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Lyon family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7955

Scope and Contents

Collection contains research files, correspondence, diaries, memorabilia, and other materials related to the Lyon family. Includes professional materials associated with various family members, as well as historical information on the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Materials date from approximately 1836 to 2007, with most from between 1899 and 1995.

Additional T. Edgar and Hermana Forsberg Lyon family records added in 2023.


  • approximately 1836-2007


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

Biographical History

The T. Edgar Lyon family began when Thomas Edgar Lyon, Sr. (1903-1978) of Salt Lake City, Utah, married Laura Hermana Forsberg (1906-1980) in 1927. They raised six sons: David Waldemar, John Forsberg, twins Allyn Laurence and James K., and twins Thomas Edgar, Jr. and Joseph Lynn. The family lived primarily in Salt Lake City, Utah. Thomas Edgar Lyon, Sr. is the eigth child and seventh son of David Ross Lyon (1864-1940) of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mary Cairns (1866-1948) of Govan, Scotland.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

9 cartons (9 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into six series: 1. T. Edgar Lyon papers. 2. James K. Lyon papers. 3. David R. Lyon papers. 4. Janette Lyon Ermisch papers. 5. David Waldemar Lyon family newsletters. 6. Lyon family newsletters.

Custodial History

Donated to Special Collections in several installments by James K. Lyon and Ted Lyon between 2011 and 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; James K. Lyon, Ted Lyon; 2011-2012.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Related Materials

See also John Lyon collection (MSS 1595), John Lyon photographs (MSS P 1595), John Lyon collection (MSS 2391), David Ross Lyon papers (MSS 2370), T. Edgar Lyon, Sr. collection (MSS 2341), Thomas E. "Ted" Lyon research collection on his father, T. Edgar Lyon (MSS 2372), Ted Lyon papers (MSS 6293), and Ted Lyon research (MSS 6953).

Processing Information

Processed; David Whittaker, curator, and Amanda Crandall, manuscripts specialist; 2012-2013.

Register of Lyon family papers
David Whittaker, curator; Amanda Crandall, manuscripts specialist
2013 June 10
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