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Laurence J. Burton papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8532

Scope and Contents

Contains papers relating to Laurence J. Burton's tenure as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives. Includes correspondence, official press releases, newspaper clippings, campaign materials, and other political writings by Burton. Materials dated 1963.


  • 1963


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

Biographical History

Laurence J. Burton was a former U.S. Congressman, representing Utah's first congressional district in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Laurence Junior Burton was born October 30, 1926 in Ogden, Utah, to Laurence Schat and Marguerite Roghaar Burton. He graduated from Ogden High in 1944, then served two years in the United States Navy Air Corps. Laurence married Janice Louise Shupe on September 16, 1947, in the Salt Lake LDS temple. He graduated from Weber State College, earned his bachelor's degree from the University of Utah, his master's degree from Utah State and pursued doctoral studies at George-town and George Washington University. Laurence started his career and spent several years at Weber State College as public relations director and athletic manager from 1948-1956. He left Weber to serve as Administrative Assistant to Utah's U.S. Congressman Dixon then for Governor Clyde. Laurence served four consecutive terms as Representative to the U.S. House of Representatives from Utah's 1st Congressional district, from January 1963 to January 1971. Some of his legislative accomplishments included the successful passage of legislation establishing the Dixie and Uintah Reclamation projects, providing much-needed water for those areas and also the establishment of Canyonlands as a National Park. Laurence also served in a leadership position for House Republicans as Assistant Minority Whip. Following his congressional service, as well as an unsuccessful bid for a seat in the Senate, Laurence worked for the Federal Government in the Departments of Interior and Transportation.

Laurence passed away on November 27, 2002.


3 folders (0.03 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by the family of Laurence J. Burton in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Laurence J. Burton family; 2014.


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; Clarissa McIntire, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Laurence J. Burton papers
Clarissa McIntire
2015 March 3
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