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James S. Brown photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 668

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs and corresponding negatives related to James S. Brown during a visit of a Navajo delegation to Salt Lake City. Dated approximately 1870-1879.


  • approximately 1870-1879

Conditions Governing Access

Open to public access. Photographs kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access

Negatives: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from James S. Brown photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

James Stephens Brown was born on July 4, 1828, in Davidson, North Carolina to Daniel Brown and Elizabeth Stephens. He was a convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and joined the trek west as they were driven out of Illinois. Once in Winter Quarters, Brown enlisted in the Mormon Battalion. He served the Iowa Mormon Battalion Regiment D in 1846. After discharge from the Battalion in California, he was employed on the Sacramento River and was one of the men to first discover gold in California at Sutter's Mill. Brown arrived in Salt Lake Valley in 1848. Shortly after, in October 1849, Brown was called on a mission to Tahiti where he served until November 1852. On July 23, 1854, in South Cottonwood, Utah, Brown was married to Lydia Jane Tanner. Together they had seven children. Brown was also married in September 1854, in Salt Lake City, Utah to Rebecca Ann McBride. Together they had nine children. He served on a mission to England from April 1860 to July 1862. Brown married his third wife, Eliza Lester, on January 31, 1863, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they also had nine children. Brown served on a mission to the US Territories in October 1869. He married his fourth wife, Elizabeth Mary Clegg, on March 4, 1872, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had six children. In April 1872, Brown served a brief mission to the Northeastern United States but returned home to serve in the Navajo nations for several years. Brown was called again to serve on a mission in Tahiti from April 1892 to July 1893. He returned to live and settle in Salt Lake City, Utah. In 1898, he was a guest of honor at the 50th anniversary of the discovery of gold in California celebrations. Brown continued to travel around the Utah territory as a popular speaker. Brown published his autobiography titled, Life of a Pioneer, in 1900. Brown died on March 25, 1902, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These items were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by George S. Tanner in 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; George S. Tanner; 1978.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

These items are part of the Photographs Archive.

Processing Information

Processed; Starrla Pearson and Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of James S. Brown photographs
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 March 19
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