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David Ross Lyon papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 2370

Scope and Contents note

Contains letters, biographies, genealogical information, church certificates, and miscellaneous papers belonging to David Ross Lyon.


  • 1885-1964


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the David Ross Lyon collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

David Ross Lyon (August 16, 1864 - June 4, 1940) was the son of the Scottish poet, John Lyon. He worked in the printing business from the time he was a small boy until his death. He served in several church callings, including bishop and stake patriarch.

David Ross Lyon was born on August 16, 1864 in Salt Lake City, Utah, to John Lyon, the Scottish poet, and Caroline Holland. He was baptized a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (also called LDS Church), by President Joseph F. Smith, on November 16, 1876. He married Mary Cairns on the September 30, 1885 in the Logan Temple, and they had ten children together. As an occupation, he worked in a printing office. He began at the age of twelve, working as an apprentice at the Salt Lake Herald newspaper. He was then hired to work on Parry's Monthly Magazine with Joseph Hyrum Parry, a printer and entrepreneur, in 1884. He eventually bought the business, as well as several other small printing establishments, and created the Magazine Printing Company. He continued in the printing business until 1937.

David Lyon served in several different callings in the Church, including as a teacher, a member of the superintendency of the Stake Sunday School, a bishop, and finally as a stake patriarch. He was called by Joseph F. Smith to be a bishop twice in just over one year. In August 1912, he was called to be the bishop of the Twentieth Ward in Salt Lake City. Then in August 1913 he was called to be bishop of the Ensign Ward, in which calling he served in until February 1926. At that time he was called to be Patriarch of the Ensign Stake, a calling which he held until his death. David R. Lyon died June 4, 1940 in Temple City, California.


1 box (.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains letters, biographies, genealogical information, church certificates, and miscellaneous papers belonging to David Ross Lyon.

Arrangement note

This collection has been organized into folders by material genre (letters, biographies, family history, documents, poems, church material, photographs, newspapers notes, programs, and miscellaneous) and, within the folders, arranged chronologically where possible. It contains material pertaining to David Ross Lyon and covers the years 1885-1964.

Other Finding Aids note

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History note

The material in this collection was donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in the Harold B. Lee Library at Brigham Young University on December 17, 2001 by Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon, David Ross Lyon's grandson.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon; 2001.

Appraisal note

19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


Bitton, Davis. "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Oral History Program: T. Edgar Lyon, November 1974 - January 1975."Lyon, T. Edgar, Jr. T. Edgar Lyon: A Teacher in Zion. (Provo, UT: Brigham Young University Press, 2002.)T. Edgar Lyon Biography; A Living Pioneer Legacy.Related Collections: John Lyon Collection, MSS 1595Additions to the John Lyon Collection, MSS 2371Thomas Edgar Lyon, Sr. Collection, MSS 2341Thomas Edgar [Ted] Lyon, Jr. Collection, MSS 2372

Processing Information note

Processed; David J. Whittaker, Judi Crisp, & Erin Chapman; 2002.

Register of the David Ross Lyon papers
David J. Whittaker, Judi Crisp, & Erin Chapman
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