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Inventory to the Elbert Duncan Thomas papers

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8538

Scope and Contents

Contains the group description and shelf list of the Elbert D. Thomas papers located in the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in Hyde Park, New York. Inventory is dated 1981.


  • 1969


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 Inventory to the Elbert Duncan Thomas papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Administrative History

The Franklin D. Roosevelt Library (1941- ) is a library dedicated to the public for the research of Franklin D. Roosevelt and his wife Eleanor Roosevelt.

The Franklin D. Roosevelt was dedicated in 1941 following the request of President Franklin D. Roosevelt for a facility to house all his papers. Originally the museum was a showcase for various collections. Over time however, as more collections were processed more were available to research. In 1950, the materials within the library opened to the public for research.

In 1962, Roosevelt's wife Eleanor died and her papers were added to the library. Due to the large amounts of papers being house two new wings were added to the building to compensate.

In 2009, the library received $17.5 million from the federal budget for rennovation. In 2010, the renovation began and the library was brought up to archival standards. On June 20, 2013 the library was rededicated and opened to the public.

Biographical History

Elbert Duncan Thomas (1883-1953) was a U.S. Senator from the state of Utah.

Elbert Duncan Thomas was born on June 17, 1883 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Richard Kendall and Caroline Stockdale Thomas. As a child he loved to act and participated in many productions.

He attended the University of Utah. He married Edna Harker on June 25, 1907 in Salt Lake City, Utah and together they had three daughters. They served a mission together from 1907 to 1912 in Japan. Upon returning from Japan, Thomas became a Professor of Political Science and History at the University of Utah. Evntually he served as an Administrator on the Board of Regents. Edna passed away in 1942. He married Ethel Evan in 1946 in Salt Lake City.

In 1932, he was elected to the Senate as a Democrat. He served on the Committee on Military Affairs, the Mines and Mining Committee, the Committee on Labor and Public Welfare, and as chairman on the Committee on Education and Labor. He served in the Senate for three terms.

In 1951, he was appointed High Commissioner over the Trust Territory of the Pacific Islands. He passed away on February 11, 1953 in Honolulu, Hawaii. He is buried in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated to Brigham Young University by the Franklin D. Roosevelt Library in 1981.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Franklin D. Roosevelt Library; 1981.


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; 2015.

Register of Inventory to the Elbert Duncan Thomas papers
Catie Freedman
2015 March 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