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Norma Larson Elliott collection on Alof and May Louise Hunt Larson

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8670

Content Description

Contains photos, notes, diaries, letters, and journals of Alof and May Larson; plus additional research and biographies created or collected by Elliott. Also includes a DVD of much of the collection. Dated 1885-1992.


  • 1885-1992


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 Norma Larson Elliott collection on Alof and May Louise Hunt Larson must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Norma Larson Elliott (1916-2009) was a Mormon family history specialist in Arizona.

Norma Larson Elliott was born on May 30, 1916 to Margaret Smith (1884-1973) and Alof Pratt Larson (1882-1961) in Lakeside, Arizona. She studied family history at Brigham Young University in 1962, and it remained a passon for her whole life. She not only found much of the genealogy that is listed for the Larson, Smith, Hunt, and Marsden families, but also collected their histories. She also maintained records about her parents' homestead businesses, Latter-day Saint missions, and lives.

She had no children of her own, but was a motherly influence in the lives of her nieces and nephews.

Elliott died on June 5, 2009 in Tempe, Arizona.

Biographical History

Alof Larson (1860-1939) was a Mormon pioneer who helped to settle Snowflake, Arizona.

Alof Larson was born on August 3, 1860, in Tooele, Utah, to parents Mons (1823-1890) and Elna Olsson Malmstrom Larson (1826-1914). He spent his early years doing the chores of a pioneer child, including shepherding the family flock through snow storms and Indian visits. When the town decided to combine all the sheep into one flock, Alof was chosen to be the shepherd over them.

Alof was known as a young man for his honesty, dependability, frugality, industry, natural friendliness, and neighborliness. In 1878, when Alof was 18 years old, he moved to Snowflake, Arizona with his family, he and a brother and sister handled a heavy supply wagon drawn by two yoke of oxen and a yoke of cows, and all the loose stock, traveling much of the day without others in the company.

Soon after arriving in Snowflake, Alof met May Hunt. Alof worked on the railroad making grade to pay for a wedding trip to Utah, the first of many that traveled from Snowflake, Arizona to the St. George, Utah Temple. Larson married May Louise Hunt (1860-1943) on October 26, 1881, in St. George, Utah, and together they had thirteen children.

Alof built their home out of logs he sawed himself while traveling the area; they never moved away from it, but added to it as needed. Larson worked as a farmer, cowboy, mayor of Snowflake, Chairman of the School Board, and Water Boss over the irrigation system. He served in church callings for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as the Sunday School superintendant, a missionary in the Northern States Mission, a member of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association (YMMIA) presidency, a stake high counselor, a member of the stake presidency, and as a temple worker in Mesa, Arizona.

Larson died on January 8, 1939, in Snowflake, Arizona.

Biographical History

May Louise Hunt Larson (1860-1943) was a Mormon pioneer in Arizona.

May Louise Hunt Larson was born on May 5, 1860, in San Bernardino, California, to parents John (1833-1917) and Lois Barnes Pratt Hunt (1837-1885).

She moved with her parents and siblings to Beaver, Utah, where May attended school; her aunt, grandmother, and grand-aunt were her teachers, and she did very well. When she was 16, her family moved to The Cove, near the Sevier River, near Joseph City, Utah. When she was 17 years old, her father, John Hunt, was called by Brigham Young to help settle Arizona. Given his choice of settlements, John chose Snowflake. Soon after they moved to Snowflake, May met Alof Larson, another new arrival. She married Alof Larson on October 26, 1881, in St George, Utah, and together they had thirteen children.

May and Alof began their married life poor but independent--their first home was a tent until wood could be cut and brought to the site to build a one-room log cabin. They lived in that log cabin for the rest of their lives.

May was a Relief Society President, Sunday School teacher, town historian, Young Ladies Mutual Improvement Association (YLMIA) counselor, served on the Genealogical Board. She was a wonderful public speaker, loved to read, and was a friend to all who met her.

After Alof's death, May moved to Mesa, Arizona, near the Mesa Arizona Temple, to work there. But, when she fell ill, she returned to Snowflake to live with her daughter for the rest of her life. Larson died on May 4, 1943, in Snowflake, Arizona.


2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)

1 oversize box (0.01 linear ft.)

9 folders (0.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

The materials in this collection were created by Alof and May Larson and their granddaughter, Norma Elliott. All materials were then passed on to Elliott's sister, Dorothy Lisonbee, who then donated them to the library in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Dorothy Lisonbee; 2014.


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

Related Materials

There is more information about Alof Larson and May Louise Hunt Larson in the collection Norma Larson Elliott family papers, MSS 8264.

Processing Information

Processed; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2015.

Register of Norma Larson Elliott collection on Alof and May Louise Hunt Larson
Margaret Weddle
2015 February 2
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