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Vernon Gurnsey Liston autobiography, scrapbook, and other materials

Vernon Gurnsey Liston autobiography, scrapbook, and other materials

Dates: approximately 1943-2001

Materials include an autobiography, scrapbook, photocopy of the scrapbook, and a photograph of Liston in military uniform. Dated approximately 1943-2001.

  • Extent: 4 folders (0.4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Liston, Vernon Gurnsey, 1923-2009
  • Call Number: MSS 6096
  • 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 Vernon Gurnsey Liston autobiography, scrapbook, and other materials 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 6096; Vernon Gurnsey Liston autobiography, scrapbook, and other materials; 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 6096, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated; LeAnn Payne; 2008.
Acquisition Information
Donated by LeAnn Payne, niece of Liston, in 2008.
Subject Terms
Military; Politics, Government, and Law; World War, 1939-1945
Genre / Form
Autobiographies; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Processing Information
Processed; GlendaLynn Ainsworth; 2008. Reprocessed; Sarah Flinders; 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon manuscripts collection development policy, 5.7).
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Finding Aid Title
Liston (Vernon Gurnsey) autobiography, scrapbook, and other materials
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Sarah Flinders
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-11T04:08-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Vernon Gurnsey Liston (1923-2009) was a member of the Civilian Conservation Corps during World War II and a steel worker in Utah.

Vernon Gurnsey Liston was born on November 28, 1923 in Collinston, Utah to Lavon Reeves Liston and Lola Barney Liston. He was raised in Salina, Utah, and attended Salina public schools. From 1940–1941, he participated in the Civilian Conservation Corps and in 1943 he enlisted in the US Army. He landed at Normandy and fought in France and Germany, spending some time as a prisoner of war. He was wounded several times and received several military decorations.

Following his discharge he worked at Geneva Steel, Columbia Steel, Mountain Fuel Supply, Kennecott Copper, and the Utah Paper Box Company. He married several times, first to Carma Carlson in April 1945; they divorced in 1946. He married Lois Acocks Clark in 1948; they divorced eight years later. He married Helen Hatch in 1957; they divorced in 1968. He married Helen Goodin in 1969; she died in 1991. He married Ella Faye in 1993; she died in 2003.

Liston died on August 15, 2009.

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