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Ida Y. Thorne diaries and other material

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2354

Scope and Contents note

Collection contains diaries, an autobiography, poetry, and family histories written by Thorne. The materials document her life and activities, including her missionary service, family life, and children. Also includes writing and notes related to the Young family. The materials date from between 1882 and 1969.


  • approximately 1882-1969


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 Ida Vilate Young Thorne papers and diaries must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Ida Y. Thorne (1882-1969) was a librarian in Brigham City, Utah.

Ida Vilate Young Thorne was born on October 24, 1882 in Perry, Utah, to Harriet Campkin and Thomas Young. She was able to attend the Salt Lake Temple dedication on April 12, 1893. She served a two-year mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to the Midwest, particularly in St. Louis and Independence, Missouri, from 1909 to 1911. In 1912 she was called to be the librarian of the Box Elder Stakes M. I. A. Library in Brigham City. She attended the first library training course in Utah during the summer of 1912. She became librarian of Box Elder High School in 1913, while working at the city library in the afternoons. She married Milton Jeferson Thorne on April 8,1914. He had three children from a previous marriage, and together Ida and Milton had four children. All seven children were raised as her own. During her life she was an avid journal writer. Thorne died on December 16, 1969 at age 87.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains the manuscript of "The Life and Times of Ida Vilate Young Thorne" and other writings of Ida Vilate Young Thorne, including her fifteen diaries, 1882-1969.

Custodial History note

Donated by Marlowe D. Thorn in 1991. Some materials previously managed separately as the Ida Y. Thorne papers (MSS 3928), but were integrated into the collection in 2009.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Marlowe D. Thorn; 1991.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts because of Thorne's residence in western America and her membership in the Mormon Church.

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Ida Y. Thorne diaries and other material
In Progress
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
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