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Ephraim Portman Pectol papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7996
Contains Pectol family papers, letters, journals, photographs, and ledgers; documents, letters, photographs, brochures, histories documenting the creation and preservation of Capitol Reef National Park; and receipts, and letters relating to The Wayne Umpire, a store in Wayne County. Dated circa 1838-1983.


  • 1838-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Ephraim Portman Pectol un-redacted mission letters: Privacy restricted; permission to access un-redacted mission letters must be granted by Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

All other collection materials: 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 Ephraim Portman Pectol papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


17 boxes (8.5 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Biographical history

Ephraim Portman Pectol (1875-1947) was a storekeeper in Torrey, Utah.

Ephraim Portman Pectol was born in Glenwood, Utah, on May 16, 1875, to George Peter Pectol and Annina Conradine Peterson. He married Dorothy D. Hickman on June 21, 1899. From 1906-1908, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. After he returned from missionary service, the Pectols sold their farm and opened up a general store--called The Wayne Umpire--in 1910. In 1925, Pectol was instrumental in making Capitol Reef a Utah State Park. Elected to the Utah State Legislature in 1933, Pectol wrote President Roosevelt requesting the creation of Wayne Wonderland National Monument; on August 2, 1937, President Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating Capitol Reef National Monument. Pectol died October 6, 1947, in Elsinore, Utah.


Retained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn in 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn; 2012.


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.)

Contains papers documenting a general store in Wayne County, and the creation of Capitol Reef National Park.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Baliff, student manuscript processor; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012.
Register of the Ephraim Portman Pectol papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2012 April 19
Description rules
Language of description

Revision Statements

  • 2012 August 31: Addition processed by Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2012.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States