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Phyllis Southwick papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9541

Scope and Contents

Correspondence, writings, photographs, newspaper clippings, date books, and other ephemera related to the life and career of Phyllis Southwick. Materials of Margaret Cannon Clayton, Emmeline B. Wells, Elizabeth Ann "Annie" Wells Cannon, as well as the Cannon and Wells families are included and are focused on civic activism in Utah, higher education instruction, and women suffrage movements. Materials dated 1889 to 1982.


  • 1889-1980


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Access

Photographs: Condition restricted. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access

Folder 3: Access to official copies of patriarchal blessings are restriced. Direct line descendants who wish to request a copy may contact the Church History Library.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Phyllis Southwick was born on November 2, 1926, in Salt Lake City, Utah to David Hyrum Clayton, Jr. and Margaret Cannon Clayton. She received a bachelors, graudate, and doctoral degrees in social work from the University of Utah. Phyllis married Albert James Southwick on April 1, 1950, in Salt Lake City, Utah. Together they had three children. In 1959, Phyllis became the executive director of Neighborhood House where she continued her work for nine years. Phyllis joined the faculty of the Gradute School of Social Work at the University of Utah in 1967. In 1980, Phyllis was named Utah Social Worker of the Year. She went on to retire from the University of Utah as associate professor in 1986. In addition to her work in education, Phyllis was a member of the Bountiful, Utah city council from 1974 to 1989. Phyllis died on December 1, 1993 in Bountiful, Utah.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged by creator and then chronologically.

Custodial History

Materials were collected by Phyllis Southwick and came into the possession of Portia Whitmer. Portia Whitmer donated the materials to Brigham Young University in 1993 and 1995.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Portia Whitmer; 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Portia Whitmer; 1995.


II B 5 VI, "Utah and the American West"

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2023.

Register of Phyllis Southwick papers
In Progress
Jamie Wiser
2023 March 1
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States