J. L. Crawford papers

J. L. Crawford papers

Dates: Approximately 1925-2000

Collection contains materials documenting the experience of J. L. Crawford while he served as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. It tells of his travels form Fort Douglas to the European war front and his experience touring Europe with the Thunderbird division. Collection also contains materials telling the story of the irrigation ditches leading into Zion National Park and the problems they created within the ecosystems of the park.

  • Extent: 2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Crawford, J. L., 1914
  • Call Number: MSS 7733
  • 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 J. L. Crawford 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 7733; J. L. Crawford papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7733, LTPSC.
Custodial History
J. L. Crawford and his wife Fern Crawford donated the collection in 2005.
Acquisition Information
Donated; J. L. and Fern Crawford; 2005
Subject Terms
Environment and Conservation; Environmental Conditions; Politics, Government, and Law; Military; World War, 1939-1945--Europe; Crawford, J. L., 1914-
Processing Information
Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator, 2014.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Crawford (J. L.) papers
Finding Aid Author
Catie Freedman
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-04-13 15:09:11 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical / Historical

Jasper Louis Crawford (1914-2011) was a member of the U.S. Army and zoologist.

Jasper Lousi Crawford was born on January 5, 1914, in Springdale, Utah, to parents William Louis and Mary Jane Bean Crawford. He grew up working summers in Zion National Park and gained a love for nautre that helped guide him to his future career. He graduated from Hurrican high school in 1933 and began his education at Dixie Junior College and later Brigham Young University. He graduated in 1947 with a degree in zoology.

He was drafted into the Army where he served for more than four years. He was deployed in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.

On August 4, 1950 he married Fern Houson in Panguitch, Utah. He spent the remainder of his life in southern Utah. Here he held positions as a park ranger, business owner, and volunteer. He passed away on September 26, 2011 in St. George, Utah. He is buried in Panguitch, Utah.

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Curator - 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts