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Ernest C. Clayton mission journal

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9431

Scope and Contents

Contains a diary with the personal writings of Ernest C. Clayton. Dated December 12, 1928, to December 26, 1935. The first half of the diary is blank. Ernest recorded events from his mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Eastern United States from 1928 to 1929, mainly in New York. He likely began his mission before 1928, as the diary seems to pick up in the middle of the mission. In 1935, he returned to the diary and finished updating it about the last few days of the mission in December of 1929, noting his current and retrospective dates in the diary.


  • 1928-1935


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 / Historical

Ernest C. Clayton was born on August 9, 1903 in Orem, Utah to Clarence LeRoy and Christina (Fugel) Clayton. Ernest was a missionary for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints who served in the Eastern States Mission from around 1927 to 1929. He attended Brigham Young Academy and graduated in Agronomy and Animal Husbandry with the class of 1930. He also received his Bachelors of Sciene degree in education from Brigham Young Academy. Ernest married Olita Melville in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 25, 1930. He served as in the bishopric of the Rosecrest Ward of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as well as the presidency of the East Millcreek Stake. Ernest was a farmer and a teacher. He taught for the Alpine and Granite School Districts. He died on April 9, 1997 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 volume (unpaged) ; 22 cm

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Purchased from Lyndon Cook in 2020 by John Murphy.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Lyndon Cook; July 2020.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Eli Allen; November 2021.

Register of Ernest C. Clayton mission journal
Eli Allen
2021 November 16
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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