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J.A. Washburn papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9557

Scope and Contents

Collection contains manuscripts and drafts, correspondence, teaching materials, and other papers of J.A. Washburn. Also includes Book of Mormon–related artwork from C. V. Hansen and Farrell Collett. Materials dated approximately 1929 to 1940.


  • approximately 1929-1940


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

Jesse Alvin Washburn was born on April 30, 1873, to Daniel Abraham Washburn and Margaret Ann Johnson. He was born in Shonesburg, Kane County, Utah. He grew up working with his uncle, Hyrum Smith Washburn, learning carpentry, wheelwright, and shoemaking skills. He married Luella Wakefield on September 2, 1896. They then moved to Huntington, where they lived with Luella's mother for a while. Jesse Washburn began attending the Brigham Young Academy in 1897. He served in the Western States Mission of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, laboring in the Arizona-New Mexico area. After he returned, they moved to Provo and Jesse went back to the Academy. They later moved to Duchesne, Utah, and Jesse was selected as the Superintendent of the Duchesne County schools. They later returned to Huntington and then to Provo in 1922, where Washburn worked as a superintendent and seminary teacher. He died on March 14, 1951.


2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Whitney F. Washburn in 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Whitney F. Washburn; 2022.


Utah and the American West (20th century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development policy, section V.b.v.VI).

Related Materials

MSS 7927 (Larry Washburn family history papers)

Processing Information

Processed; Sydney Gee; October 2023.

Register of J.A. Washburn papers
In Progress
Sydney Gee
2023 October 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