Sol J. Selvin papers, 1937-1982  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Selvin, Sol J., 1878-1958
Sol J. Selvin papers
1937-1982 (inclusive)
1 linear feet
Collection Number
The Sol J. Selvin papers (1937-1982) consist of certificates, biographies, legislative documents, correspondence, and news clippings concerning Solomon "Sol" Joseph Selvin (1878-1958), a former Utah Senator and businessman.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Solomon Joseph Selvin was born on 31 January 1878 in Kuznitza, Lithuania. He attended four years of rabbinical school and then was drafted into the Czarist army where he served four years as clerk. He married Fannia Frank in 1904 and then moved to Murray, Utah, in 1908. He entered the clothing store business and earned enough to bring his family to Utah. He maintained his clothing store business until 1954. Throughout his life, Selvin served in various political and community capacities. He served in the Utah State Legislature and State Senate, was mayor of Tooele, was on the Tooele County Welfare Board, and was involved in many other civic concerns. Sol Selvin died on 18 August 1958.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Sol J. Selvin papers (1937-1982) consist of certificates, biographies, legislative documents, correspondence, and news clippings concerning Solomon "Sol" Joseph Selvin (1878-1958), a former Utah Senator and businessman.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library’s Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: Sol J. Selvin papers, Ms 489, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Ms 489.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Biographical Information and CorrespondenceReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Biographies and Naturalization Certificate
Sol J. Selvin's autobiography, Selvin biography written by James W. Massey, and naturalization certificate of the Selvin family.
1 2
Campaign Materials and Election Certificates
List of 1952 State Senate campaign donations, and 1944 and 1956 election certificates.
1 3
Legislative Materials
Senate journal with Selvin's civil rights bill, notes on Selvin's housing bill, and Selvin's speech for the Student Fellowship at the University of Utah.
1 4
Utah State Legislature Rules and Programs
Governor J. Bracken Lee's address to the Thirtieth Utah Legislature, Directory and Rules of the Thirty Second Utah Legislature, and ticket and program to the Utah Thirty-Second Legislature Dinner and Dance.
1953; 1957
1 5-8
Included is correspondence between Sol J. Selvin and Frank Jonas, professor of political science at the University of Utah, concerning the influence Mormon Church influence in Utah politics, particularly the election process.
1 9
Birthday Greetings Album
Album of birthday letters presented to Sol J. Selvin on his seventy- seventh birthday by the Utah State Senate.
1 10-15

News Clippings, Obituaries, AwardsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
John Alexander Bevan, Early History of Tooele
2 2-6
News Clippings
Includes news on Selvin's birthdays.
2 7
Funeral Address for Amos Bevan's Funeral
2 8
Tooele Distinguished Service Award
Program and newspaper clippings of the presentation of the Tooele Distinguished Civic Service Award.
2 9
Miscellaneous Awards and Certificates
Awards from the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, the National Foundation for Infantile Paralysis, U.S. Office of Price Administration, Kiwanis International, Boy Scouts of America, and International Association of Lions Clubs.
2 10
Sol J. Selvin Foundation
Newspaper clipping, correspondence, and copy of foundation's motives.
2 11
Newspaper Obituaries of Selvin
2 12-13
Family Condolences at Selvin's Death
2 14
Materials on Herman Selvin
Collection of personal notes from Sol J. Selvin's political colleagues, newspaper clippings, and obituary of Herman Selvin.
2 15
Resume of Judge Reva Beck Bosone

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Selvin, Sol J., 1878-1958--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Democratic Party (Utah)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Tooele (Utah)--History
  • Utah--Politics and government--20th century--Sources
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Autobiographies
  • Clippings
  • Correspondence
  • Histories
  • Memorabilia