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Sons of Utah Pioneers, Cotton Mission Chapter Edit


WASH 019


  • 1875-2016 (Creation)


  • 1.5 Linear Feet (Whole)
    One cubic foot box, one document case, one folder in a map drawer, and 14 digital folders consisting of 9.66 gigabytes.



  • Abstract

    Papers related to the Sons of Utah Pioneers, Cotton Mission Chapter with historical information files and chapter business from 1950-2016, with annual histories, minutes, photographs, and other miscellaneous documents. There are also printing samples from Charles Ellis Johnson from 1875 to 1896.

  • Biographical / Historical

    The Sons of Utah Pioneers (SUP), Cotton Mission Chapter originally began in 1950 as the Dixie Mission Chapter. It was chartered by the National SUP in 1956, and it was active until 1972. During this early period the chapter was active in renovating cemeteries, cleaning areas of local historical interest, and made regular visits to historical sites. The Dixie Mission Chapter hosted the SUP, National Encampment in conjunction with the St. George Centennial Celebration in 1961. The chapter was inactive after 1972, until the Hurricane Valley Chapter was organized in 1985. Shortly after which the Cotton Mission Chapter was organized in 1989. The Cotton Mission Chapter was active and continued to grow during the 1990s, and hosted the SUP, National Encampment in 1994. As of 2016, the chapter was still active and the collection includes annual histories through 2016.

  • Scope and Contents

    The collection consists of 45 folders, primarily of textual and photographic materials of which 30 are physical files, one is an oversize map, and 14 are digital files.

    Series 1 contains the Historical Information Files in 11 folders of various written histories, printing samples from Charles Ellis Johnson from 1875 to 1896, and one folder consisting of a large scale blue print map of St. George, Utah dated 1904. Folders 1-5 consist of 114 biographical sketches of Washington County, Utah early pioneers. Most of the sketches were submitted to the SUP, Dixie Mission Chapter in 1961 in conjunction with the Centennial celebration of the founding of St. George, Utah. Folders 6-7 consist of historical summaries of various Washington County public buildings, markers and monuments, towns, social life, industries, and the Mormon Battalion. Folder 8 consists of essays submitted to the NSUP "Pioneer Stories Competition, 1958-1963." Folders 9-11 consist of printing samples from Charles Ellis Johnson from 1875-1896, including legal forms, social events and advertising. Folder 12 consists of an oversize "Official Map of the City of St. George, Utah, 1904."

    Series 2 contains 19 folders of SUP, Cotton Mission Chapter business files consisting of photos and slides, newspaper articles, correspondence, meeting agenda, meeting minutes, chapter member photos and biographical sketches, chapter histories, two register books with members' ancestor names and an award plaque. There are 14 digital files from 2002 to 2016 consisting of chapter business, photographs and history, and the scanned Scrapbook Photo Album from 1997-1999.

    The collection contained several books which have been removed from the archival collection and stored in the Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives, a complete bibliography is included.

  • Arrangement

    The collection is arranged into two series. Series 1 includes historical biographical sketches of 164 early pioneers to the Cotton Mission in Washington County, Utah. They were prepared for the SUP, Cotton Mission Chapter as part of the Centennial Celebration of St. George, Utah in 1961. The series also includes historical summaries of public buildings, markers and monuments, towns in Washington County, social life, music, industries and the Mormon Battalion. Related to the historical sketches and summaries are submissions to the National SUP's "Pioneer Stories Competition." The series includes a collection of printer samples from Charles Ellis Johnson (1857-1926) including various types of legal forms, various examples related to social events and various examples of advertising of products, stores and services. The series includes a large blue print map of the City of St. George, Utah dated 1904. Series 2 includes documents related to the business of the SUP, Cotton Mission Chapter from 1950-2016. It includes photographic images in print and slide formats. It also includes correspondence, meetings, minutes and news articles, primarily from 1994-2005. There are also physical chapter histories from 1950-2005 and digital format histories from 2002-2016. It includes a scrapbook, two register books with members' ancestors listed, and a plaque honoring the chapter as the outstanding large chapter in 2002.

  • Bibliography

    Bibliography of books removed from collection:

    Brooks, Juanita, Dudley Leavitt: Pioneer to Southern Utah (NP: 1942)

    Brooks, Juanita, The Life of George Brooks (NP: 1965)

    Craig, Wesley W., Master Surname Burial Index, 1952-1996: for Washington County, Utah (NP: St. George, Utah, 1998)

    Craig, Wesley W., Cemetery/Death Indexes, 1952-1996: Washington County, Utah (NP: St. George, Utah, 1998)

    Gifford, Moses E., A Collection of Songs, Poems and Tributes: Reminiscent of Pioneer Days in Utah’s Dixie (NP: Springdale, Utah, 1930)

    Hafen, Arthur Knight, Dixie Folklore and Pioneer Memoirs (NP: St. George, Utah, 1964)

    Hafen, A. K., Beneath Vermillion Cliffs: Historic St. George With Illustrations (NP: St. George, Utah, 1967)

    Hafen, A. K., Devoted Empire Builders: Pioneers of St. George (Sun Publishing Company: St. George, Utah, 1969)

    Jensen, Andrew, Day by Day with the Utah Pioneers, 1847: a Chronological Record of the Trek Across the Plains (Salt Lake Tribune: Salt Lake City, 1897)

    Jepson, James, Jr., Memories and Experiences of James Jepson, Jr.: Recorded by His Nephew’s Wife Etta Holdaway Spendlove (NP: Hurricane, Utah, 1944)

    Larson, Andrew Karl, The Red Hills of November: A Pioneer Biography of Utah’s Cotton Town (The Deseret News Press: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1957)

    Larson, Gustive O., Brief History of the National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers (Brigham Young University Press: Provo, Utah, 1963)

    Miller, Albert E., Immortal Pioneers: Founders of City of St. George, Utah (Albert E. Miller: St. George, Utah, 1946)

    Sons of Utah Pioneers, Names of Persons Memorialized: Arrivals in Utah Before May 10, 1869 When the Railroad First Came to Utah (National Society of the Sons of Utah Pioneers: Salt Lake City, 2000)

    Washington County Chapter D.U.P., Under Dixie Sun: A History of Washington County by Those Who Loved Their Forebears (Garfield County News: Panguitch, Utah, 1950)

    Stucki, John S., Family History Journal of John S. Stucki: Handcart Pioneer of 1860 (Pyramid Press: Salt Lake City, Utah, 1932)

  • Preferred Citation

    Item description & date, WASH 019 Sons of Utah Pioneers, Cotton Mission Chapter, Dixie State University Special Collections & Archives.

  • Conditions Governing Access

    The collection is open and freely available to researchers during Special Collection’s hours or by appointment.

  • Conditions Governing Use

    Reproduction and use of the materials in this collection are subject to copyright law. Dixie State University Library Special Collections and Archives holds the copyright to unpublished material in the collection that is not in the public domain. Permission to publish, quote, or reproduce must be obtained from the Special Collections Librarian and Archivist and a correct citation provided. A user may be asked to submit a "Request for one-time use of photocopies or reproductions" form in order to obtain reproductions.