Ida Lowry was born on July 30, 1865 in Manti, Utah to John Lowry Jr. and Sarah Jane Brown. She married Samuel H. Allen on June 8, 1892. They build the home that still stands in Provo, Utah on 135 East 200 North. Samuel H. Allen was a physician in Utah. Ida and Samuel had six children, Moore Lowry, Erma, Olive, Ruth, Ethel, and Marjorie. Olive died in infancy. Ida May Lowry passed away on May 12, 1963 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
The collection is comprised of one folder, which contains the original, hand-written journal of Ida Lowry Allen from the year 1888 while she was living in Springville, Utah. Also included is a typed transcription of the journal. Ida records her daily activities including working at a local store, sewing, cleaning, washing, and attending Sunday school, Young Ladies Meetings, and singing practice. She records her interactions with Walter, who takes her on excursions and buys her flowers, and other friends and church members. Ida maintains correspondence with two men, Walter and S.H., who she later marries. Her parents regularly attend the temple, and Ida records the numbers of vicarious baptisms that occur in the temple, citing “There has been more than 11 hundred baptized for in the Temple.” At the beginning of the journal Ida’s older sister Olive moves away and throughout the journal Ida records her letters and visits to Olive. Ida also records various sermons by church leaders including D. H. Wells, Bishop Reid, and Amasa Aldrich. The final section of the diary is a list of loans made by S. H. to his son, Dr. Moore Lowry Allen from his years in college, 1921-1926.