Stanley S. Ivins papers, 1850-1968

Overview of the Collection

Ivins, Stanley S. (Stanley Snow), 1891-1967
Stanley S. Ivins papers
1850-1968 (inclusive)
0.25 linear feet
11 microfilm
Collection Number
ACCN 1471
The Stanley S. Ivins papers (1850-1968) consist of correspondence, a diary, articles, and eleven microfim reels which contain research notebooks and transcripts of Salt Lake City newspapers.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Stanley S. Ivins was born on 27 July 1891 in St. George. His father was Anthony W. Ivins, a prominent leader in the L.D.S. church, and his mother was Elizabeth A. Snow Ivins. When Stanley's father was appointed president of the Juarez stake in 1895, the Ivins family moved to Mexico where Stanley lived until 1907. After returning to Utah, Stanley graduated from LDS High School in Salt Lake City and continued his educational pursuits earning a bachelor's degree from Utah State Agricultural College and a master's degree in animal husbandry at Iowa State College. He was an active member of the L.D.S. Church until the death of his father in 1934. Ivins held several jobs, working as an instructor at the College of Southern Utah, serving as a manger of the Ivins Investment Company, and operating as an insurance salesman.

Stanley's first love was the study of Utah and Mormon history. An avid researcher, Ivins visited many libraries and repositories, including the Library of Congress, the New York Public Library, Yale University, Stanford University, the Bancroft Library, and the Utah State Historical Society. One of his primary interests was the investigation of Mormon polygamy. Appearing in twelve articles published between 1943 and 1957, the fruits of his research focused upon the life of Anthony Woodward Ivins, the Deseret alphabet, Utah education, Mormon polygamy, and the Utah constitution. These publications were printed in the Instructor, the Utah Humanities Review, the Utah Historical Quarterly, and the Western Humanities Review. During his many years of historical inquiry, Stanley acquired a vast amount of information which he shared with many visitors to the Utah State Historical Society's archives and library. Ivin's generosity was not limited to the time which he spent discussing a variety of historical topics with scholars. In his last will and testament he bequeathed to the Utah State Historical Society his personal library which numbered more than a thousand items such as manuscripts, books, pamphlets, periodicals, newspaper transcripts, correspondence, notebooks, and family records. As a triibute to Stanley's contributions to the study of Utah history, the Utah State Historical Society decided in1967 to grant Ivins an Honorary Lifetime Membership.

Stanley S. Ivins died on 5 July 1967.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Stanley S. Ivins papers (1850-1968) consist of correspondence, a diary, articles, and eleven microfilm reels which contain research notebooks and transcripts of Salt Lake City newspapers.

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

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Location of Originals

Originals located at the Utah Historical Society, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Guy Ivins in 1995.

Processing Note

Processed by Roger Paxton in 2011.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

I:  Assorted MaterialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Correspondence: Fawn M. Brodie
Letters refer to the missing Joseph Smith's 1826 trial report, the role which Emily Pearsall played in its disappearance, and to the question of the number of wives sealed to Joseph Smith.
1 2
1 3
Articles: "Anthony W. Ivins"
Comprises nine articles which appeared in issues of the Instuctor during 1943-1944. Stanley S. Ivins authored eight of these articles.
1 4
Article: "Notes on Mormon Polygamy"
1 5
Manuscript: The Moses Thatcher Case
1 6
Assorted Materials
1 7
Mining and Oil Stock Certificates

II:  MicrofilmReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Vol. I: Card Index Key and Notebooks 1-4
Vol. 2: Notebooks 4 and 9
Vol. 3: Notebooks 9 and 15
Vol. 4: Notebooks 15 and 17, and Miscellaneous Notes 1-4
Vol. 5: Miscellaneous Notes 5-6 and Transcripts: Deseret News
Vol. 6: Transcripts: Deseret News
Vol. 7: Transcripts: Deseret News
Vol. 8: Transcripts: Deseret News, Journal of Discourses, and Salt Lake Herald
Vol. 9: Transcripts: Salt Lake Herald and Salt Lake Tribune
Vol. 10: Transcripts and Notes: Utah State Historical Society, and New York Public Library
Vol. 11: Card Index

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Latter Day Saint churches--History--Sources

Personal Names

  • Ivins, Stanley S. (Stanley Snow), 1891-1967--Archives

Form or Genre Terms

  • Notebooks
  • Transcriptions (Documents)