Paul Soren Hanson journal

Paul Soren Hanson journal

Dates: 1900

Photocopy of diary by Hanson describing his participation in the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition. Diary documents his activities beginning from his departure from Castledale, Utah on April 23, 1900 until his return on August 28, 1900 from southern Arizona. Describes the movements and activities of the party, interactions with local Mormon groups in Utah and Arizona, relationships between party members, and the role of Joseph F. Smith and the Church leadership in supporting the expedition.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Hanson, Paul Soren, 1875-1960
  • Call Number: MSS 4062
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • 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 the Paul Soren Hanson journal 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 4062; Paul Soren Hanson journal; 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4062, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated in 1993.
Acquisition Information
Donated; 1993.
Related Material
See also the Mildred Cluff Harvey papers (MSS 3951), Indian blanket (MSS 2188), and the John B. Fairbanks diaries (MSS 140).
Subject Terms
Brigham Young Academy; Cluff, Benjamin, Jr., 1858-1948; Diaries; Gila River Valley (N.M. and Ariz.); Joseph City (Ariz.)--History; Material Types; Tuba City (Ariz.)--History; Winslow (Ariz.)--History
Book of Mormon--Antiquities
Processing Information
Processed; H. Christine Swindler; June 20, 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Hanson (Paul Soren) journal
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by H. Christine Swindler, Karen Glenn, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-12-23T10:10-0700
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Biographical History

Paul Soren Hanson (1875-1960) was a stockman and local ecclesiastical leader in Utah.

Paul Soren Hanson was born on April 25, 1875, in Fountain Green, Utah to Soren Hansen and Maren Mortensen. He was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1883, and was an active member. He married Clarissa (Clara) Ellis Seeley (1879-1948) on June 15, 1899 in Salt Lake City, Utah, and they had nine children together. In 1900, Hanson was selected to participate in the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition, but returned prior to their crossing into Mexico.

Hanson lived in Castledale and Roosevelt, Utah, where he worked in the stock-raising business. In 1917 he was called to serve as a missionary in the Northern States Mission, and returned in 1919. He was then called to serve as the bishop of the Roosevelt 1st Ward, serving from 1920 to 1923. Hanson died on April 19, 1960 in Roosevelt, Utah.

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