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Alvin Bryon White papers

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 3705

Scope and Contents

Contains journals, photographs, and other material relating to White's mission in England from 1913 to 1915. Also contains photographs and other material from the White and Thorup family, dated from 1905 to 1960.


  • 1905-1960
  • Majority of material found within 1913-1915


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 Alvin Byron White papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical / Historical

Alvin Bryon White (1892-1918) was a Salt Like City native and was a Mormon missionary in England.

Alvin Byron White was born April 12, 1892 in Salt Lake City, Utah to John Nephi White and Lena Andrea Thoreson. In 1913 he was called to serve a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England where he served in the Nottingham Conference. Released from his mission on December 25, 1915, he returned to the United States. On June 14, 1916, he married his childhood sweetheart, Zina Thora Augusta Thorup in Salt Lake City, Utah.

At the time of his marriage, Alvin worked as an accountant for the Crawford and Day Furniture Company in Salt Lake City. Their first child, Byron Wilson White, was born April 13, 1917. During the worldwide influenza pandemic of 1918, both Alvin and his wife Zina became seriously ill. Zina survived the illness, Alvin did not. He died December 8, 1918. On May 5, 1919, approximately five months following the death of her husband, Zina, gave birth to a daughter, Elizabeth White.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Marilyn P. Woolston in November 2006.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marilyn P. Woolston; November 2006.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.V, August 2007.)

Related Materials

Related collection: MSS 3709, Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup Journal Transcript, 1879 – 1929; including typewritten transcript of Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup’s journal. Herman Frederick Ferdinand Thorup was father of Zina Thora Augusta Thorup White.

Processing Information

Processed; John M. Murphy, curator, 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana; November 2006.

Register of the Alvin Bryon White papers
John M. Murphy, curator
2006 November 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