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Ephraim Portman Pectol papers

Identifier: MSS 7996

Scope and Contents

Contains Pectol family papers, letters, journals, photographs, and ledgers; documents, letters, photographs, brochures, histories documenting the creation and preservation of Capitol Reef National Park; and receipts and letters relating to The Wayne Umpire, a store in Wayne County. Also contains a View-Master and fourteen slides. The slides include photographs detailing a family trip to Capital Reef National Park, and family activites done there, such as hiking and swimming. Also contains House journals and correspondence related to Pectol's service in the Utah House of Representatives. Dated approximately 1838 to 1998.


  • 1838-1998


Conditions Governing Access

Ephraim Portman Pectol un-redacted mission letters: Privacy restricted; permission to access un-redacted mission letters must be granted by Special Collections Reference Services.

All other collection materials: Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical history

Ephraim Portman Pectol was born in Glenwood, Utah, on May 16, 1875, to George Peter Pectol and Annina Conradine Peterson. He married Dorothy D. Hickman on June 21, 1899. From 1906-1908, he served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in New Zealand. After he returned from missionary service, the Pectols sold their farm and opened up a general store called The Wayne Umpire in 1910. In 1925, Pectol was instrumental in making Capitol Reef a Utah State Park. Elected to the Utah State Legislature in 1933, Pectol wrote President Roosevelt requesting the creation of Wayne Wonderland National Monument; on August 2, 1937, President Roosevelt signed a proclamation creating Capitol Reef National Monument. Pectol died October 6, 1947, in Elsinore, Utah.


18 boxes (9 linear ft.)

2 cartons (2 linear ft.)

2 volumes (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Retained in original order.

Custodial History

First installment donated by Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn in 2012. View-Master found by John Murphy in 2019. Rick Holt, David Covington, Gloria J. Kuhn, and Judy Shell Busk donated more materials in April 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Vona Dee Kenney and Gloria Kuhn; 2012.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Found; John Murphy; May 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Rick Holt, David Covington, Gloria J. Kuhn, Judy Shell Busk; April 2019.


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

Contains papers documenting a general store in Wayne County, and the creation of Capitol Reef National Park.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Baliff and Kelsey Samuelsen, 2012.

Processing Information

Processed; Meghan Hoesch; June 2019.

Processing Information

Processed; Karen Glenn; 2022 April.

Register of the Ephraim Portman Pectol papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2012 April 19
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