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J. L. Crawford papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7733

Scope and Contents

Collection contains materials documenting the experience of J. L. Crawford while he served as a member of the U.S. Army during World War II. It tells of his travels form Fort Douglas to the European war front and his experience touring Europe with the Thunderbird division. Collection also contains materials telling the story of the irrigation ditches leading into Zion National Park and the problems they created within the ecosystems of the park.


  • approximately 1925-2000


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

Biographical / Historical

Jasper Louis Crawford (1914-2011) was a member of the U.S. Army and zoologist.

Jasper Lousi Crawford was born on January 5, 1914, in Springdale, Utah, to parents William Louis and Mary Jane Bean Crawford. He grew up working summers in Zion National Park and gained a love for nautre that helped guide him to his future career. He graduated from Hurrican high school in 1933 and began his education at Dixie Junior College and later Brigham Young University. He graduated in 1947 with a degree in zoology.

He was drafted into the Army where he served for more than four years. He was deployed in Europe during World War II and took part in the liberation of Dachau concentration camp.

On August 4, 1950 he married Fern Houson in Panguitch, Utah. He spent the remainder of his life in southern Utah. Here he held positions as a park ranger, business owner, and volunteer. He passed away on September 26, 2011 in St. George, Utah. He is buried in Panguitch, Utah.


2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

J. L. Crawford and his wife Fern Crawford donated the collection in 2005.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. L. and Fern Crawford; 2005


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

Processing Information

Processed; Catie Freedman, student manuscript processor, John M. Murphy, curator, 2014.

Register of J. L. Crawford papers
Catie Freedman
2014 December 18
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