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Papers of George R. Gygi

Call Number: RH MS 1204


The collection includes detailed genealogy records collected by George R. Gygi.


  • 1962 - 1985


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Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

Biography of George R. Gygi

George R. Gygi was born July 8, 1897 in Salt Lake City Utah to Rudolph Gygi (1867-1945) and Liesetta Riedelbach (1874-1963), who were married March 9, 1892.

Having finished grammar school, Gygi left school and began working as a printer in 1912 at Deseret News to help support his family.

In 1918, Gygi enlisted in the Army, serving in California, England, and France.

Following the war, Gygi worked at a number of other Salt Lake City printing plants and pursued his trade in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Hollywood, Idaho, and in Ogden and Riverton, Utah. In 1941, he opened his own business, Fine Arts Press, which later became Fine Arts Printing and Publishing Co. Gygi's business was open for 29 years.

Gygi was an active member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints and printed, edited, and published numerous church books and periodicals. He was the originator and publisher of the first Mothers Day books in the country used in the Sunday Schools as gifts. He also originated the colored Christmas folders used by bishops, and the chapel size M.I.A. Theme cards (in 1941), which he produced for 32 years. He also produced Books of Remembrance for military men and wards, as well as other original publications.

Gygi married Zella Lucille Hance in 1927. The couple had six children, Lucile, Leland, Keith, Robert, Stuart, and David.

George Gygi died August 5, 1989.


.5 Linear Feet (1 box)

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Scope and Contents

George G. Gygi, a printer, compiled his family genealogy with records dating as early as 1545. The bound genealogy contains maps, a family pedigree, coats of arms, photographs, and personal accounts of Gygi's own life. The collection also contains several articles about Gygi's life and a letter of sale from Gygi to Richard R. Ring.

Physical Location

RH MS 1204

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, George R. Gygi

Guide to the George R. Gygi Collection
Papers of George R. Gygi
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Preferred citation
George R. Gygi Collection, Kansas Collection, RH MS 1204, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas Libraries

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

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Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States