Clarence D. Taylor papers

Clarence D. Taylor papers

Dates: 1820-2005

Contains photographs, family history materials, letters, and other papers of Taylor. Collected materials contain information about Provo history, including his grandfather's business, Taylor Brothers Department Store; about his father's business, Dixon-Taylor-Russell Company; about the Lake Resort Provana; about the Wildwood Resort in Provo Canyon; about the Brickerhaven Country Club; about the Bonneville Development Corporation which developed the hills east of Provo; about the construction of Taylor Terrace, east of the Provo Temple; about the Taylor Family Trust. The photographs also document historic Provo and Taylor's ancestors. The family history materials describe Taylor's ancestors and his relationship to them, and the letters document his experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his experience in the United States military during World War II.

  • Extent: 3 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.). -- 38 boxes (19 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Taylor, Clarence D. (Clarence Dixon), 1909-2005
  • Call Number: MSS 3254
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Collection contains four archival series: 1. Clarence D. Taylor photographs, 1820-2005. 2. Clarence D. Taylor correspondence, 1930-2000. 3. Clarence D. Taylor family history papers, 1872-2004. 4. Clarence D. Taylor personal papers, 1938-2005.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Clarence D. Taylor 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 3254; Clarence D. Taylor papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3254, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were created and held by creator until his death. Then held by John Arthur Taylor, Henry Dixon Taylor Jr., and Kenneth Taylor Kartchner, after Taylor's death. This collection was donated by John Arthur Taylor and George Taylor in 2007.
Acquisition Information
Donated; John Arthur Taylor and George Taylor; 2007.
Other Finding Aids
Box-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--South Africa; Taylor family; Taylor, Clarence D. (Clarence Dixon), 1909-2005--Archives; Business enterprises--Utah--Provo; Family histories; Mormon Church--Missions--South Africa; Mormon missionaries--South Africa; Mormon missionaries--South Africa--Correspondence; Provo (Utah); World War, 1939-1945
Genre / Form
Letters; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Kathleen Finlinson, Whitney Peterson, Lionel Thomas; 2011. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, and John M. Murphy; 2012.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.I, August 2007.) Documents the life and family history of a prominent family of Provo, Utah.
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Finding Aid Title
Taylor (Clarence D.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elizabeth Ballif, Pete Hoyt, and John M. Murphy
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-24T04:03-0700
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Biographical History

Clarence D. Taylor (1909-2005) was a family historian in Provo, Utah.

Clarence Dixon Taylor was born May 11, 1909, in Provo, Utah, to Arthur N. Taylor and Maria Dixon Taylor. He grew up in Provo, Utah. From 1930 to 1933, Taylor served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South African mission. Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University in 1936. He then worked at his family's furniture business until it closed in 1964. After the furniture business closed, he spent the next ten years before he retired managing accounts in the BYU Bookstore. During World War II, Taylor served in the European Theatre. He spent much of his life gathering family history information about his ancestors. Clarence Dixon Taylor died May 21, 2005.

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