kovacich and Darlene Foley; 1994.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

High quality photocopies available in Box 1-4. Transcriptions of all volumes available in Box 5. Poor quality photocopies in Box 6-7.

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Swindler; 19 July 2007.

Register of Elizabeth Howard diaries and account books
H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
Description rules
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