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Mary Brown Firmage Woodward papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2650

Scope and Contents

The collection contains Mary’s research notes for her book called "4 Zinas: A Story Of Mothers And Daughters On The Mormon Frontier," photographs, tributes, letters, biographical sketches of her ancestors, poetry, financial records, notes, obituaries, manuscripts, journals and ephemera. The collection also contains materials pertaining to her family. These include patriarchal blessings, photographs, appointment books, and 19th Century Mormon materials including a plate, silk, handkerchiefs, hats, and clothing. There are also photographs and letters from her time serving as a missionary in the London England Mission.


  • 1842-2007


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 the Mary Brown Firmage Woodward papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Mary Brown Firmage Woodward (b. 1916) was a family historian.

Mary Brown Firmage Woodward was born August 8, 1916 to Zina Card and Hugh B. Brown. She attended Brigham Young University in the 1930s and during this time she married Edwin E. Firmage. After Edwin's death in 1986, she married Ralph Woodward in 1988. She has researched many aspects of her family history, and she wrote a book about the four generations of women before her entitled "4 Zinas: A Story of Mothers and Daughters on the Mormon Frontier."


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

3 oversize boxes (2.66 linear ft.)

25 cartons (25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection contains the research papers of Mary Brown Firmage Woodward regarding her work on her book entitled "4 Zinas: A Story of Mothers and Daughters on the Mormon Frontier," and her other personal and professional research projects.


Materials maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Folder 1 of Box 32 is condition restricted due to the fragility of the materials.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in the repository upon request.

Custodial History

Donated by Mary Brown Firmage Woodward in 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary Brown Firmage Woodward; 2003.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2009.

Register of Mary Brown Firmage Woodward papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator
2009 June 26
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