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J. L. Crawford slides of World War II

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9209

Scope and Contents

Contains 205 photographic slides, three letters, and small token collection relating to the life and military service of J.L. Crawford. Slides document J.L. Crawford's service in the U.S. Army while deployed in Europe and the 157 Infantry Division's liberation of the Dachau concentration camp. Slides also include propaganda slides from Adolf Hitler's regime. Letters are written to J.L. Crawford from fellow World War II veterans and include personal correspondence. Token collection contains 13 Depression-era tax tokens from Utah and Colorado, 3 foreign coins from Mexico and Canada dated from 1920-1936, two bus-fare tokens from Utah, and two tokens inscribed "U.S. Army, J.L. Crawford" and "Springdale Utah, J.L Crawford." Dated approximately 1920-1945.


  • 1920-1945


Language of Materials

Slides are in English and German.

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 the J.L. Crawford slides of World War II must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

J. L. Crawford (1914-2011) was a member of the U.S. Army and zoologist.

Jasper Louis Crawford was born on January 5, 1914, in Springdale, Utah, to parents William Louis and Mary Jane Bean Crawford. He grew up working summers in Zion National Park and gained a love for nature that helped guide him to his future career. He graduated from Hurricane high school in 1933 and began his education at Dixie Junior College and later Brigham Young University. He graduated in 1947 with a degree in zoology.

He was drafted into the Army where he served for more than four years. He was deployed in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.

On August 4, 1950 he married Fern Houson in Panguitch, Utah. He spent the remainder of his life in southern Utah. Here he held positions as a park ranger, business owner, and volunteer. He passed away on September 26, 2011 in St. George, Utah. He is buried in Panguitch, Utah.


1 box (0.50 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Donated by Kathleen Gharda, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Kathleen Gharda; August 2017.


Photography in Utah and the American West (Photographic Archives collection development policy II.b.4).

Processing Information

Processed; Chelsea McNeil, student manuscript processor, and Tom Wells, curator; 2019.

Register of J. L. Crawford slides of World War II
Kathryn Bradley (Tom Wells)
2018 December 6
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