Leo J. Muir papers

Leo J. Muir papers

Dates: 1914-1964

Correspondence with Mormon Church leaders and Utah government officials, genealogies, histories, patriarchal blessings, autobiographies, scrapbooks, mementoes, photographs, yearbooks, and publications. The items relate to Muir and his family, his teaching and his business careers, and his work in the Mormon Church.

  • Extent: 15 volumes. -- 2 cartons (2 linear ft.). -- 4 boxes (2 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Muir, Leo J. (Leo Joseph), 1880-1967
  • Call Number: MSS 313
  • 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.
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Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Leo J. Muir papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial Citation: MSS 313; Leo J. Muir papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Americana Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 313, LTPSC.
Other Finding Aids
File-level inventory available online. http://files.lib.byu.edu/ead/XML/MSS313.xml
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Northern States Mission--History--Sources; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Apostles--Correspondence; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--California--History--Sources; Muir, Leo J. (Leo Joseph), 1880-1967; Businessmen--California--History--Sources; Educators--Utah--History--Sources; Material Types; Mormon missionaries--Northeastern States--History--Sources; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church)--History; Publications
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Genealogies; Letters; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; unknown; 1974.
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).
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Finding Aid Title
Muir (Leo J.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Garrett Schroath
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:31-0600
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Chronological List

1880 March 9 Born at Woods Cross, Utah. 1902 University of Utah - Normal Certificate. 1902 Married Ethie May Malin. 1906-1912 Founder and principal of Bountiful High School at Bountiful, Utah. 1912 University of Utah - A.B. Degree. 1912-1920 Principal of Davis County High School. 1916-1922 City councilman and mayor of Bountiful, Utah. 1920-1921 Utah State Superintendent of Schools. 1906-1920 Chairman of Democratic Party of Davis County. 1921-1922 Director of Agencies of Intermountain Life Insurance Co. Salt Lake City, Utah. 1922-1932 Sales manager and member of board of directors for the National Thrift Corp. of America, Los Angeles. 1923-1927 First counselor in original presidency of Los Angeles LDS Stake. 1927-1939 President of Los Angeles LDS Stake. 1935-1936 Appointed member of Los Angeles County Rehibilitation Commission. 1935-1937 Founder and editor of California Intermountain Weekly News. 1935-1919 Established an agency in Los Angeles for the Pacific National Life Insurance Co. of Salt Lake City. 1928-1964 Author and publisher of Flashes from the Eternal Semaphore , Upward Reach , Muir's Thesaurus of Truth , Century of Mormon Activities in California , 2 vols, Life of William Smith Muir , Life of George W. McCune , Life of Truman Heap Barlow , and four series of Muir's Card Library of Choice Writings under the title, I Have a Treasure to Share . 1939-1943 President of Northern States Mission. 1949 Death of first wife, Ethie Malin. 1950 Married Ilda Le Cheminant. 1954 Death of second wife, Ilda Le Cheminant. 1953-1957 Member of fund raising campaign and editor of the campaign publication associated with the erection of the Fort Moore Pioneer Memorial (in honor of Mormon Pioneers) in the Los Angeles Civic Center (Approximately $76,000 was raised). 1956 Appointed co-ordinator of Jewish LDS Mission in Los Angeles area. 1958-1959 Served as president of Sons of Utah Pioneers for California.

Biographical History

Author, publisher, Utah educator, California businessman, and Mormon Church leader, who served as president of the Los Angeles Stake and Northern States Mission.

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