Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus papers

Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus papers

Dates: 1897-1961

Collection includes autobiographies and poetry written by Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus between 1897 and 1955. Material includes testimonies, dreams, jounal entries, autobiography, poetry, and verse. Also included is the missionary journal of Barrus's son, Orlando Clark Barrus, for 1921 and 1922.

  • Extent: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Barrus, Mary Elizabeth Clark, 1873-1961
  • Call Number: MSS 3070
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Languages and Scripts
Organized into three series: 1. Autobiography, 4 items, 1913-1961. 2. Poetry, 1 item, 1897-1951. 3. Orlando Clark Barrus journal, 1 item, 1921-1922.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3070; Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus papers; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3070, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Orrin Olsen.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Barrus, Mary Elizabeth Clark, 1873-1961--Archives; Barrus, Orlando Clark, 1901-1922--Diaries; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Southern States--History; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Catawba Indians; Evangelistic work--Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--History--20th century; Literature; Mormon missionaries; Mormon women--Biography; North Carolina--History--20th century; Poetry--Women authors; Utah--History--19th century; Utah--History--20th century; Wyoming--History--19th century; Wyoming--History--20th century
Genre / Form
Autobiographies--Mormon authors; Autobiographies--Women authors; Diaries--Women authors
Processing Information
Processed; John Murphy; 2005.
Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Barrus (Mary Elizabeth Clark) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-01-05T04:25-0700
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Biographical/Historical note

Mary Elizabeth Clark was born in Farmington, Utah, on 13 March 1873, and as a young girl attended the first Latter-day Saint Primary. She later graduated from the LDS College in Salt Lake City, Utah. As a student at the LDS College she met her future husband, Orrin Orlando Barrus. Following graduation she taught school in a series of Utah communitites, including North Ogden, Tooele, Salt Lake City, Goshen, Provo, and South Bountiful. On 3 February 1897 Mary Elizabeth Clark married Orrin Orlando Barrus in the Salt Lake City Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Orlando had recently returned from a 2 and a half year LDS mission to Samoa. Soon after their marriage, the couple settled in Star Valley, Wyoming. Mary taught school periodically while Orlando taught school, worked as a principal for the Afton, Wyoming school, ranched, and farmed. After twelve years of marriage, she and her husband were called to serve an LDS mission to the Catawba Indian Nation in South Carolina where they lived with their family from 1908 to 1910. Following the conclusion of their LDS mission, Mary and Orlando returned to Wyoming where they resumed their professional and work-related activities, and continued to raise their family. In 1922 the family began what was to become an annual tradition. During the winter they relocated to Logan, Utah, where Mary and Orlando volunteered in the Logan, Utah Temple of the LDS Church and their younger children attended local schools. During the spring and summer the family returned to Star Valley where they farmed and ranched. This routine continued for several years until October 1927 when the family lost their Star Valley home to fire. The following spring Mary and Orlando moved to Logan, Utah, and purchased a home. Although Orlando continued to spend summers in Wyoming working the family farm, the family had now settled permanently in Logan, where Mary and Orlando dedicated themselves to their work in the Logan Temple, conducting genealogy work and doing family history research. Active in the eccesiastical organization of the LDS Church, Mary Elizabeth Clark Barrus served in a variety of church positions, including the Sunday School, the Mutual Improvement Association for young adults, and the Primary organization for young children. Orlando died in 1958; Mary died three years later in 1961. Mary and Orlando were the parents of nine children: Leone, Hattie Thelma, Ruth, Zina Cloene, Lera, Sterling Clark, Orlando Clark, Thayer, and Merle. Orlando Clark Barrus (1901-1922) died while rescuing drowning victims while serving a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Southern States Mission.

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