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Personal Papers of Laurence J. Burton

Identifier: MS-117


MS 117 contains papers relating to Laurence J. Burton’s college education and to his career prior to his election as Representative from Utah’s First Congressional District in 1962. Though covering only a relatively short period of time, 1951-1961, the material offers pertinent information on the events and circumstances which directed Burton into national politics.

Box 1: A miscellany of examinations, lecture notes and research papers from Burton’s undergraduate and graduate studies during the period 1949-1959. Through this decade of studies, one can see the development of the future congressman’s interest in and understanding of national politics and international ideologies.

Box 2: Papers relating to Burton’s work as Director of Public Relations at Weber College (1951-1957), and as editor of the “JUCO Review,” the magazine of the National Junior College Athletic Association (1951-1961). The bulk of the material relates to the latter endeavor and offers insight into the 1 D.C..

Box 3this box contains a small amount of material related to his work as an Administrative Assistant to Governor George Dewey Clyde (1960-1962). For the most part, the latter is composed of publications relating to Federal aid to education and Utah’s tax system.

Box 4: An assemblage of personal memorabilia and sundry publications relating to a variety of subjects and personal interest. Also included in this box are the financial records for the construction of Burton’s house at 4170 Edgehill Drive in Ogden. All material in this collection is arranged in chronological order.


  • Creation: 1949 - 1962

Biographical / Historical

Born October 30, 1926 to Laurence S. and Marguerite Roghaar Burton. Ogden, Utah. Married Janice Shupe, September 16, 1947. Children Carol, Susan, Sally, and Laurence S. Military Air Copr, USNR, World War II. Education B. S., University of Utah, 1951. M. S., Utah State Agricultural College (U.S.U), 1956 Ph. D. studies, University of Utah, American University, Georgetown University, and George Washington University, 1957-1959. Religion Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormon). Organizations Republican Party American Legion Ogden Kiwanis


4 Boxes

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Part of the WSU Stewart Library Special Collections Repository

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Ogden UT 84408