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Thomas Nicholls Taylor and Thomas Sterling Taylor letters

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 9548

Scope and Contents

Letters of the Taylor family, mainly between Thomas Nicholls Taylor (father) and Thomas Sterling Taylor (son), dated from 1904 to 1943, with a gap in correspondence from 1904 to 1929. The majority are written concerning business matters during the Great Depression. Sterling traveled the Western United States trying to find work, so many letters are written on hotel stationary. Nicholls stayed in Utah at his store in Provo. The strain on their businesses is mentioned in both men's letters, along with some mention of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. In 1935, there is a letter and two telegrams which mention the death of Vesta, Sterling's daughter.


  • 1904-1943


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Open for public research.

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Biographical / Historical

Thomas Nicholls Taylor was born on July 18, 1868, to George Taylor and Eliza Nicholls. Thomas began his employment with Taylor Brothers, the store founded by his father, at the age of ten. He was named president and manager in 1890 and continued in the president's position until his death. Taylor married Maud Rogers on September 18, 1889. They had nine children. He served as counselor in the Provo Third Ward bishopric from 1891 to 1900,then served as bishop for nineteen years. In 1919, he became president of the Utah Stake and served until 1939. In 1939, he was set apart as stake patriarch, serving until the time of his death. He served as mayor of Provo from 1900 to 1903 and as vice president of the Utah State Council of Defence from 1917 to 1919. From 1921 to 1939, he served as a member of the Brigham Young University Board of Trustees and as chairman of the executive committee for many years. Thomas Nicholls Taylor passed away in Provo, Utah, on October 24, 1950.

Biographical / Historical

Thomas Sterling Taylor was born July 7, 1890, to Thomas Nicholls Taylor and Mary Maud Elon Rogers. In 1915, he married Nellie Todd Taylor and had three children. He registered for military service in 1919. He lived in San Francisco, California during the Great Depression where he sold furniture and pianos. His daughter Vesta died in a gun accident in June 1935. He died on January 14, 1991 in Provo, Utah at age 100.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in chronological order.

Custodial History

Donated by Thomas H. Henderson in October 2021.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Thomas H. Henderson; October 13, 2021.


II B 5 VI, "Utah and the American West"

Processing Information

Processed; Tayla Boyer; 2022. Materials were rehoused and arranged in chronological order.

Register of Thomas Nicholls Taylor and Thomas Sterling Taylor letters
In Progress
Tayla Boyer
2022 April 19
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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