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James H. Clawson papers

 Collection — Carton: 1
Identifier: MSS 4168

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists primarily of personal history items (membership certificates, memoirs, Church involvement, academic achievement, business correspondence and company material, and other correspondence) from 1918-1984; it also includes Church and family history material and newspaper clippings.


  • 1918-1984


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biographical History

James Harold Clawson (1899-) was an active member and Patriarch of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who earned his Master's at Harvard.

James Harold Clawson was born April 18, 1899, the son of Charles C. and Rosetta Thorpe Clawson of Providence, Utah. James received his early education in the Providence Public School, then attended high school and college at the Brigham Young College in Logan, taking time out to serve in the armed forces in the 1918 world war. After graduating, he also earned a degree from the Utah State Agricultural College, and completed his Master’s degree in Business Administration at Harvard in 1922. After a few years of employment with Stone & Webster in utilities management and travel, he returned to Logan and married Leora Gibbs, a classmate from Brigham Young College. After the first of three sons was born, they moved to Seattle, Washington, where James was employed by Puget Sound Power & Light Company (a subsidiary of Stone & Webster), starting as an auditor; he received his CPA certification in 1931 and continued to advance in the company over the years, becoming President and CEO in late 1959.

James was always very active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving in leadership positions in the Boy Scouts, the MIA and priesthood quorums, Sunday School, Seattle Branch Presidency (and later bishopric) and Stake Presidency, and High Priest’s presidency. In 1960 he was ordained Patriarch of the Seattle East Stake by Elder Howard W. Hunter.


1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The collection consists primarily of personal history items of James H. Clawson.

Custodial History note

Donated by the James H. Clawson family in 1986.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; James H. Clawson family; 1986.

Appraisal note

LDS cultural, social, and religious history (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Amanda Clark; 2007.

Register of James H. Clawson papers
Amanda Clark, Karen Glenn, student manuscript processors; John M. Murphy manuscripts curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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