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My father, John Shaw Welch

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Identifier: MSS 2734

Scope and Contents

This brief biography describes the life of John Shaw Welch. It emphasizes his roles as principal of the Maori Agricultural College and as Idaho Commissioner of Agriculture. The biography was written by his son, John Stanley Welch.


  • 2003


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

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 My father, John Shaw Welch must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

John Shaw Welch was born in Paradise, Utah on July 28, 1888. He attended college at the Brigham Young College in Logan, Utah. After graduation he married Eulalia Sorenson and took a job as superintendent of the University of Idaho Experiment Station in Gooding, Idaho. In 1917, he was called to become principal of the Maori Agricultural College in New Zealand, a position he held for three years. He joined the Twin Falls Land & Water Company as an agriculturist on his return to the United States in 1920. In 1927 he was appointed Idaho Commissioner of Agriculture and served until 1931. During a trip east, he contracted encephalitis and had health problems for the rest of his life. Complications associated with this disease caused his death on August 21, 1947.


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Custodial History

Gift of John W. Welch, 2003.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John W. Welch; 2003.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Register of My father, John Shaw Welch
Rose Frank
5 May 2011
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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