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Ernest Clark notebook

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7682

Scope and Contents

Notebook contains an autobiography of Ernest Clark, as well as notes from a sermon by Mary Lightner on Joseph Smith and a copy of a revelation on marriage by John Taylor. Clark's autobiography describes his early years in Utah, his family's life in Mexico and their expulsion from the country in 1912, his education, and his teaching career in Idaho and Wyoming. Contents date from between 1905 and 1968.


  • 1905-1968


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Ernest Clark notebook must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Ernest Clark (1888-1968) was a teacher in Idaho and Wyoming.

Ernest Clark was born on October 12, 1888 in Freedom, Wyoming, to Arthur Benjamin and Helen Ross Clark. His family later moved to the Mormon colonies in Mexico, where he lived until the expulsion of the Mormons in 1912. He attended the Utah State Agricultural College, and after graduation settled in Idaho. He later moved to Afton, Wyoming, where he taught high school and seminary. He married Sylvia Ann Carling on May 27, 1914, but she died in 1916. Ernest married Esther Pratt on February 28, 1918, but she died in 1929. He married Cecilia Dursee in 1956. Ernest spent much of his life teaching school. He had four children and six step-children. Ernest died on July 19, 1968 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials are left in original order.

Custodial History

Purchased from Lynn Pulsipher in October 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Lynn Pulsipher; 2010.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.)

Illustrates the life of a Mormon schoolteacher in the early-to-mid 20th Century.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of Ernest Clark notebook
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2011 July
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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