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James Madison Flake diaries

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 961
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Scope and Contents

Handwritten diary kept from 1887 to 1889 when Flake was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England. Also included is a handwritten autobiography and diary. Flake summarizes his life to the year 1888 at which time he began a diary with many gaps and many short entries. Dates range from 1887 to 1929.


  • 1887-1929


Conditions Governing Access

Originals restricted. Digital copy available online. Transcription and microfilm also available for public use.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

James Madison Flake was born on November 8, 1859 in Beaver, Utah to William Jordan Flake and Lucy Hannah White. He married Nancy Jane Hall on May 15, 1877 in Garfield, Utah, and then moved to Snowflake, Arizona in 1880 where he worked as a farmer. Flake served in the England mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from August 1887 to October 25, 1889. He died on February 4, 1946 in Snowflake, Arizona.


3 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

1 microfilm reel

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Custodial History


Immediate Source of Acquisition



LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission, and religious history (19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collecting development policy, V, b, v, 1; March 2020)

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copy available online. Transcriptions of original available in folder 2 and folder 4. Microfilm copy of original also available.



Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch; March 2020.

Register of James Madison Flake diaries
In Progress
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 7
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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