Norma Larson Elliott family papers

Norma Larson Elliott family papers

Dates: 1913-1972

Materials include Norma Larson Elliott's Book of Remembrance, correspondence to her from missionary family members, financial records, journal notebooks, and ephemera. Six folders of biographies and photos have been digitized onto a DVD. Dated 1913-1972.

  • Extent: 3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009. -- Larson, Alof Pratt, 1882-1961
  • Call Number: MSS 8264
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Norma Larson Elliott family 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 8264; Norma Larson Elliott family papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 8264, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Margaret Weddle, niece of Norma Larson Elliott, in 2013.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Margaret Weddle; October 2013.
Subject Terms
Pioneers; Home and Family; Social Life and Customs; Clubs and Societies; Religion; Family histories; Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009; Elliott, Norma Larson, 1916-2009--Genealogy; Larson, Alof Pratt, 1882-1961; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Southern States Mission; Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Hawaii Mission
Genre / Form
Diaries; Compact discs; Letters; Printed ephemera
Processing Information
Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013. Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.
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).
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Finding Aid Title
Elliott (Norma Larson) family papers
Finding Aid Author
Margaret Weddle
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2015-05-05 15:21:05 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Norma Larson Elliott (1916-2009) was a Latter-day Saint family history specialist.

Norma Larson Elliott was born on May 30, 1916 to Margaret Smith and Alof Pratt Larson in Lakeside, Arizona. She studied family history at Brigham Young University in 1962, and it remained a passon for her whole life. She not only found much of the genealogy that is listed for the Smith and Hunt families, but also collected their histories. She also maintained records about her parents' homestead businesses, Latter-day Saint missions, and lives.

She had no children of her own, but was a motherly influence in the lives of her nieces and nephews. Elliott died on June 5, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.

Biographical History

Alof Pratt Larson (1882-1961) was a pioneer who schooled himself until he was proficient in at least 31 different trades, ranging from sheepherdering and farming to surveying and law enforcement.

Alof Pratt Larson was born in Snowflake, Arizona, on November 7, 1882, to parents Alof and May Louise Hunt Larson. He married a local girl, Margaret Smith (1884-1973), on June 1, 1904, in Salt Lake City, Utah, in the SLC Temple, and they had 8 children: Helen (1905-2003), Maybelle (1907-1972), Maxine (1909-1994), Marsden (1912-1992), Norma (1916-2009), Gladys (1919-1970), Waldo (1921- ), and Dorothy (1924- ). He never finished high school, but was self-educated in many areas. Over the course of his life he became proficient at 31 different trades, including: auto mechanic and driver, blacksmith, builder, carpenter, deputy sheriff, farmer, government inspector, homesteader, horseman, plasterer, railroad worker, road worker, sawyer, sheep sheerer, surveyor, miner, and teacher, a true pioneer and jack-of-all-trades. He was a Mormon, teacher, missionary to the Maricopa Indians and the Hawaiian Islands, and 1st bishop of the Lakeside ward. He died on August 12, 1961, in Lakeside, Arizona, while on a family vacation to the lands he had homesteaded. He is buried in the Lakeside, Arizona City Cemetery, which was on land he had donated to the city for that purpose.

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