John August Carlson papers, 1890-1909

Overview of the Collection

Carlson, John August, 1859-1944
John August Carlson papers
1890-1909 (inclusive)
3 boxes, (1.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number
Correspondence (including that which was written back and forth during Carlson's Swedish mission), financial records of Carlson's blacksmithing business and other accounts paid and received by Carlson, genealogical records of both the Carlson and the Lundstrom families. Newspapers written in Swedish are contained in this collection.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 4357978248
Fax: 4357972880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John August Carlson was born June 28, 1859 in Lannaskede, Sweden the son of Carl Gustof Johanson and Anna Marie Jonnasson. During the 1880s John joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and opted to move to the Utah Territory, United States to be among fellow church members. While sailing to the United States he met his future wife Anna Britta Lundstrom, also Swedish and immigrating to the Utah Territory.

After arriving in the Utah Territory, John briefly settled in Smithfield, Utah and opened a blacksmithing shop. A year later John procured land in nearby Logan, Utah and relocated to pursue farming. He also continued to work as a blacksmith. After moving he met Anna B. Lundstrom again, who had moved to Logan to work at her brother's furniture business. Shortly thereafter, John and Anna were married on November 10, 1886 in Logan. They later had ten children together.

In 1894 John was called by his church to serve as a missionary in Sweden, where he proselyted for three years. After completing his missionary duties, he returned to his family in Utah but moved the family to Smithfield. In Smithfield John opened a blacksmithing shop. John lived most of his remaining life in Smithfield. John died January 19, 1944 in Logan.

Source: Parker, Virginia Carlson, "Biography of John Wilford Carlson," 1975.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This three-box collection contains the papers of John A. Carlson. His papers consist of correspondence, missionary papers, blacksmithing records, genealogical information, and a scrapbook. The majority of Carlson's papers concern his mission in Sweden and his blacksmithing business. Some of the items included in this collection are; the letters written between Carlson and his wife while he was serving as a missionary in Sweden, his blacksmithing ledgers which show work preformed and fees, and a scrapbook containing clippings from Utah Korrespondenten, a Swedish Salt Lake City newspaper.

The materials in this collection have been organized topically and then chronologically. The researcher should be aware that some of the material in this collection is written in Swedish, such as some of Carlson's correspondence and blacksmithing records. Some items from this collection were removed and have catalogued separately. These items include; issues of Utah Korrespondenten, an issue of Fyrbaken, and issues of Nordstjaman and Skandinaviens Stjerne.

Note: Researchers interested in the Carlson family should also see the papers of J.A. Carlson's son; Coll Mss 27: The John W. Carlson Papers.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the John August Carlson papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

John August Carlson papers, 1890-1909. (COLL MSS 26). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Arranged topically and chronologically.

Acquisition Information

The materials in this collection were donated to USU Special Collections & Archives in 1975 by Virginia Carlson Parker, the granddaughter of John A. Carlson.

Related Materials

John W. Carlson Papers (COLL MSS 26)

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Correspondence, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
Swedish Missionary Correspondence, A-G
1 2
Swedish Missionary Correspondence with Hoglund, A. J.
1 3
Swedish Missionary Correspondence with Hoglund, A. J.
1 4
Swedish Missionary Correspondence, L-T
1 5
Swedish Missionary Correspondence from unidentified sources
1 6
Record of Correspondence while on Swedish Mission
1 7
Swedish Correspondence, B-N
1 8
Swedish Correspondence, P-Y
1 9
Swedish Correspondence from unidentified sources
1 10
Swedish Correspondence from unidentified sources
1 11
Swedish Missionary Correspondence with John A. Carlson's wife, Anna Carlson

Financial Accounts , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 12
Accounts received by Lundberg and Carlson, Blacksmithing
(2 pieces) (also see box 3)
1 13
Account book of Blacksmith business in Smithfield, Utah, written in Swedish
1887 January-1894 March
1 14
Account Book written partly in Swedish
1890 August-1893
1 15
Financial Accounts of John A. Carlson, written partly in Swedish
1 16
Account Book
1 17
Account Book
1905 June 21-1909 November
1 18
Receipts, Cache County notices of Assessment and receipts of payment
1 19
Cache Stake Tithing Store, Contains Bishop's storehouse
1889 October 21 - 1894 March 15
1 20
Accounts paid by John A. Carlson
1 21
Accounts paid by John A. Carlson

Blacksmithing Papers, Missionary Papers And , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Blacksmithing materials
2 2
Accounts of ordination to Priesthood positions prior to mission to Sweden
2 3
Missionary Items, 1890-1895, written in Swedish
Names of people who bought tickets to the dance of the 7th Ward, March 28, 1890. Monthly missionary reports, January-December, 1895. Quarterly income report of N. N. Branch of N. N. Conference, 4th quarter, Quarterly expenditure report of 1st district Council, 4th quarter, Tithing list of N. N. Branch. Record of people deceased, Wengokers Branch, -March, 1894-December, 1895. Daily notebook of income-and expenditures, 4th quarter, book report from August to November, 1895. Total books and amount of money, Improvement Era, 1895. Diploma of graduation from Elementary School, November 25, 1872. List of books which are found in Wengokers Branch. Records of 119th Quorum of Seventies. Record of members in branch. Quarterly statistical report of the N. N. Branch, November 10, 1890. Subscription for North Star, January 1. Subscription for brethren in branch to North Star. Collection of Konrad Haglunds, March 8, 1895.
2 4
Record of members of N. N. Branch, and missionary diary, Swedish
1895-1897; undated

Genealogical Records , undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 5
Genealogical notes written in Swedish
2 6
Lundstrom family records and genealogical materials written in Swedish
2 7
John A. Carlson personal records and family materials
2 8
Genealogy of John A. Carlson family and Lundstrom family
2 9
Record of temple work done by Sene Catherine Mikkelson Sorensen
2 10
Personal items of John A. Carlson. Genealogical records of Carlson and Lundstrom families written in Swedish
2 11
Miscellaneous items
2 12
Miscellaneous items written partly in Swedish
2 13
John A. Carlson printed advertising cards from Sweden and miscellaneous items
Item 1: : Scrapbook and loose newspaper clippings, (contains clippings from Utah Korrespondenten) circa
Item 2: : Account book

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Blacksmithing--Utah--Records and correspondence.
  • Blacksmiths--Utah.
  • Mormon missionaries--Sweden--Correspondence.
  • Swedish Americans--Utah--Logan--Genealogy.
  • Swedish-American newspapers.

Personal Names

  • Carlson, John August, 1859-1944.

Family Names

  • Carlson family.
  • Lundstrom family.