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John Orval Ellsworth papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 1558

Scope and Contents

Collection contains the journals, correspondence, and ephemera of John Orval Ellsworth. There are eighty-nine journals dating from 1911 to 1974. The collection deals with his work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, agriculture in the Western United States, university life, and the Ellsworth family. The collection also contains church records, genealogical records, and Ellsworth family materials. The collection dates from 1911 to 1974.


  • 1911-1974


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

Biographical History

John Orval Ellsworth (1891-1974) was a Mormon college professor.

John Orval Ellsworth was born on November 15, 1891 to Asa Charles Ellsworth and Emily Eliza Thuerer. He grew up on a farm in Idaho and graduated from Ricks Academy in 1912. He married Annie Esmerilda Merrill on October 21, 1914 in Logan, Utah, while obtaining his Bachelors degree in Agronomy from Utah State College. He then went on to get a Masters degree and Ph.D. from Cornell (1924 and 1926, respectively). He taught as an instructor or professor at Cornell University, Oklahoma A & M College, Texas Technological College, and Denver University. He was ordained a member of the Seventy in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1920. He also served as mission president of the Central States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He died September 11, 1974.


12 boxes (6 linear ft.)

1 carton (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Journals are arranged in chronological order, while correspondence and ephemera is arranged by type of material.

Custodial History

Donated from Annie M. Ellsworth in 1976 and 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Annie M. Ellsworth; 1976 and 1982.


This collection provides insight into the life of LDS Church members in 20th Century America. Collected in Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007).

Processing Information

Processed; Mary Downs, student processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2010.

Register of the John Orval Ellsworth papers
Mary Downs
2010 October 1
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