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Russel Backus collection of Samuel Cordner papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8613

Scope and Contents

Documents and information about the life of Samuel Cordner, including an autobiography, diaries, LDS mission letters, business ledgers, and other miscellaneous materials. Also included is a commentary on the life of Samuel Cordner by his grandson Russel Backus. Materials are dated 1903-1957.


  • 1903-1957


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 Russel Backus collection of Samuel Cordner papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Russel Benson Backus is the grandson of Samuel Cordner, an early farmer and businessman in Utah.

Russel Benson Backus was born to Elmer Eugene and Gertrude Violet Cordner Backus. He attended Utah State University in Logan, UT. Backus is involved in preserving the memory of his grandfather, Samuel Cordner, through donating his papers to the BYU HBLL Special Collections department.

Backus currently resides in Fairfax, Virginia.

Biographical History

Samuel Cordner (1876-1960) was a early farmer and businessman in Utah county.

Samuel Cordner was born September 16, 1876 to to Thomas and Mary Ann Benson Cordner in Provo, Utah. Both his parents were born and raised in Ireland but immigrated to Utah in 1872. Samuel married Elvira Elizabeth Earl (1872-1949) on March 14, 1900. After the birth of four children (Vida Pearl, Violet Gertrude, Vera Elva and Thomas Earl), Samuel served a mission for the LDS church in the Southern States mission from 1913 to 1915 at the age of 37. Two years later, in 1917, their fifth child, Vivian Fontella, was born.

Samuel supported his family through his many farming and business endeavors including produce shipping. He served as Vice President and then as President of the County Farm Bureau group in 1922. He also served on the board of directors of the Timpanogos Cooperative Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association from 1923 to 1927.

Samuel passed away on October 12, 1960 in Orem, Utah.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Russel Backus is the grandson of Samuel Cordner. He donated the materials to the library in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Russel Backus; 2014.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Russel Backus collection of Samuel Cordner papers
Clarissa McIntire
2014 November 25
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