Clinton Larson correspondence
Clinton Larson correspondence
Dates: bulk 1917-1921, 1914-1952
Three cartons containing correspondence primarily between Clinton and Lillian Foster Larson between 1917 and 1921, although there are a small amount of other authors, including various family members, friends, and ecclesiastical leaders of Clinton and Lillian, and one letter from Eugene L. Roberts. The letters cover Clinton and Lillian’s courtship, marriage, and the birth of their first child. Lillian was a schoolteacher in Utah, Clinton was an athlete for Brigham Young University, a private then lieutenant in the United States Army, and then teacher and coach at various education institutions in Utah, Nevada, and Idaho. The letters deal with country and world affairs, athletics, teaching, their wedding and child, finances, education, religion, and family.
- Extent: 3 cartons. -- 1 folder
- Creator: Larson, Clinton, 1892-1952
- Call Number: MSS 7580 Series 5
- Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
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- Clinton Larson correspondence; MSS 7580; Clinton Larson papers; L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 19th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
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- Subject Terms
- Larson, Clinton, 1892-1952--Correspondence; Material Types; World War, 1914-1918
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- Larson (Clinton) papers
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- Biographical Info:
Clinton Larson (1892-1952) was an athlete and athletic official in Utah.
Clinton Larson was born December 16, 1892 in St. George, Utah, to parents John Thomas and Henrietta Riding Larson. He attended Dixie High School and in 1914 broke the Utah high school high jump record at 6'2" and then won first place at the national scholastic meet in Chicago, Illinois. As a track athlete for Brigham Young University, Larson won first place in the high jump in several competitions, most notably the National Junior A.A.U. championship at the San Francisco World's Fair in 1915 and the Penn Relays of 1917, at which Larson broke the collegiate world record in the high jump at 6'5 5/8" and held for seventeen years.
Clinton Larson joined the United States Army Air Corps in late 1917 and attended the Military School of Aeronautics in Austin, Texas, before serving as an athletic director of the 39th Squadron at Kelly Field, Texas. The 39th Squadron was a special force comprised of "entertaining" soldiers: musicians, dancers, athletes, etc., whose purpose was to maintain morale of the other troops. Larson, then, fulfilled his duty as a serviceman at various track meets in Texas and New York and at the Inter-Allied Games at Pershing Stadium in Paris, France, in June and July of 1919. He won first place in the high jump at that prestigious competition.
After graduating from Brigham Young University in 1921, he continued to train and compete in the high jump for several more years, and eventually focused his athletic ambition on organizational matters of Utah athletics. From 1930 until the time of his death, he was the chairman of field and track events for the Inter-mountain Athletic Association, and promoted several A.A.U. events. In 1947 he became the National A.A.U. Vice Chairman of track and field. He also served as an official in the 1932 Olympic Games in Los Angeles, California.
Clinton Larson married Lillian Foster on September 26, 1918, and together they raised one son, Clinton Foster Larson, who was born on September 22, 1919. Clinton and Lillian divorced in 1946, but in April of 1947 married Hazel Winn Allen. His second married was annulled in Febrary of 1949. In June of that same year, Clinton married Louaine Proctor Tomlin.
Larson also taught high school for many years in the Granite School District and Salt Lake City Schools, working particularly in visual and physical education, collecting an estimated 10,000 slides featuring photographs of physical education exhibitions and serving as chairman of the state visual education group. As well as a slide collector, Larson was a leader and enthusiast for the Boy Scouts of America, serving as the district commissioner for the Salt Lake Council.
Larson retired from physical education teaching in 1947, but continued to substitute teach until his death on January 22, 1952 at age 59. In 1974, he was inducted into the Utah Sports Hall of Fame and in 1975 joined the ranks of other great athletes in the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame.
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Series in MSS 7580
Clinton Larson books
Clinton Larson track clothing
Clinton Larson army attire and equipment
Clinton Larson trophies and medals
Clinton Larson correspondence
Dates: bulk 1917-1921----1914-1952
Clinton Larson scrapbooks and newspaper clippings
Clinton Larson documents
Clinton Larson slides and photographs
Clinton Larson funeral and hall of fame papers
Carton/folder in Series 5
carton 1 folder 1-2
Clinton Larson Brigham Young University correspondence
Dates: August 1914-July 1918
carton 1 folder 3-12 carton 2 folder 1-12
Clinton Larson military correspondence
Dates: August 1918-January 1919
carton 3 folder 1-13
Clinton Larson post-war correspondence
Dates: June 1919-1940
carton 6 folder 8
Clinton Larson veteran correspondence
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