Rose Marie Brokaw Hinton was born August 24, 1928 to Austin Emil Brokaw and Sarah LaPrele Sorenson in Provo, Utah. She was the third child in a family of four. Her first years as a youth were spent on a small farm in Utah, though she lived for a few months in Oregon. She attended school in Provo but later transferred to Lehi. The family moved to Roosevelt sometime afterwards, and Rose flourished in her high school there. She was extremely active in her school and received a full-tuition scholarship to any in-state university. In 1946, she began attending Brigham Young University, working part-time. The last two years of school, she also served as a missionary in the East Provo stake. In 1950, she graduated with a major in French and a minor in English. Five months later, she married Harvard R. Hinton, and they remained in Salt Lake City for nine months. While there, Rose worked at the library and also as a receptionist. They transferred to Lehi when Harvard began his own law practice, and two months later, they had their first child. After having six more children, they had a young Indian girl come to live with them for three months, as part of the Indian Student Placement Program. After she left, they had another Indian girl, Mercedes (Mercy), live with them. In 1964, their last daughter was born, completing their family of nine children, including Mercy. They had other foster children live with them from time to time as well, and they later built a new home in Lehi.
This collection is divided into two folders. The first includes a five-page typescript autobiography, photocopies of official legal documents, letters, articles, and photographs, and a more extensive, 176-page typescript autobiography that recounts Rose's life as a wife and mother with much more detail from her day to day life. The second folder is divided into the six 'phases' of Rose's life: mothering, homemaking, the arts, genealogy, languages, and community service. Within these are excerpts from Rose's autobiography and diary, photocopies of articles, and other various records. In the arts section are sheets of music, drawings, and some dramas. Following these six 'phases,' is a biography of Francelle Scott Sorenson, Rose's grandmother.
As a youth, Rose read extensively and also played outside, although she did not have many playmates. In 7th grade, she began violin lessons, which catalyzed her love for music. When in Roosevelt, although there was no music program, Rose was quite active as a member of the Spurs, the pep club, the Masker's club, the drama club, and the Toyack Club. Her senior year, she was the student body's girl's vice president, and she graduated as co-valedictorian. She achieved various other accomplishments but was unable to attend her own graduation because she contracted scarlet fever. Although she was offered a job at a bank, Rose decided to work at the town drug store the summer before attending BYU. At BYU, although initially insecure, she eventually graduated with honors and was ranked seven out of nine hundred students. She continued violin lessons off and on, and played in the symphony. She worked her way through school, her first year doing housework, her second as a reader in the English department, and her third and fourth as an assistant in the library. Immediately following her marriage to Harvard, the couple struggled financially. Yet, they never lost faith and instead regarded themselves as blessed. As a member of the Church, Rose served in many positions, ranging from missionary to YWMIA president and counselor, genealogy teacher, and primary in-service leader. She received the Golden Gleaner Award in 1952, and in 1973 became an accredited researcher. She closes her autobiography with her testimony of God and the Church. Attached on the last page of the five-page biography is a photograph of Harvard and another of herself. It is signed by her and dated February 1978. In the more extensive biography, she writes numerous experiences as a mother and wife, having raised her children while her husband was often busy away from home.