Clyde C. Edmonds papers

Clyde C. Edmonds papers

Dates: 1911-1956

The collection consists of the following: Clyde Edmonds' mission journal from the British Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS Church); personal correspondence; correspondence, notes and manuals on the General Church Welfare Committee (LDS Church); correspondence, notes and folders on various poultry cooperatives and other economic and industrial organizations with which Edmonds was involved; a collection of notes and talks on the poultry industry, by Edmonds and others and, newspaper clippings on the poultry industry. Edmonds retired in 1955. None of the papers are dated later than 1956. The collection does not include information on his work with the Utah State Welfare program, or the activities in which he was engaged during the rest of his life, from 1954 to 1973.

  • Extent: 12 boxes (6.0 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Edmonds, Clyde C. (Clyde Candland), 1890-1973
  • Call Number: MSS 1426
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Arranged in seven series: 1. Clyde C. Edmonds personal papers, 1911-1913, 1937-1955; 2. Clyde C. Edmonds ecclesiastical papers, 1939-1947; 3. Clyde C. Edmonds civic and political papers, 1936-1952; 4. Clyde C. Edmonds business papers, 1934-1957; 5. Clyde C. Edmonds newspaper clippings, 1930-1955; 6. Clyde C. Edmonds newspaper indices, 1931; and 7. Clyde C. Edmonds scrapbooks, 1935-1955.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Clyde C. Edmonds papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 1426; Clyde C. Edmonds papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 1426, LTPSC.
Custodial History
The Clyde C. Edmonds papers were donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1974 by his wife. A note pasted to a large file box containing the materials which are now found in the library boxes 1 through 6 states: Mr. Edmonds' Files, taken from his Brown file in Mr. Blackhurst's office.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Mrs. Clyde C. Edmonds; 1974.
Separated Material
The papers of Hamilton G. Park (the donor's father) were with the Edmonds papers upon arrival at the Harold B. Lee Library and have been cataloged separately. The following photos were transferred to the Photo Archives: two photos of the Salt Lake City Milk Producers building; a photo of Clyde Edmonds; a zinc engraving of Clyde Edmonds; five matching mats of Clyde Edmonds; a mat of Clyde Edmonds; a photo attached to a letter from J.C. Huttar to the Board of directors of the Poultry and Egg National Board. The letter is located in box 3, fd 4. The original newspaper clippings, which were filed in boxes 7 through 12, were discarded after being microfilmed and the microfilm copy is now found in box 7, folder 8 of the collection.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
American Institute of Cooperation; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Charities; Mineral Fertilizer Company; National Council of Farmer Cooperatives; National Poultry Defense Committee; Utah Council of Farm Cooperatives; Utah Poultry & Farmers Cooperative; Utah Poultry Producers Cooperative Association; Western Fertilizer Association; Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce; Religion; Cooperative societies--Utah--History; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Poultry industry--Utah--History; Poultry--Cooperative marketing of farm produce--Utah; Poultry--Cooperative marketing--Utah; Retail Trade
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters
Processing Information
Processed; Hyrum L. Andrus; February 1980. Revised; July 1998.
Appraisal Information
Western American business and labor history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts Collecting Policy, 2009).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Edmonds (Clyde C.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Hyrum L. Andrus and Stephen Starks
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-18T13:44-0700
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Clyde C. Edmonds (1890-1973) was the general manager of Utah Poultry Producers Cooperative, active in the National Council of Farmers Cooperative, and a member of the Welfare Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Clyde C. Edmonds, a noted figure in the poultry industry, was born March 6, 1890 in Salt Lake City, Utah and began his career there as a banker. In 1911, he was called to serve as a missionary in England, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After his mission Edmonds returned to banking, and organized a small bank in Gunnison, Utah, serving as cashier for three years, During these years, his close contact with agriculture and its problems led him to participate in the organization of two or three cooperatives. Edmonds finally left banking for cooperative marketing with the feeling that he could be of more service in this field.

During this period of his life, Edmonds became an organizer and leader of many poultry cooperatives, including the Utah Poultry Producers Cooperative in which he served as Secretary-Treasurer and later as General Manager. When he retired in 1955, this was the third largest cooperative in the nation. He was also active in the creation and leadership of the National Council of Farmers Cooperative, the Associated Poultry and Egg Industries, and the National Poultry Producers Federation, among others.

Edmonds served on many boards, including the American Institute of Cooperation on which he was a trustee for many years. During World War II, he served on a seven- man committee known as the National Poultry Defense Committee and on numerous national advisory committees to the United States Department of Agriculture and the Price Administration Office. After his retirement in 1955, he served the State of Utah as the head of State Welfare under Governor George D. Clyde.

Edmonds was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he served as a member of the first General Church Welfare Committee, from 1937 to 1947. As a member of that committee, he accompanied General Authorities of the Church to Stake Conferences as a welfare specialist and answered public questions on the church welfare program. He also served as the chairman of the Employment Committee and worked to provide job opportunities for returning World War II veterans.

Clyde C. Edmonds was a well respected man in his field of endeavor. Among his many awards was the Industry Service Award, which made mention of his business ability, his church service, and his kind disposition. His personal friends knew him as a kind and generous man. For example, after his death in Salt Lake City, on December 25, 1973, his wife was surprised to find that he had given his burial plot to his brother who had been out of work.

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