Clinton F. Larson papers

Clinton F. Larson papers

Dates: 1970-1978

The Clinton F. Larson collection contains materials mostly related to Clinton's life as an author. Other notable inclusions are audio-visual materials, correspondence, biographical files, student theses, scrapbooks, photographs, and his personal library.

  • Extent: 55 boxes (27.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Larson, Clinton F.
  • Call Number: MSS 1984
  • 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 14 series: 1. Clinton F. Larson books periodicals, and reference materials, 1937-1999. 2. Clinton F. Larson audio-visual material, 1952-2008. 3. Clinton F. Larson plays and music, 1949-1985. 4. Clinton F. Larson Illustrated Stories from the Book of Mormon book with narrative editing, 1967-1985. 5. Clinton F. Larson collections of poems, 1946-1993. 6. Clinton F. Larson published books, proofs, and posters, 1947-1990. 7. Clinton F. Larson holographs. 8. Clinton F. Larson newspaper clippings, 1935-2001. 9. Clinton F. Larson correspondence, 1920-1994. 10. Clinton F. Larson biographical file, 1919-1994. 11. Clinton F. Larson scrapbook and photographs. 12. Clinton F. Larson student theses, 1959-1985. 13. The works of Clinton F. Larson, 1985. 14. Clinton F. Larson annotated library books, 1895-1988.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Clinton F. Larson 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 1984; Clinton F. Larson papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 1984, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Clinton F. Larson's daughter, Diane Larson Porter on February 29, 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Diane Larson Porter; 2008.
Subject Terms
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Literature; Mormons--Utah; Ogden (Utah)--History--20th century; Provo (Utah)--History--20th century; Utah--Biography; Utah--History--20th century; Women--Utah--Biography
Genre / Form
Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Billy Plunkett, former University Photo Archivist and John Murphy, Curator of 20th Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 2006.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Larson (Clinton F.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Billy Plunkett and John Murphy
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-08-26T15:53-0600
Finding Aid Language
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Clinton F. Larson (1919-1994) was a respected and prolific Mormon writer. He is especially known for his poetry and plays. He was also an English professor at Brigham Young University for 38 years.

Clinton F. Larson, BYU English Professor and poet-in-residence for thirty-eight years, dedicated serious effort to the craft of poetry. Author of several volumes of poems, including The Lord of Experience, Counterpoint, The conversions of God, Centennial Portraits, Selected Poems of Clinton F. Larson, and Sunwind, he was also a prolific playwright. Most of his plays are poetic dramas and range from serious religious works ( The Mantle of the Prophet) to satirical comedies underscoring the foibles of modern times, to children's fantasies.

During the 1960s Larson wrote the narrative for The Illustrated Stories from the Book of Mormon, a sixteen-volume work. Other achievements include editing with William Stafford Modern Poetry of Western America and, with Andre Maurois, La Poesie Contemporaine aux Etats-Unis.

He was one of the founders of BYU Studies, the Rocky Mountain Writers' Convention, and the National Federation of State Poetry Societies. Clinton F. Larson was--in the words of his editor, colleague, and friend David L. Evans--"one of the most significant and highly-respected Mormon writers of our time and also one of the most prolific."

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