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Mary Ann Burnham Freeze diaries

 Collection — Box: 2
Identifier: MSS 993

Scope and Contents

Handwritten diaries, notebook, and letter of Mary Ann Burnham Freeze, a Latter-day Saint woman. Freeze writes about her life in Salt Lake City and in Logan, Utah. She served as a member of the General Board of the Young Ladies' National Mutual Improvement Association of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She writes about her various family and social activities, including her account of living in a polygamous household. Materials dated 1875-1899.


  • 1875-1899


Conditions Governing Access

Originals in box 1: Condition restricted. Photocopies in box 2: Open for public research.

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 / Historical

Mary Ann Burnham Freeze was born October 12, 1845, in Nauvoo, Illinois to Mary Ann Huntley and James Lewis Burnham Jr. The family moved to Salt Lake City, Utah, in 1851, eventually settling in Logan, Utah, in 1861. Mary Ann Burnham Freeze married James Perry Freeze Jr. on March 8, 1863, in Richmond, Utah. She was one of four polygamous wives in the Freeze household and had 10 children. Freeze published poems and articles in various publications in Utah such as Women's Exponent and Young Woman’s Journal. She was active in literary clubs and the suffrage movement and served for 27 years as an officer in the Young Ladies’ Mutual Improvement Association. In her roles for the Mutual Improvement Association, she traveled to different locations to give motivational speeches to young women. Mary Ann Burnham Freeze died January 21, 1912, in Salt Lake City, Utah.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Existence and Location of Copies

Photocopies of collection available in box 2.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; December 2023. Item-level inventory for Box 1 added.

Register of Mary Ann Burnham Freeze diaries
Garrett Schroath
2011 March 21
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