Chiyo Thomas Telford Papers

Mandeville Special Collections Library
Mandeville Special Collections Library
The UCSD Libraries
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University of California, San Diego
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Descriptive Summary

Creator: Telford, Chiyo Thomas
Title: Chiyo Thomas Telford Papers,
Date (inclusive): 1939 - 1953
Extent: 0.60 linear feet (2 archives boxes)
Abstract: The Chiyo Thomas Telford Papers contain correspondence, memorabilia and photographs from the World War II period, when Telford was with the American Red Cross in the Philippines, to the early 1950s. Principal correspondents include Elbert D.Thomas, her father and senator from Utah (1932-1950), and Claude S. Snow, a friend. The memorabilia include personal and World War II ephemera. The collection is arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and 3) PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES
Repository: University of California, San Diego. Geisel Library. Mandeville Special Collections Library.
La Jolla, California 92093-0175
Collection number: MSS 0151
Language of Material: Collection materials in English


Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Information

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Preferred Citation

Chiyo Thomas Telford Papers, MSS 0151. Mandeville Special Collections Library, UCSD.

Publication Rights

Publication rights are held by the creator of the collection.


Chiyo Thomas Telford was born on December 25, 1910, in Japan. Her parents were Mormon missionaries. Her father, Elbert Duncan Thomas, served as United States senator from Utah (1932-1950), chairman of the Senate Military Affairs Committee and high commissioner for the Pacific Islands Trust Territory (1951-1953).
Chiyo Thomas Telford grew up in Salt Lake City, attended Latter Day Saints High School, and was graduated from the University of Utah in 1931. After teaching school in Salt Lake City, she went to Washington, D.C., where she worked in her father's Senate office. She joined the American Red Cross after the outbreak of World War II and in 1943 was sent to the Philippines as a recreational therapist.
After the war, she returned to Salt Lake City and earned a master's degree in education from the University of Utah in 1947. In 1950 she married Horton Telford, an official with the U.S. State Department. After a series of overseas assignments, they returned to the United States in the mid -1960s and settled in California.

Scope and Content of Collection

The Chiyo Thomas Telford Papers consist of letters from her family, including her father, Senator Elbert D.Thomas of Utah, letters from U.S. military personnel , miscellaneous material, and photographs. The papers are arranged in three series: 1) CORRESPONDENCE, 2) MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS and 3) PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES.
The major part of the CORRESPONDENCE is to Chiyo Thomas Telford from her father, Elbert D. Thomas, her sisters, and members of the U.S. military writing from Europe, North Africa and the Philippines.
MISCELLANEOUS MATERIALS include clippings, personal and World War II memorabilia, and speeches by Elbert D. Thomas.
The PHOTOGRAPHS AND SKETCHES series contains photographs taken during her work with the American Red Cross in the Philippines, photographs of members of the armed forces, mostly unidentified, undated photographs of people and places, an undated portrait proof of Elbert D. Thomas, a watercolor portrait, and two pencil sketches of Chiyo Thomas Telford.

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the library's online public access catalog.


Telford, Chiyo Thomas -- Archives
Thomas, Elbert Duncan, 1883-1953
American National Red Cross -- Biography
American National Red Cross -- Philippines -- Pictorial works
World War, 1939-1945 -- War work -- Red Cross
Legislators -- United States
Photographic prints -- 20th Century.


Thomas, Elbert Duncan, dd 1883-1953, -- correspondent
Snow, Claude S., -- correspondent

Collection Contents



box 1, folder 1

American Red Cross 1944 - 1945

box 1, folder 2

B - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 3

Brandel, Arthur M. 1943

box 1, folder 4

C - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 5

D - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 6

E - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 7

G - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 8

Grover, Esther Thomas (sister) 1951 - 1953

box 1, folder 9

H - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 10

Hansen, Edna Louis Thomas (sister)


Ca. 1950s
box 1, folder 11

I - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 12

J - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 13

K - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 14

L - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 15

M - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 16

Morris, Claude B. 1942 - 1944

box 1, folder 17

O - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 18

P - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 19

R - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 20

S - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 21

Snow, Claude S. 1942 - 1944

box 1, folder 22

Snow, Claude S. 1945

box 1, folder 23

T - Miscellaneous

box 1, folder 24

Thomas, Elbert Duncan 1939 - 1951


Enclosed in letter of 2/26/51 is an unsigned carbon copy of a 1/23/51 letter from Harry S. Truman giving Thomas ambassador rank as high commissioner, Pacific Trust Territories.
box 1, folder 25

Thomas, Elbert Duncan 1952 - 1953

box 1, folder 26

Toth, Andrew J. 1942 - 1943

box 1, folder 27

V - Miscellaneous



box 2, folder 1

Cartoon drawing, "Wait til I finish reading the Thomas report"

box 2, folder 2


box 2, folder 3

Ephemera - Personal

box 2, folder 4

Ephemera - World War II


Typescript and printed copies of the pamphlet "You Can Defend America", 1941; printed pamphlet "Our Defense Forces", 1941; driver permits; American Red Cross I.D.; ration book stub; "V...- mail" form; U.S. Postal Savings and War Savings stamps; wrapper for a package of Japanese cigarettes.
box 2, folder 5

Map of Europe with route annotations

box 2, folder 6


box 2, folder 7

Speeches by Elbert Duncan Thomas





box 2, folder 8

Armed forces personnel

box 2, folder 9

Telford, Chiyo Thomas

box 2, folder 10

Thomas, Elbert Duncan

box 2, folder 11

Unidentified people and places



box 2, folder 12

Telford, Chiyo Thomas