Julian William Cummings papers

Julian William Cummings papers

Dates: 1899-2007

Contains materials related to the life of Julian William Cummings. Most of the materials pertain to his service in the military as a Grasshopper Pilot during World War II. Documents pertaining to this include his own typed reminiscences, drawings and photographs of that time, and official correspondence on his orders. Also includes publication materials for his memoir, “Grasshopper Pilot,” written with his second wife, Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan. Some materials pertain to his mission as well, serving in Argentina. Finally, materials include family history documents, including journals and biographies of his ancestors. Dated 1899-2007.

  • Extent: 2 items (2 linear ft.). -- 2 oversize folders (1.5 linear ft.). -- 4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Cummings, Julian William, 1915-2002
  • Call Number: MSS 8098
  • 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.
Languages and Scripts
The collection contains five archival series: 1. Julian William Cummings artifacts, approximately 1944. 2. Julian William Cummings military papers, 1935-2006. 3. Julian William Cummings family history papers, 1905-1997. 4. Julian William Cummings personal papers, 1900-2007. 5. Julian William Cummings missionary papers, 1899-1980.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Julian William Cummings papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Item 8 is currently in conservation in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 8098; Julian William Cummings papers; 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8098; LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan in 2012.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan; 2012.
Subject Terms
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints--Missions--Argentina; Cummings, Julian William, 1915-2002; Military; Navies--United States--Officers--Biography; Politics, Government, and Law; World War, 1939-1945--Campaigns--Africa, North
Genre / Form
Family histories
Aircraft pilots
Processing Information
Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.) Julian William Cummings was a man from Utah who was a Grasshopper pilot in the military and one of the first Mormon missionaries to Argentina. His papers relate to his life in the West, his military service, and the Church.
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Finding Aid Title
Cummings (Julian William)
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-07-08T12:02-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical/Historical note

Julian William Cummings (1915-2002) was a Mormon pilot.

Julian William Cummings was born on December 17, 1915, the third child of Julian Moses and Fay Cummings. He was born in Utah. He attended school in Utah. He began flying Piper Cub planes as a young man. He served a mission to Argentina in 1935-1938. He was recruited for the experimental and high-risk aerial reconnaissance unit of the U.S. Army's Third Infantry Division, and served in the military for four years durnig World War II, from 1942 to 1946. He flew 485 missions during his service, participating in the North African campaign. He was awarded the Distinguished Service Cross for his service. He married Margorie Louise Caine Cummings on April 12, 1941, but they divorced in 1973. After that, he remarried Gwendolyn Kay Cummings. He died on February 17, 2002 and is buried in the National Memorial Cemetery of Arizona.

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