Hugh W. Colton diary

Hugh W. Colton diary

Dates: 1921-1922

Diary covers the period November 29, 1920 to October 1922 (March 27, 1920 to April 24, 1920 are torn out but still part of the collection) while Colton was serving in the Eastern States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

  • Extent: 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Colton, Hugh W. (Hugh Wilkens), 1901-1990
  • Call Number: MSS 3278
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Preliminarily processed; permission to use item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Hugh W. Colton diary 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 3278; Hugh W. Colton diary; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3278, LTPSC.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Sterling Colton; 2001.
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Item-level inventory available online.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--East (U.S.)--History--Sources; Colton, Hugh W. (Hugh Wilkens), 1901-1990--Diaries; Religion; Missions and Missionaries; Mormonism (Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints); Mormon missionaries--East (U.S.)--Diaries; Vernal (Utah)--History
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Appraisal Information
19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.
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Finding Aid Title
Colton (Hugh W.) diary
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Finding aid prepared by Megan Furcini
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This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-08-05T10:32-0600
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Biographical History

Hugh Wilkens Colton was born to Sterling Driggs Colton and Nancy Wilkens Colton on 11 January 1901, in a family home on Ashley Creek, Maeser, Vernal, Uintah County, Utah. He died 14 April 1990 (age 89) at home in Maeser, Vernal, Utah. He was the youngest of ten; his mother was 48 when he was born. Colton served in the Eastern States Mission from 1920 to 1923 (27 months). He served under Presidents George W. McCune and B. H. Roberts, and was District President and Assistant to President Roberts. Following his mission he married Marguerite Maughan, on 23 September 1925, in the Salt Lake City Temple. Together they had four children (Sterling Don (donor), Nancy Carol (Bradley), Hugh Maughan, and John Phillip). He earned a law degree from George Washington University Law School and practiced law in Uintah County from 1929 until his death. He was also called to active military duty for the Combat Engineers, National Guard, and fought in several battles during World War II.

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Curator - 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts