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Julian William Cummings papers

Identifier: MSS 8098

Scope and Contents

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.


  • 1899-2007


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 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.

Biographical / Historical

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.


2 oversize folders (1.5 linear ft.)

2 items (2 linear ft.)

4 cartons (4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



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.

Custodial History

Donated by Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gwendolyn Kay Cummings McClellan; 2012.


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.


Item 8 is currently in conservation in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Processing Information

Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2013.

Register of the Julian William Cummings papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscripts processor, and John M. Murphy, curator.
28 March 2013
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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