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Katherine A. Howard Brockbank diaries

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 829

Scope and Contents note

Diaries written by Brockbank, covering fifteen different years: 1871, 1872, 1873, 1874, 1875, 1888, 1889, 1890, 1891, 1892, 1893, 1894, 1917, 1919 and 1922. There are photocopies of the original handwritten diaries, and a typed version. The last entry is written on December 31, 1922. Each diary has a little note in the front about who gave her the diary as a gift. In the back cover, there are names and addresses. Brockbank writes about her daily activities, the health of her family, the growth of her children, her sewing work, her trip to England in 1890, and her church work.


  • 1871-1922


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 Katherine A. Howard Brockbank diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Katherine A. Howard Brockbank (1843-1928) was a Mormon woman in Salt Lake County, Utah. She was a talented housewife and kept a detailed journal.

Katherine A. Howard Brockbank was born to William and Elizabeth Howard on April 25, 1843, in Belfast, Antrim, Ireland. She lived in Salt Lake City and Murray, Utah, and married Isaak Brockbank in 1860. She loved to sew dresses and quilts and often spent seven hours a day sewing, as well as cook. She died on December 27, 1928 in Salt Lake City.


15 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Photocopies of the diaries of Katherine A. Howard Brockbank, spanning the years 1871-1922

Custodial History note

Donated by Darlene Foley in 1994.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Darlene Foley; 1994.

Appraisal note

LDS, Utah, and Western American women (19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.V, 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; H. Christine Broomhead; 20 May 2009.

Register of Katherine A. Howard Brockbank diaries
Karen Glenn and H. Christine Broomhead, student processors, and John Murphy, curator
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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