Guide to the Hyrum Larsen journals,

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Larsen, Hyrum Morgan, 1872-1956.
Title: Hyrum Larsen journals
Dates: 1898-1956 ( inclusive )
1918-1951 ( bulk )
Quantity: 2 boxes (1 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_CAINE MSS 17
Summary: Two missionary diaries (1898-1902), daily farm diary (1901-1954), and notebook from chemistry course. Also includes a photograph of Larsen (1900).
Repository: Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Contact Information: Special Collections and Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-2663
Fax: 435-797-2880
Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

Larsen was a Newton farmer and a local merchant. His journals are of interest because they document ordinary events during the life of a Cache Valley farmer. He is very thorough on writing down what farm work was taking place during a given season. He also records the weather on a daily and a seasonal basis. Information on seed and crop prices can be gleaned from the journals. Also, he recreates the changes that occurred over time in the home and on the farm, such as modern appliances and new farm machinery. In addition, some of the volumes contain blacksmith and land rental accounts for a given year.

Within each of the three volumes were found loose papers. These papers were removed from the volume they were in and placed into a folder as indicated in the register. Some of the items found here were newspaper clippings and purchase invoices. One broadside found in the collection informed voters about a bond election to be held to secure funding of the improvement of several valley schools. The bond money would be put together with federal public works dollars to finance the projects. This item dates from the mid 1930s.

Content Description

The Hyrum Larsen Journals represent a daily record of farm life in Newton, Utah. Larsen kept a written record from 1915-1956; however, the bulk of the material are entries between the years 1918-1951. The years 1915-1918, and 1955-1956 are mentioned but only on an occasional basis.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Hyrum Larsen journals must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Hyrum Larsen journals, 1898-1956. (COLL CAINE MSS 17). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Volumes arranged chronologically; folder 7 contains additional volume, donated after the rest of the collection processed.

Acquisition Information :  


Processing Note :  

The diaries are on poor quality paper and have been deacidified. Clippings have been xeroxed and all material has been placed into acid free folders and boxes.

Detailed Description of the Collection

1 1 Volume 1, Larsen diaries 1915-1938
1 2 Loose papers removed from volume 1
1 3 Volume 2, Larsen diaries 1938-1951
1 4 Loose papers removed from volume 2
1 5 Volume 3, Larsen diaries
(only three pages are written on).
1 6 Loose papers removed from volume 3
1 7 Larsen diaries 1901-1908 and 1954
1 8 Missionary journal
Larsen was in Dillon and Butte, Montana during this period serving a mission for the L.D.S. Church.
November 1898-June 15, 1899
1 9 Missionary journal
Larsen was in Bellevue, Idaho during this period serving a mission for the L.D.S. Church.
April 8, 1900 - January 2, 1902
1 10 One studio portrait print of Hyrum Larsen.
The photograph was taken at the Cottage Photo Gallery, Butte, Montana.
2 1 Notebook of Hyrum Larsen from a chemistry course taken at the ACU January 14, 1897


    • Personal Names :
    • Larsen, Arta Josephine, 1904-1991.
    • Larsen, Hyrum Morgan, 1872-1956.
    • Corporate Names :
    • Newton Irrigation Company (Utah)
    • Subject Terms :
    • Dry farming--Utah--Newton.
    • Farm life--Utah--Newton.
    • Mormon missionaries--Idaho--Diaries.
    • Mormon missionaries--Montana--Diaries.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Butte (Mont.)--History.
    • Diaries--Utah--Newton.
    • Dillon (Mont.)--History.
    • Mormon missionary journals--Idaho--19th century.
    • Mormon missionary journals--Montana--20th century.
    • Newton (Utah)--History.

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