James Bassett Jacobson papers

James Bassett Jacobson papers

Dates: approxamently 1922-2003

Contains papers covering Jacobson's youth, military experience, college education, careers with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Cal Fed, Inc., service on numerous boards of directors, travel, family life, church service, and personal reflections. Some of the papers are an edited transcript of an oral history interview that was recorded onto tape cassettes.

  • Extent: 21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Jacobson, James Bassett, 1922
  • Call Number: MSS 2640
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials left in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from James Bassett Jacobson 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 2640; James Bassett Jacobson papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2640, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Items donated by James Jacobson, creator, to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2002.
Acquisition Information
Donated; James B. Jacobson; 2003.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS2640.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century; Jacobson, James Bassett, 1922---Archives; Jacobson, Janice, 1924-2001; Diaries; Insurance companies, American--History; Material Types; Mormons--California--History; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Genre / Form
Audiotapes; Memoirs; Photographs; Transcripts
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007). Illustrates life as a Mormon in the United States Army during World War II, and life as a successful businessman after that.
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Finding Aid Title
Jacobson (James Bassett) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-05-07T09:36-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

James Bassett Jacobson (born 1922) is an insurance industry executive in California.

Born in 1922, James Jacobson grew up in Los Angeles, California. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, upon returning, earned his MBA and began a thirty-five year career with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Serving in various regional and national executive positions, Jacobson retired in 1983 and continued his business career as a private consultant, president and CEO of a large insurance company, chairman of the board of directors of Bonneville International, and as a member of two dozen other corporate boards. Jacobson also actively served in various positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in local civic and cultural groups. He and his wife Janice, who passed away in 2001, had three children. He later married Lesley Evans in 2004.

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