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Clyde C. Edmonds papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1426

Scope and Contents

Contains the following: Clyde Edmonds' mission journal from the British Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints; personal correspondence; correspondence, notes and manuals on the General Church Welfare Committee; correspondence, notes and folders on various poultry cooperatives and other economic and industrial organizations with which Edmonds was involved; a collection of notes and talks on the poultry industry, by Edmonds and others and, newspaper clippings on the poultry industry.

Edmonds retired in 1955. None of the papers are dated later than 1956. The collection does not include information on his work with the Utah State Welfare program, or the activities in which he was engaged during the rest of his life, from 1954 to 1973.


  • 1911-1956


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 Clyde C. Edmonds papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Clyde C. Edmonds (1890-1973) was the general manager of Utah Poultry Producers Cooperative, active in the National Council of Farmers Cooperative, and a member of the Welfare Committee of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Clyde C. Edmonds, a noted figure in the poultry industry, was born March 6, 1890 in Salt Lake City, Utah and began his career there as a banker. In 1911, he was called to serve as a missionary in England, for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

After his mission Edmonds returned to banking, and organized a small bank in Gunnison, Utah, serving as cashier for three years, During these years, his close contact with agriculture and its problems led him to participate in the organization of two or three cooperatives. Edmonds finally left banking for cooperative marketing with the feeling that he could be of more service in this field.

During this period of his life, Edmonds became an organizer and leader of many poultry cooperatives, including the Utah Poultry Producers Cooperative in which he served as Secretary-Treasurer and later as General Manager. When he retired in 1955, this was the third largest cooperative in the nation. He was also active in the creation and leadership of the National Council of Farmers Cooperative, the Associated Poultry and Egg Industries, and the National Poultry Producers Federation, among others.

Edmonds served on many boards, including the American Institute of Cooperation on which he was a trustee for many years. During World War II, he served on a seven- man committee known as the National Poultry Defense Committee and on numerous national advisory committees to the United States Department of Agriculture and the Price Administration Office. After his retirement in 1955, he served the State of Utah as the head of State Welfare under Governor George D. Clyde.

Edmonds was also active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and he served as a member of the first General Church Welfare Committee, from 1937 to 1947. As a member of that committee, he accompanied General Authorities of the Church to Stake Conferences as a welfare specialist and answered public questions on the church welfare program. He also served as the chairman of the Employment Committee and worked to provide job opportunities for returning World War II veterans.

Clyde C. Edmonds was a well respected man in his field of endeavor. Among his many awards was the Industry Service Award, which made mention of his business ability, his church service, and his kind disposition. His personal friends knew him as a kind and generous man. For example, after his death in Salt Lake City, on December 25, 1973, his wife was surprised to find that he had given his burial plot to his brother who had been out of work.


12 boxes (6.0 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Includes Latter-day Saint Church mission journal, personal and other correspondence, notes, speeches and publications concerning the poultry industry and the Latter-day Saint Church Welfare Program.


Arranged in seven series: 1. Clyde C. Edmonds personal papers, 1911-1913, 1937-1955; 2. Clyde C. Edmonds ecclesiastical papers, 1939-1947; 3. Clyde C. Edmonds civic and political papers, 1936-1952; 4. Clyde C. Edmonds business papers, 1934-1957; 5. Clyde C. Edmonds newspaper clippings, 1930-1955; 6. Clyde C. Edmonds newspaper indices, 1931; and 7. Clyde C. Edmonds scrapbooks, 1935-1955.

Other Finding Aids

While this finding aid provides only a series and sub-series level description, a more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

File-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

The Clyde C. Edmonds papers were donated to the Harold B. Lee Library in 1974 by his wife. A note pasted to a large file box containing the materials which are now found in the library boxes 1 through 6 states: Mr. Edmonds' Files, taken from his Brown file in Mr. Blackhurst's office.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mrs. Clyde C. Edmonds; 1974.


Western American business and labor history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts Collecting Policy, 2009).

Separated Materials

The papers of Hamilton G. Park (the donor's father) were with the Edmonds papers upon arrival at the Harold B. Lee Library and have been cataloged separately. The following photos were transferred to the Photo Archives: two photos of the Salt Lake City Milk Producers building; a photo of Clyde Edmonds; a zinc engraving of Clyde Edmonds; five matching mats of Clyde Edmonds; a mat of Clyde Edmonds; a photo attached to a letter from J.C. Huttar to the Board of directors of the Poultry and Egg National Board. The letter is located in box 3, fd 4.

The original newspaper clippings, which were filed in boxes 7 through 12, were discarded after being microfilmed and the microfilm copy is now found in box 7, folder 8 of the collection.

Processing Information

Processed; Hyrum L. Andrus; February 1980.

Revised; July 1998.

Register of the Clyde C. Edmonds papers
Hyrum L. Andrus and Stephen Starks
1980 February
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States