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Harold Harper Holmes family papers

Identifier: MSS 3220

Scope and Contents

Collection contains journals, family papers, professional papers, scrapbooks, correspondence and ephemera that document the life of Harold Harper Holmes and his ties to Idaho. The papers chronicle his professional and family life.


  • approximately 1891-2007


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

Biographical History

Harold Harper Holmes (1911-2001) operated a drug-store and was an avid genealogist.

Harold Harper Holmes was born December 28, 1911, in Ogden, Utah, to Alexander Ross Holmes and Elizabeth Olive Harper Holmes. Following graduation from Ogden High School in 1929 he relocated to Victor, Idaho, where he took a job in his uncle’s drug store. Two years later, on May 16, 1932, he married Audrey Muriel Berger in Driggs, Idaho.

In 1956, Holmes acquired full ownership of his uncle's drug store which he operated until 1963, when he sold the business. Following the sale of the store, he worked part-time for the National Park Service in Grand Teton National Park and part-time for the city of Victor, Idaho.

A dedicated genealogist, Harold Holmes maintained an active role in the local ecclesiastical unit of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Harold Holmes died June 13, 2001. He was preceded in death by his wife who died on December 20, 1989. Harold and Audrey were the parents of four children: Harold Holmes, Brent Michael Holmes, Garth Harold Holmes, and Blair Ralph Holmes.


1 oversize box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

23 boxes (11.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection contains journals, correspondence, ephemera, scrapbooks, maps, and other papers and items dealing with the Harold Harper Holmes family.


Collection arranged in nine series: I. Harold Harper Holmes journals, 1964-2001; II. Harold Harper Holmes autobiographical writings, 1964-1999; Series III: Harold Harper Holmes drug store business ledger, approximately 1942-1943; IV. Harold Harper Holmes ephemera, approximately 1943-1993; V. Harold Harper Holmes family correspondence, approximately 1940-2007; VI. Harold Harper Holmes family scrapbooks, approximately 1932-1991; VII. Alexander Ross Holmes family papers and scrapbook, approximately 1891-1986; VIII. Harold Harper Holmes game, undated; IX. Harold Harper Holmes maps of Idaho, 1896-1974.

Custodial History

The collection was donated to the Brigham Young University Library by Blair Ralph Holmes, son of Harold Harper Holmes.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Blair Ralph Holmes.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because of the Holmes family residency in the western United States.

Related Materials

Related to MSS 3248, Blair Ralph Holmes papers. Blair was the son of Harold Harper Holmes.

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Harold Harper Holmes family papers
John M. Murphy, curator for 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana, and Melissa Cowles, student processor
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