James H. Clawson papers

James H. Clawson papers

Dates: 1918-1984

The collection consists primarily of personal history items (membership certificates, memoirs, Church involvement, academic achievement, business correspondence and company material, and other correspondence) from 1918-1984; it also includes Church and family history material and newspaper clippings.

  • Extent: 1 carton (1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Clawson, James H. (James Harold), 1899-1984
  • Call Number: MSS 4168
  • 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 the James H. Clawson 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: MS 4168; James H. Clawson papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 4168, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the James H. Clawson family in 1986.
Acquisition Information
Donated; James H. Clawson family; 1986.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; Religion; Mormon Church--History--Sources; Utah; Washington
Genre / Form
Certificates; Family histories; Letters; Newspapers; Reports
Processing Information
Processed; Amanda Clark; 2007.
Appraisal Information
LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Clawson (James H.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amanda Clark, Karen Glenn, student manuscript processors; John M. Murphy manuscripts curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T11:03-0600
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Biographical History

James Harold Clawson (1899-) was an active member and Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who earned his Master's at Harvard.

James Harold Clawson was born April 18, 1899, the son of Charles C. and Rosetta Thorpe Clawson of Providence, Utah. James received his early education in the Providence Public School, then attended high school and college at the Brigham Young College in Logan, taking time out to serve in the armed forces in the 1918 world war. After graduating, he also earned a degree from the Utah State Agricultural College, and completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Harvard in 1922. After a few years of employment with Stone & Webster in utilities management and travel, he returned to Logan and married Leora Gibbs, a classmate from Brigham Young College. After the first of three sons was born, they moved to Seattle, Washington, where James was employed by Puget Sound Power & Light Company (a subsidiary of Stone & Webster), starting as an auditor; he received his CPA certification in 1931 and continued to advance in the company over the years, becoming President and CEO in late 1959.

James was always very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in leadership positions in the Boy Scouts, the MIA and priesthood quorums, Sunday School, Seattle Branch Presidency (and later bishopric) and Stake Presidency, and High Priest’s presidency. In 1960 he was ordained Patriarch of the Seattle East Stake by Elder Howard W. Hunter.

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John Murphy
Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts