Table of Contents
Collection Overview +/-
Collection Inventory +/-
box 1: Personal Materials
folder 1: Biographical Materials
folder 2: Religious Certificates of Ordination (1901-1957)
folder 3: Feramorz Y. Fox Poetry
folder 4: Educational Documents (1911-1926)
Transcripts and other miscellaneous materials.
folder 5: Roster, University of Utah Class of 1906
folder 6: Twenty-fifth Anniversary Program, University of Utah Class of 1899
folder 7: 40th Anniversary Reunion Materials, University of Utah Class of 1899
folder 8: Leap Year Reception (1904-1936)
Feramorz Fox and friend, E. W. Reese, held their first Leap Year Reception on New Year's Day, 1904. They repeated the event in 1924 and 1936. The folder contains invitations and lists of guests.
folder 9: Miscellaneous Certificates of Award (1944-1957)
folder 10: Retirement (1948)
Congratulatory letters Fox received from friends and family on the occasion of his retirement.
folder 11: Funeral Services (1957)
Typed transcript of the funeral services of Feramorz Fox.
folder 12-15: Anna Wilcken Fox (1910-1966)
Correspondence with friends and family, poetry submitted to The Relief Society Magazine, and other miscellaneous items.
folder 16-18: Ruth May Fox (1907-1958)
The Improvement Era, November 1953, featuring Fox on her 100th birthday, transcript of funeral services, and additional miscellaneous items.
folder 19: Jesse W. Fox (1918-1938)
Personal and business correspondence.
folder 20-22: Jesse W. Fox Sr.
Biography written by Feramorz Fox and other miscellaneous items.
folder 23: James May
Information compiled by Feramorz Fox on the life of his maternal grandfather.
folder 24: August H. F. Wilcken
Information compiled by Feramorz Fox on the life of his father-in-law.
folder 25: Joseph William Fox
Transcript of the funeral services of Feramorz Fox's half brother.
folder 26: Fox Family Genealogy
folder 27: Fox Family Association (1956-1959)
Constitution and by-laws and annual meeting and reunion notices.
folder 28-31: Christmas Rhymes (1932-1964)
In 1932, the Fox family began a Christmas tradition of composing short poems to accompany their gifts to each other. The poems in these folders were composed by Anna and Feramorz Fox and their sons and daughter-in-laws.
folder 32: Miscellaneous
box 2: Personal Materials
folder 1: The Emeritus Club, University of Utah Alumni Association (1949-1955)
Correspondence, programs, and certificates of recognition.
folder 2: Forest Dale Literary Club (1952-1958)
By-laws, lists of club members, and meeting schedules.
folder 3-4: Kiwanis Club (1945-1954)
Achievement report and membership directory.
folder 5: Redwood Orchards Company (1917-1949)
The Redwood Orchards company was begun by Jesse W. Fox as a real estate corporation. Feramorz Fox assumed his father's interest in the business in 1917. Materials consist of articles of incorporation, correspondence, and legal documents.
folder 6-7: Forest Home Company (1953-1963)
Correspondence regarding the Fox's property in Lamb's Canyon, and Feramorz's activities as secretary of the company.
folder 8: Fox Firs
Materials concerning use and maintenance of the Fox's cabin in Lamb's Canyon.
folder 9-11: Drill-O-Type (1938-1951)
Fox was instrumental in the development of the Drill-O-Type, a machine used in typing classes for rhythm drills. The folders contain correspondence, advertising materials, and other miscellaneous items.
folder 12-13: Bank Statements (1956-1960)
folder 14-24: Income Tax Materials (1924-1956)
Tax forms and receipts.
folder 25: Property Insurance Policies (1960)
folder 26: Personal Financial Records (1912-1932)
Account books and index cards on which Fox recorded his daily expenditures.
folder 27: Appointment Books (1954) (1956)
box 3: Family Correspodence
folder 1: Correspondence Between Anna and Feramorz Fox (1906-1955)
folder 2: Anna and Feramorz Fox to Ruth May Fox (1926) (1956)
folder 3-16: Anna and Feramorz Fox to Their Children (1941-1961)
folder 17-22: Correspondence Between Anna and Feramorz Fox and James M. Fox (1922-1948)
folder 23: Correspondence Between Wilcken and Feramorz Fox (1938-1944)
folder 24-35: Karl Fox Family to Anna and Feramorz Fox (1932-1956)
box 4: Family Correspondence (1957-1966)
Karl Fox Family to Anna and Feramorz Fox.
box 5: Family Correspondence (1938-1966)
Correspondence Between Ausdrig Piranian Malouf and Anna and Feramorz Fox. Ausdrig was a friend of the Fox family and lived with them for a period of time.
box 6: Family Correspondence
folder 1-6: Correspondence Between George Piranian and Anna and Feramorz Fox (1932-1965)
George was a friend of the Fox family and may have lived with them at one time.
folder 7-16: Correspondence Between Leonard Grant Fox and Feramorz Fox (1918-1942)
Leonard and Feramorz were half brothers. The majority of the correspondence is regarding family business matters.
folder 17: Correspondence Between William J. Fox and Feramorz Fox (1917-1947)
folder 18-19: Lester and Cathie Fox to Feramorz and Anna Fox (1948-1961)
folder 20: George Fox to Anna and Feramorz Fox (1954-1958)
folder 21: Harold and Lucy Fox to Feramorz and Anna Fox (1955-1957)
folder 22: Correspondence Between Ross Fox and Feramorz Fox (1926-1941)
folder 23: Correspondence Between Neve Fox and Feramorz Y. Fox (1930)
folder 24-25: Miscellaneous Family Correspondence (1923-1964)
box 7: Miscellaneous Correspondence
folder 1-3: Glen Korth to Anna and Feramorz Fox (1944-1965)
folder 4-6: Elsa Pedersen to Feramorz and Anna Fox (1948-1963)
folder 7-8: Correspondence Between Alma B. Wright and Feramorz Fox (1929-1951)
folder 9-24: Miscellaneous Correspondence (1890-1957)
Correspondence between Feramorz Fox and his friends and associates concerning business and personal matters.
box 8: Latter-day Saints University Yearbooks (1917) (1919)
box 9: Latter-day Saints University Yearbooks (1927-1931)
box 10: Research Files (A-F)
Boxes 10-17 contain Fox's alphabetical research files on Mormon land use and economic idealism. While the original order and folder headings have been maintained, the researcher should be aware that Fox often made notes on a variety of different topics on a single page. Consequently, folder headings may not always accurately reflect the contents of the folder.
folder 1: Agriculture in Colorado
folder 2-2A: Allotment of Land
folder 3: Bear River City
folder 4-5: Bibliographic References
folder 6: Brigham City
folder 7: Brigham Young
folder 8-9: Brigham Young on Wealth
folder 10: Brigham Young Property
folder 11: "Building Temporal Foundations"
folder 12: Church Lands
folder 13-14: City Planning
folder 15-18: Consecration
folder 19: Cooperative Manufacturing Companies
folder 20: Cooperative Stock Herds
folder 21: Cooperative Theory
folder 22: Crop Lands and Farming
folder 23-25: Currency
folder 26: Dancing
folder 27-28: Exploration and Selection of Lands
folder 29-30: Fences
folder 31: Financial Aid
folder 32: Forestry
folder 33: Forts
box 11: Research Files (G-O)
folder 1: General Cooperatives, Public Works, Care of Poor
folder 2-3: Grazing
folder 4: Housing
folder 5: Indian Relations
folder 6: Industries/Occupations
folder 7-9: Industry
folder 10-13: Iron Manufacturing in Utah
folder 14: Jackson County, Missouri
folder 15: John Powell Autobiography
folder 16: Joseph Smith's Plot of Zion City
folder 17: Kirtland United Order
folder 18: Land Disputes
folder 19: Land Title Records
folder 20: Land Values
folder 21-22: "The Last Days"
folder 22A: Laws
folder 23-24: Leadership
folder 25: Literary Firm
folder 26: Livestock
folder 27: Maps, Western States
folder 28: Mexican Colonies
folder 29: Money, Prices, Wages
folder 30: Mormons as Colonizers
folder 31: Old Fort
folder 32-33: Orderville
box 12: Research Files (P-Set)
folder 1: Polynesia
folder 2-4: Population
folder 5-6: Principles and Policies
folder 7-10: Property Deeds
folder 11-12: Public Works
folder 13: Roads
folder 14: San Bernardino
folder 15-17: Security Plan
folder 18: Selection of Settlers
folder 19: Self-Sufficiency, Manufacturing
folder 20-21: Self-Sufficiency, Occupations
folder 22: Settlers West of the Jordan River
box 13: Research Files (Sev-T)
box 14: Research Files (United Order)
box 15: Research Files (United Order)
box 16: Research Files (W-Z)
box 17: Research Files
box 18: Research Materials
folder 1: "A Message from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (1930)
folder 2: "A Practical Bibliography of Works on Mormonism" (1944)
folder 3: "The Admission of Utah," Jeremiah M. Wilson (1889)
folder 4: America's Historical Opportunity (1937)
folder 5: "The Angel of the Prairies," Parley P. Pratt
folder 6: "Are We of Israel," George Reynolds (1916)
folder 7: The Bible and Polygamy (1877)
folder 8: "The Book of Abraham: Its Authenticity Established as a Divine and Ancient Record," George Reynolds
folder 9: "Defense of the Constitutional and Religious Rights of the People of Utah" (1882)
folder 10: "Delusions: An Analysis of the Book of Mormon," Alexander Campbell (1832)
folder 11: "Division of Land In Pioneer Days," Kate B. Carter (1942)
folder 12: "The Earth and Man," James E. Talmage (1931)
folder 13: "History of the Organization of the Seventies," Joseph Young (1878)
folder 14: "How to Live Acceptably," Orson Pratt (1875)
folder 15: "The Idaho Test Oath," Richard Z. Johnson (1888)
folder 16: "Items on Priesthood," John Taylor (1881)
folder 17: Joseph Smith, J. Edward Johnson (1944)
folder 18: "Latter day Saint Temples," Heber J. Grant (1937)
folder 19: "The Laws of Stewardship and Consecration," Orson Pratt (1874)
folder 20: "The Life and Labors of Eliza R. Snow Smith" (1888)
folder 21: "The Majesty of God," Orson Pratt (1875)
folder 22: Mormonism: Its Origin and History, B. H. Roberts
folder 23: "Official Statement from the First Presidency of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints" (1933)
folder 24: "Opinions of the Leading Statesman of the United States on the Edmunds Law" (1882)
folder 25: "The Philosophical Basis of Mormonism," James E. Talmage (1915)
folder 26: "Reasons Why the People of Utah Should be Republicans," Joseph F. Smith (1892)
folder 27: "Religions, Sects, and Cults that Spring from Mormonism," Kate B. Carter (1942)
folder 28: "Succession in the Priesthood," John Taylor (1881)
folder 29: "Teachings of President Brigham Young" (1922)
folder 30: "Temples: Ancient and Modern," J. M. Sjodahl (1892)
folder 31: "Three Degrees of Glory," Melvin J. Ballard (1922)
folder 32: "The United Order and Law of Consecration as Set Out In the Revelations of the Lord," J. Reuben Clark
folder 33: "Utah Election Laws: Who Can and Who Cannot Vote Among the Mormons"
folder 34: "Wheels of Pioneer Progress," Kate B. Carter (1953)
box 19: Speech Topics (A-L)
Boxes 19-20 consist of an assortment of articles, notes, and quotes Fox gathered to use in speeches. The materials are arranged alphabetically by topic.
folder 1: Art/Music Appreciation and Emotions
folder 2: Aspiration, Hope, and Despair
folder 3: The Bible
folder 4: Business
folder 5-7: Character/Personal Ideals
folder 8: Contentment
folder 9: Cooperation/Teamwork
folder 10-11: Death
folder 12: Faith, Self Confidence, and Determination
folder 13: Fate
folder 14: Happiness/Contentment
folder 15-16: Holidays
folder 17-18: How to Live
folder 19: Imagination
folder 20: Industry
folder 21: Jokes
folder 22-23: Love, Friendship, and Service
box 20: Speech Topics (M-Y)
folder 1: Misunderstanding/Tolerance
folder 2: Mormon Heritage
folder 3-4: Mothers, Fathers, and Family
folder 5: Open Space
folder 6: Opportunity
folder 7: Patriotism
folder 8: Prayer
folder 9: The Present
folder 10: Progress and Change
folder 11: Religion
folder 12: Salesmanship
folder 13: Serenity
folder 14-15: Success
folder 16: Teaching
folder 17: The West
folder 18: Women
folder 19: Youth
folder 20: Miscellaneous Quotes
folder 21: Miscellaneous Notes
box 21: Speech Outlines, Articles, and Addresses
folder 1: Speech Outline, "David Grayson's Philosophy"
folder 2: Speech Outline, "Economic Inequality"
folder 3: Speech Outline, "The Epistle of James"
folder 4: Speech Outline, "The Greatness of Joseph Smith"
folder 5: Article, "Conservation of Manpower" (1920)
folder 6: Article, "On Climbing Up the Day Roll"
folder 7: Article, "Problems of Reconstruction"
folder 8: Article, "The Public Market Place"
folder 9: Article, "Putting a Crimp in the High Cost of Living"
folder 10: Article, "U.E.A. Takes Over Credit Union" (1943)
folder 11: Article, "The Use of Intelligence Tests in Predicting Success in Shorthand" (1933)
folder 12: Article, "War Loans and Industrial Readjustment"
folder 13: Article, "War, Women, and Work"
folder 14: Article, "What's the Matter With Sara?" (1943)
folder 15: Miscellaneous Articles
folder 16: Address, "The Mormon System of Colonization" (1928)
folder 17: Emeritus Club Address (1953)
box 22: Insurance Materials
folder 1: Kolob Corporation (1953-1956)
Miscellaneous insurance materials.
folder 2-12: Occidental Life Insurance Company (1949-1957)
Agent's statements and commission statements.
folder 3-19: Policy Notes (1949-1955)
Notes Fox kept on the insurance needs of his clients. Materials are arranged alphabetically.
folder 20: Certificates of Achievement (1949-1955)
folder 21: Miscellaneous
box 23: Miscellaneous Material
folder 1-3: News Clippings (1926-1957)
News articles concerning the activities of Feramorz Fox, his family and friends, and the L.D.S. Business College.
folder 4-6: Early L.D.S. Song Books
folder 7: Ruth Musser Materials (1920s)
Poetry and prose written by Musser.
folder 8: Heber J. Grant Materials (1937-1939)
Three booklets containing poetry and prose compiled by Grant and distributed to his family and friends at Christmas.
folder 9: University of Utah Commencement Program (1895)
folder 10: "The Story of John W. Smith: Pioneer of Rural School Consolidation in Utah," D. James Cannon (1952)
folder 11: Miscellaneous
Biographical Note/Historical Note +/-
Born September 28, 1881, in Salt Lake City, Feramorz Young Fox was a son of Jesse W. and Ruth May Fox. His mother, at 104, was still alive at the time of her son's death. Fox married Anna Wilcken in 1906; they later became parents of three children. Graduated from the University of Utah the year of his marriage, Fox devoted his career to a series of teaching and administrative positions at the L.D.S. University in Salt Lake City, becoming its president in 1926. At the University of Utah he had been a gifted and versatile student with interests in chemistry, geology, and English literature. In 1920 he was awarded a Willard D. Thompson scholarship at the University of California, Berkeley, where he completed a master's degree in economics in 1912 with a thesis on "Cooperation in the Raisin Industry of California." He was offered a temporary instructorship at Berkeley and was urged to complete his doctorate with additional research on the economics of cooperation, but illness in his family compelled his return to Salt Lake City. In the 1920s his research interests shifted to land economics, and he completed his doctorate at Northwestern University in 1932 with a dissertation on "The Mormon Land System."
Thus, Fox brought a unique set of qualifications to the study of experiments in cooperation among the Mormons, which he began in 1932 at the depths of the Great Depression. He was well versed in the economics and history of cooperatives in England and the United States and was also thoroughly familiar with the economic problems of Utah agriculture and the rural communities based upon it. His grandfather had surveyed the streets of Salt Lake City; President Fox, like his father before him, had grown up in the Salt Lake City milieu. Finally, President Fox combined the skills of a trained economist with a mature understanding of the behavior of people in organizations.
When he become its president in 1926, the school then known as the L.D.S. University consisted of a high school, junior college, and business college. The junior college was discontinued in the late 1920s and the high school in 1931; President Fox guided the L.D.S. Business College successfully through the depression, war, and postwar years until his retirement in 1948. He was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, serving as a high counselor in the Emigration Stake and member of the Sunday School board of the Ensign Stake. He was past president of the Salt Lake Kiwanis Club, the Executive Club, and the Emeritus Club of the University of Utah. He died on November 29, 1957, at the age of seventy-six.
Content Description +/-
The Feramorz Young Fox papers (1830s-1966) consist of the personal, business, and research materials of Feramorz Y. Fox (1881-1957), a Utah historian, economist, and educator. Included are correspondence, family histories, yearbooks, manuscripts, articles, notes, speeches, and other materials.
Collection Use +/-
Restrictions on Access:
Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.
Restrictions on Use:
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.
Permission to publish material from the Feramorz Young Fox papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.
Initial Citation: Feramorz Young Fox papers, Ms 540, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.
Following Citations:Ms 540.
Administrative Information +/-
Gift of Karl Fox.
Processed by Allesen Peck in 1989.
Fox, Feramorz Y., 1881-1957
Collection materials are in English.
10 linear feet
Language of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid encoded in English in Latin script.
Author of the Finding Aid:
Finding aid created by Allesen Peck
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