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James M. Peterson diary

 File — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 2016

Scope and Contents

Photocopies of a handwritten diary and several newspaper obituaries of members of Peterson's family. The events in Peterson's life are recounted from 1850 to 1866, after which a daily record was kept until 1899. Included are incidents from Sevier County history including politics, the Black Hawk War, census records for 1895, and personal business dealings. Peterson also writes about his family, national events, and local weather and temperatures.


  • 1866-1899


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 James M. Peterson diary must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

James M. Peterson (1850-1899) was an Mormon immigrant from Denmark who moved to Utah in the 1860's, and became a banker and politician.

James Morten Peterson was born on April 15, 1850, in Donsted, Idskow, Hjorring, Denmark, to Neils M. Peterson and Mette Kristine Peterson. He was baptized into the Mormon church on December 5, 1860. He and his family moved to the United States in 1862, and joined a Mormon company traveling to Salt Lake City, and they ended up in Ephraim, Utah. Peterson married his first wife Laura Hansine Hansen on July 13, 1874, in Salt Lake City, Utah and they had 3 children together. He married his second wife Sarah Johnson on April 15, 1896, in Richfield, Utah, and they had one child. He became a banker in Richfield and started the James M. Peterson Bank, as well as serving as mayor of Richfield.

James M. Peterson died on April 9, 1899, in Richfield, Utah.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Jim Peterson in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Jim Peterson; 1989.


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

Existence and Location of Originals

Origial copy of diary is located in MSS 3870.

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital version of materials available in MSS 3870 on M-disc. Microfilm is located in MSS FM-2.

Processing Information

Processed by Elisa Visick in 2010.

Register of James M. Peterson diary
Elisa Visick
2010 September 20
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