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J. Grant Snow papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9610

Scope and Contents

The papers of J. Grant Snow, who served in the United States Navy during World War II and was lost at sea on the Torsk, a United States submarine. Materials include letters sent from Snow during his time in college, basic military training, and military service, photographs of Snow and his family and acquaintances from his youth, high school, college, and military experiences, and personal papers of Snow, including school work, report cards, scouting papers, religious certificates, military documents, and a 1943 Dixie College yearbook. Collection also includes papers related to Snow's death, including letters of condolence sent to his family, news clippings, and papers and photographs regarding various memorials established in his honor. Materials dated 1924-2016.


  • 1924-2016


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in box 5 and oversize folder 6: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 8: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice. All other materials 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

J. Grant Snow was born on July 10, 1924, in St. George, Utah, to Grant Bleak Snow, and Lydia Pearl Bowman. He had three younger siblings. Grant graduated from Delta High School in Delta, Utah, in 1942. He attended Dixie College in St. George, Utah, where his uncle, Glenn Snow was president at the time. Grant was an Eagle Scout and lettered in football at Dixie College. He enlisted in the U.S. Navy in June 1943, duuring WWII, at the age of 19. He had military training at the Great Lakes Naval Station, Newport, Rhode Island, and New London, Connecticut. On January 4, 1945, Joseph was washed overboard from a submarine while on patrol duty in the South Atlantic. He was pronounced missing and presumed dead at the age of 20.


3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 half boxes (0.5 linear ft.)

2 oversize folders (0.2 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Glennda Snow Estes in November 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Glennda Snow Estes; November 2022.


Latter Day Saint history and culture (Latter Day Saint and Western American Manuscripts Collection Development Policy V.A.1.a, 2023).

Processing Information

Processed; Isabella Titus; 2024.

J. Grant Snow papers
In Progress
Karen Glenn
2024 March 12
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