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Paul Parrish Ashworth autobiography

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Identifier: MSS 6016

Scope and Contents note

Autobiography of Paul Parrish Ashworth, a leader in the electrical industry of the western United States. In it he gives not only his own autobiography, but short summaries of the lives of his parents and grandparents. Because of Ashworth’s career, this collection is full of early western technical information.


  • 1953-1958


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 Paul Parrish Ashworth autobiography must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Paul Parrish Ashworth (1887-1960) was a leader in the electrical industry and was Chief Engineer of UPL.

Paul Parrish Ashworth was born on October 4, 1887 in Beaver, Beaver County, Utah to William Booth Ashworth and Mary Elizabeth Shepherd. He graduated from Brigham Young University in 1911, after which he attended Cornell University. Through all of his studies he worked at a hydroelectric power station, the business he would continue to do the rest of his life (p. 26). On January 14, 1916 he married Jane Dutcher Ferrin in Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah. They had six children together. He was a leader in the electrical industry and was mentored by Luciin Nunn and was Chief Engineer of UPL. He died April 23, 1960 in Glendora, Los Angeles, California.


1 folder (0.10 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Autobiography of Paul Parrish Ashworth a leader in the electrical industry of the western United States, 1953-1958.

Custodial History note

Donated by Norton Chaston in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Norton Chaston; 1988

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship and historiography (Collection development policy of 20th century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles; 5 December 2007.

Register of Paul Parrish Ashworth autobiography
Karen Glenn and Melissa Cowles, student processors and John Murphy, curator
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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