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James Bassett Jacobson papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2640

Scope and Contents

Contains papers covering Jacobson's youth, military experience, college education, careers with Prudential Insurance Company of America and Cal Fed, Inc., service on numerous boards of directors, travel, family life, church service, and personal reflections. Some of the papers are an edited transcript of an oral history interview that was recorded onto tape cassettes.


  • approximately 1922-2003


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 James Bassett Jacobson papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

James Bassett Jacobson (born 1922) is an insurance industry executive in California.

Born in 1922, James Jacobson grew up in Los Angeles, California. He served in the U.S. Army during World War II and, upon returning, earned his MBA and began a thirty-five year career with The Prudential Insurance Company of America. Serving in various regional and national executive positions, Jacobson retired in 1983 and continued his business career as a private consultant, president and CEO of a large insurance company, chairman of the board of directors of Bonneville International, and as a member of two dozen other corporate boards. Jacobson also actively served in various positions within the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and was active in local civic and cultural groups. He and his wife Janice, who passed away in 2001, had three children. He later married Lesley Evans in 2004.


21 boxes (10.5 linear ft.)




Materials left in original order.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

Items donated by James Jacobson, creator, to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2002.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James B. Jacobson; 2003.


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

Illustrates life as a Mormon in the United States Army during World War II, and life as a successful businessman after that.

Register of James Bassett Jacobson papers
Garrett Schroath
2011 April 8
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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