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Lester R. Taylor papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8104

Scope and Contents

Contains the papers of Lester R. Taylor relating to his personal and professional life. It includes materials from his mission to New Zealand for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to New Zealand, yearbooks from his educational experiences, records of the Taylor Brothers Company, income tax returns, correspondence he sent and received over the years, letters exchanged with his future wife Vivian Parkinson from Provo, and other materials related to his life and work. Materials were gathered by Peggy Taylor Harrison Geddes. Dated from between 1912 and 1971.


  • approximately 1912-1971


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical History

Lester Rogers Taylor (1894-1962) was a prominent farmer and business man in Provo, Utah.

Lester Rogers Taylor was born on November 24, 1894 in Provo to T. and Maude Rogers Taylor. He served a mission to New Zealand. He married Vivian Parkinson in the Salt Lake Temple in 1918. He organized the radio station KNEU in 1946, was a farmer and irrigator, and was secretary and director of Alta Ditch Irrigation Company. He was a director of the Provo Chamber of Commerce and a member of the Rotary Club. He was also the director of the Taylor Brothers Company and the owner of the Lester R. Taylor Piano Company with his wife. He and his wife had five children and sixteen grandchildren. He died on September 2, 1962.

Biographical History

Peggy Taylor Harrison Geddes is the granddaughter of Lester R. Taylor. She was born to Curtis V. and Deanne Harrison. She is an author and family historian who is listed as a contributor to the book "Legacy of Sacrifice: Missionaries to Scandinavia. 1872-94." She currently lives in Shoreline, Washington.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Files maintained in their original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Peggy Taylor Harrison Geddes in 2012.

Custodial History

Donation from Peggy Geddes of Lester R. Taylor's missionary letters from his LDS mission in New Zealand in 1915-1918. These letters were integrated to the existing collection.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Peggy Taylor Harrison Geddes; 2012.


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.)

Processing Information

Processed by Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor; and John M. Murphy, curator. Processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2012. Processed; Ashley Chase; 2020.

Register of Lester R. Taylor papers
Kelsey Samuelsen, student processor
2012 October 5
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