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Clark S. Knowlton collection of Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton papers

Clark S. Knowlton collection of Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton papers

Dates: 1913-1967

The collection contains copies of papers, photograph, autobiography, patriarchal blessings, and letters of Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Knowlton, Clark S.
  • Call Number: MSS 6092
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Clark S. Knowlton collection of Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton 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 6092; Clark S. Knowlton collection of Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton papers; 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6092, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Clark S. Knowlton in 1990.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Clark S. Knowlton; 1990.
Separated Material
This accession was originally donated by Clark S. Knowlton under the accession number A1990-101 (MSS 6090), but was separated because of a note in the case file indicating there should be a separate collection for his mother's materials.
Subject Terms
Knowlton, Mary Albrea Shumway, 1888-1967--Archives; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Patriarchal blessings (Mormon Church); Photocopies; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Appraisal Information
20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana because of Knowlton's involvement in the LDS Church, and his research and work at the University of Utah and within the Salt Lake City community.
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Knowlton (Mary Albrea Shumway) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-05-10T10:15-0600
Finding Aid Language
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton (1888-1967) was a wife, mother, nurse, artist, and genealogist.

Mary Albrea Shumway Knowlton was born on 8 December 1888 in Kanab, Utah, to Anna Pixley Johnson and Hyrum Smith Shumway. She grew up in Big Horn Basin in Wyoming. She graduated from the nursing program at the LDS hospital in Salt Lake City. When World War I broke out she joined the Red Cross Nurses’ program in New York City to prepare to go overseas. Before she made it to France though, she fell in love with a red-headed missionary from Farmington, Utah. After his mission they were married 26 March 1919 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had seven children together. Known as a compassionate woman, she tried to help her neighbors during the depression by providing medical assistance to those who could not afford it. She also helped in the development of recreational facilities for children in her community. She acquired the necessary funds for a playground, swimming pool and a library even during the depression when funds for such things were scarce. For her own family she became a bee keeper, butcher and meat preserver, canner, seamstress, cook, storyteller, and dance sponsor.

She was a member of the Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, wrote an unpublished novel about family experiences, and traveled to Latin America, Europe, the Middle East and throughout the United States. She died in Salt Lake City at the age of 79 on 11 December 1967.

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