David Horton Elton journals

David Horton Elton journals

Dates: 1898-1905

Collection includes four numbered and consecutive mission journals, from March 1898 to March 1900, and one additional journal dated from January 1905 to April 1905. The four missionary journals provide a detailed account of Elton's missionary experiences and travels in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The 1905 Elton journal includes descriptions of his family and professional life. Collection also contains preservation photocopies of all collection diaries, and typewritten transcripts of all collection materials.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Elton, David Horton, 1877-1963
  • Call Number: MSS 2050
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Condition resticted; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use photocopies or digital images.
  • Images: http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/MMD,31598
Languages and Scripts
English
Arrangement
Series 1, "Diaries," includes three sub-series. Sub-Series 1 contains four numbered and consecutive mission journals, March 1898 - March 1900, and one additional journal dated January 1905 - April 1905. The four missionary journals are fascinating for their detailed descriptions of Elder David Horton Elton's missionary experiences and travels in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. The 1905 Elton journal is interesting for his descriptions of his family and professional life. Sub-Series 2 Contains preservation photocopies of all collection diaries, and Sub-Series 3 Contains typewritten transcripts of all collection materials.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the David Horton Elton journals 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 2050; David Horton Elton journals; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2050, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by John D. Elton in 1998.
Acquisition Information
Donated; John D. Elton; 1998.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2050.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Southern States; Elton, David Horton, 1877-1963--Diaries; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--Southern States--Diaries; Mormons--Diaries
Genre / Form
Diaries; Electronic journals
Processing Information
Processed; John Murphy; March 9, 2004.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS2050
Finding Aid Title
Elton (David Horton) journals
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Karen Glenn, student processors and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-19T10:37-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

David Horton Elton (1877-1963) was an English lawyer, politician, and missionary in the United States and Canada.

Born January 12, 1877 in Worcester, England, David Horton Elton, immigrated, in August of 1890, to Salt Lake City, Utah, to join his widowed mother. Seven years later, in the spring of 1898, David was asked to serve a two-year mission to the Southern States for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During his mission, David served in Florida, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Georgia. He also edited and wrote for the mission newspaper, The Latter Day Saints Southern Star.

Following his mission, David married Nora Afton Hauser on April 3, 1901 in the Salt Lake City Temple. In August 1901, the young couple moved to Canada, where David worked as an editor for the Cardston Star, in Cardston, Alberta. He became a barrister and solicitor, and eventually was elected mayor of Lethbridge, Alberta, a position he held from 1935 to 1943. In addition to his professional and political activities, David was a well known poet, author, and public speaker.

Active in the ecclesiastical organization of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, David served in a variety of LDS church ward and stake callings, including president of the Lethbridge Stake's Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. Known as "wise and gentle" parents, David and Nora had five children. David Horton Elton died August 19, 1963 and Nora Hauser Elton died sixteen months later on December 13, 1964.



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Ryan Lee
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