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Clarence D. Taylor papers

 Collection — Box: 17
Identifier: MSS 3254

Scope and Contents

Contains photographs, family history materials, letters, and other papers of Taylor. Collected materials contain information about Provo history, including his grandfather's business, Taylor Brothers Department Store; about his father's business, Dixon-Taylor-Russell Company; about the Lake Resort Provana; about the Wildwood Resort in Provo Canyon; about the Brickerhaven Country Club; about the Bonneville Development Corporation which developed the hills east of Provo; about the construction of Taylor Terrace, east of the Provo Temple; about the Taylor Family Trust. The photographs also document historic Provo and Taylor's ancestors. The family history materials describe Taylor's ancestors and his relationship to them, and the letters document his experience as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and his experience in the United States military during World War II.


  • 1820-2005


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 Clarence D. Taylor papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Clarence D. Taylor (1909-2005) was a family historian in Provo, Utah.

Clarence Dixon Taylor was born May 11, 1909, in Provo, Utah, to Arthur N. Taylor and Maria Dixon Taylor. He grew up in Provo, Utah. From 1930 to 1933, Taylor served as a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the South African mission. Taylor graduated from Brigham Young University in 1936. He then worked at his family's furniture business until it closed in 1964. After the furniture business closed, he spent the next ten years before he retired managing accounts in the BYU Bookstore. During World War II, Taylor served in the European Theatre. He spent much of his life gathering family history information about his ancestors.

Clarence Dixon Taylor died May 21, 2005.

Biographical History

Henry A. Dixon (1835-1884) was a Latter-Day Saint convert, missionary, bookkeeper, and family man.

Henry Aldous Dixon was born on March 14, 1835 in Grahamstown, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa, the son of John Henry and Judith Boardman Dixon. Henry grew up in a religious environment, and accepted the teachings of LDS missionaries at an early age, being baptised into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints on his 21st birthday, in 1856. Later in the year, he sailed for England, then in 1857, continued on to the United States of America. From there, he immediately continued on to join the Saints because an elderly couple, the Walkers, hired him to drive their cattle and care for their wagon. They arrived in the Salt Lake City valley on September 12, 1857. In 1860-1865, Henry was sent on a mission to England and South Africa, where he was able to teach in his hometown. After returning to Utah, Henry married Sarah DeGrey on January 21, 1865, and together they had 9 children. Four years later, he married a second wife, Mary Ann Smith, on April 13, 1869, and together they had 7 children. Ten years later, Henry was called on a second LDS mission to Great Britain. During the trip, his ship hit an ice burg, but was able to limp to port where he chose a different ship to finish the journey. This time, he worked as a missionary for only one year before being released and sent home to recover from ill health.

In 1884, Henry came down with pneumonia, and died on May 4, 1884, in Provo, Utah.


39 boxes (19 linear ft.)

3 oversize boxes (3 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in four series: 1. Clarence D. Taylor photographs, 1820-2005. 2. Clarence D. Taylor correspondence, 1862-2000. 3. Clarence D. Taylor family history papers, 1872-2004. 4. Clarence D. Taylor personal papers, 1938-2005.

Custodial History

Materials were created and held by creator until his death. Then held by John Arthur Taylor, Henry Dixon Taylor Jr., and Kenneth Taylor Kartchner, after Taylor's death. This collection was donated by John Arthur Taylor and George Taylor in 2007 and 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John Arthur Taylor and George Taylor; 2007 and 2014.


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

Documents the life and family history of a prominent family of Provo, Utah.

Processing Information

Processed; Kathleen Finlinson, Whitney Peterson, Lionel Thomas; 2011.

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, and John M. Murphy; 2012.

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Clarence D. Taylor papers
In Progress
Susan Corrigan, Elizabeth Ballif, Pete Hoyt,Margaret Weddle, and John M. Murphy
Description rules
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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