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Joseph Talmage and Vera Jean Jones Collection

Identifier: H-Mss-1118

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Scope and Contents of the Collection

The Joseph Talmage and Vera Jean Jones Collection consists of records pertaining to J. Talmage and Vera Jean Jones including photographs, personal papers, letters, newspaper clippings, certificates, programs, blessings, and LDS church documents spanning over nine decades. The components of this collection outline the life story of J. Talmage and Vera Jean Jones about how they lived their lives, what activities they were involved in, their relationship with church leaders including Howard W. Hunter and Spencer W. Kimball, and how they committed their time to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There are documents related to organizations and businesses that J. Talmage was associated with, including the Christopher Layton Family, Inc. and the Mountain Mushroom, Inc. in Fillmore, Utah. This collection also includes correspondence with stake presidents and General Authorities including Spencer W. Kimball, Howard W. Hunter, Gordon B. Hinckley, Delbert L. Stapley, and Harold B. Lee. The main components of this collection are family, personal, and business records, church participation in California and the US Southwest, and missionary callings in Canada and Southeast Asia. Though this collection is less than 2 linear feet, it contains both personal and institutional records of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and many general authorities, particularly in reference to missionary work outside the US.


  • 1913-2002

Language of Material

Languages represented in the collection: English.


Collection open for research.

Publication Rights

All requests for permission to reproduce or to publish must be submitted in writing to Special Collections.

Biography / Administrative History

Joseph Talmage Jones, or J. Talmage Jones, was born on December 2, 1915, in Graham, Arizona, to Edna Cynthia Layton and Doctor Byron Jones. Vera Jean Noyes was born in Salt Lake City, Utah on June 8, 1919. They were both involved in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints their entire lives. J. Talmage was baptized a member of the Church on April 5, 1924. He was ordained in the priesthood of the church as a deacon on December 4, 1927, a priest January 15, 1933, an elder May 5, 1935, and finally as a high priest on February 27, 1949. J. Talmage Jones married Vera Jean Noyes on June 20, 1940, in Mesa, Arizona. They had seven children during their marriage. J. Talmage was the bishop of the Las Flores Ward from May 1950-March 1953, later serving as a counselor in the Pasadena Stake Presidency to the Stake President Howard W. Hunter who would later become the 14th president of the church. He was called as the mission president of the Western Canadian Mission and served from 1964-1967 with Vera Jean. He later served a second time as a mission president from 1980-1983 in the Singapore Mission. In 1967 he was called to serve as the Regional Representative of the Quorum of the Twelve in the Los Angeles East and Long Beach areas. He worked as a leader and advisor to stake presidents in Southern California, while also supervising the planning of youth activities and musical festivals in the Los Angeles area. He served in this calling from 1967-June 1974 and then again from July 1977-October 1979. During the last years of J. Talmageā€™s life he was diagnosed with multiple myeloma. He died on January 31, 1990, in Redlands, California, at the age of 74, and was buried in San Gabriel, California. Vera Jean died on June 9, 2004, in Provo, Utah, at the age of 85, and was buried in San Gabriel, California.


1.4 Linear Feet (3 document boxes)


The J. Talmage and Vera Jones Collection mostly covers the decades of the 1930s through the 1970s. The photos and documents in this collection are personal, family, and church involvement records ranging from the US Southwest to Singapore and Canada. The majority of the records are from or about J. Talmage Jones with some records produced or about his family, having most to do with their church activities and missionary work. The primary language of this collection is English and is largely textual documents and photographs with some ephemera.

Organization and Arrangement

Due to its small size it is unnecessary to organize the collection into series. Arrangement is based on the order that The Claremont Colleges Library Special Collections and Archives received the collection. Most folders are arranged chronologically by date.

Physical location

Please consult repository.

Provenance/Source of Acquisition

Gift of Robert S. Jones, November 2019


No additions to the collection are anticipated.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Stephanie Griswold and Tatiana Woliung. The physical processing was rehousing documents from folders and binders into acid-free archival folders and boxes. There were a few items that were separated from the main collection to be catalogued with other publications. Delicate items and photos have mostly been put in protective mylar. Original order has mostly been maintained with the exception of a few items that had been laid into the collection.

Joseph Talmage and Vera Jean Jones Collection
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Repository Details

Part of the 01 - Special Collections, Honnold/Mudd Library Repository

800 North Dartmouth Ave
Claremont CA 91711 United States