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Lorenzo Brown diary

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS SC 1880

Scope and Contents

Collection contains a handwritten diary (approximately 200 pages ; 16 x 11 cm). Except for a few pages, the item covers the years 1875-1877 when Brown served as a Mormon missionary in England. Brown was living in St. George, Utah when called as a missionary. He describes his trip to and from England and his daily activities there. Dated 1875-1880. Also includes an unedited transcription.


  • 1875-1880


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Lorenzo Brown (1823-1902) was a Mormon missionary, colonizer, farmer, and pioneer in Utah.

Lorenzo Brown was born on February 2, 1823 in Pomfret, New York to Benjamin Brown and Sarah Mumford. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1838, and moved with his family to Nauvoo, Illinois in 1839. There he worked as a farmer and barge laborer, while also contributing work to the Nauvoo Temple. In 1846 he left Illinois with the Mormon exodus, staying temporarily in Winter Quarters, Nebraska before arriving in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1848. In 1856 and 1857 he was sent to settle Las Vegas, Nevada, but returned to Utah in advance of the approaching Utah Expedition. In 1862 he was sent to settle Washington County, Utah, establishing his family in St. George. Between 1875 and 1876 he served a mission for the church in England, where he presided over the Leeds Conference. He later moved from St. George to Arizona, where he died on December 28, 1902.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by Joyce Howell in 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Joyce Howell; 1982.


Utah and the Western American and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1 and 4, November 2013).

Existence and Location of Copies

Transcription of diary also available.

Processing Information

Processed; Elisa Visick; 2010.

Revised and updated; Ryan K. Lee; 2016.

Register of Lorenzo Brown diary
Elisa Visick
2010 September 10
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.

Revision Statements

  • 2016 June 14: Revised for DACS compliance; Ryan K. Lee; June 14, 2016.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States