Thomas Alfred Clawson papers

Thomas Alfred Clawson papers

Dates: 1899-1908

The collection contains mostly the correspondence of Bishop Thomas Alfred Clawson from 3 January 1906 - 28 August 1908. Also contains notes relating to lessons on Church History in Sunday School, 1899-1901.

  • Extent: 1 microfilm reel (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 box (0.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Clawson, Thomas Alfred, 1862-1942
  • Call Number: MSS 2289
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Microfilm copy is open without restriction. Permission to access original materials must be given by the Supervisor of Reference Services.
Languages and Scripts
The collection consist of two series: 1. Thomas Alfred Clawson lesson notes, 1899-1901; and 2. Thomas Alfred Clawson correspondence, 1905-1908.
Alternative Format
Microfilm copy available for entire collection.
Conditions of Use
Permission to publish material from the Thomas Alfred Clawson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 2289; Thomas Alfred Clawson papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following Citations: MSS 2289, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated to the Brigham Young University on 22 March 2000 by James Clawson Dean. All items have remained in the family until being donated to the Brigham Young University Library
Acquisition Information
Donated; James Clawson Dean; 2000.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. First Presidency; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Presiding Bishopric; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--19th century; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--England; Clawson, Thomas Alfred, 1862-1942--Correspondence; Religion; Mormon Church--Missions--England; Mormon missionaries--England; Salt Lake City (Utah)
Genre / Form
Letters; Microfilms; Notes
Processing Information
Processed; Erin Chapman; 2001.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Clawson (Thomas Alfred) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by David J. Whittaker and Erin Chapman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-19T10:37-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid encoded in English.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Thomas Alfred Clawson was born on 19 October 1862 to hiram B. Clawson and Margaret Jay Judd. He served a mission to Great Britain from the years of 1891-1893. He married Elizabeth Grosbeck on 30 April 1891. They had eight children together. He served as Bishop of the 18th Ward, Ensign Stake in Salt Lake City, Utah from 1906-1938. He died on 3 June 1942.

Thomas Alfred Clawson was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on 19 October 1862 to Hiram B. Clawson and Margaret Jay Judd. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was eight years old and ordained to the Priesthood in regular order. When he was sixteen years old, he began working as an apprentice for his brother, Stanley, a dentist. he worked there for six years, during which time he attended the University of Deseret and completed three years of study. He later enrolled at the New York College of Dentistry and graduated there in 1886. The following year, he began his own practice in Salt Lake City.

During the years 1891-1893, Thomas A. Clawson served a mission to Great Britain. Prior to leaving for his mission, he married Elizabeth Grosbeck, the daughter of William and Eleanor Grosbeck in the Logan Temple on 30 April 1891. Three weeks later, he departed for London. During the latter part of his mission, he presided over the London Conference. He completed his mission in May 1893.

Thomas and Elizabeth had eight children together. Thomas resumed his dental practice in 1897 and later bought the Utah State Dental Supply House from his brother Stanley. He has been classed as oneo f the most efficent men in his profession, and was universally liked as a man by all who knew him.

In 1906, Thomas was called to replace Orson F. Whitney to be the Bishop of the Eighteenth Ward in Salt Lake City. He served as Bishop of the Eighteenth Ward, Ensign Stake until 1938. A year after being released as bishop, he was appointed a Patriarch of the Ensign Stake. he died on 3 June 1942 of a heart ailment.

See Latter-day Saint Biographical Encyclopedia, pg. 100.

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