Lorin Farrar Wheelwright papers

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright papers

Dates: 1890-1980

Collection primarily documents the activities of Lorin Farrar Wheelwright but contains some of the personal papers of his parents David R. and Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright from 1890 to 1980, including documents pertaining to their lives as children, students, parents, missionaries, and workers through personal autobiographies, pictures, journals, correspondence, and personal writings. The bulk of the collection contains personal documents of Lorin Wheelwright's life in music, education, lithography, religion, and civic leadership while in Oswego, New York, and in Utah. His musical documents contain lesson plans, class projects, newspaper clippings, personal music studies and tests, which pertain to his career as a teacher and administrator. Between 1967 and 1974 Wheelwright served as the Dean of Fine Arts of Brigham Young University in which this collection contains his correspondences, publications, and projects dealing with his commitment to the Board of Student publications, and the BYU Centennial and Mormon Festival of Arts projects. Throughout his life he served as a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the collection contains his personal religious papers from 1952 to 1964. They include papers and correspondence dealing with the Sunday School General Board, Instructor manuscripts (an LDS magazine), and documents kept while serving in the ward and stake levels. Wheelwright fulfilled civic duties and leadership as he interacted with the Utah Legislative Council and Coordinating Council of Higher Education in which the collection contains correspondences, reports, and bulletins surrounding each council's activities. The collection also contains Wheelwright's activities with Grove Finance/Beacon Financial Inc. as a chairman, in which he took part in a bankruptcy issue against Hal Haycock. The collection contains court orders, schedules, hearings, and reports. The largest part of the collection is composed of Wheelwright's activities in his Lithography business in which he worked for twenty-eight years. Publications, manuscripts, correspondences, and financial statements all document his success as a lithographer.

  • Extent: 195 boxes (97.5 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize box (1 linear ft.). -- 1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Wheelwright, Lorin Farrar, 1909-1987
  • Call Number: MSS 3164
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English.
Arranged into nine series: 1. Wheelwright family papers, circa 1881-1964. 2. Personal correspondence and other material, circa 1923-1976 (chronological). 3. Personal papers, circa 1932-1969 (chronological). 4. Musical career papers, circa 1936-1963 (chronological). 5. Civic papers, circa 1936-1969 (chronological). 6. Religious papers, circa 1952-1977 (chronological). 7. Lithography business papers, circa 1946-1973 (subject). 8. Administrative papers, circa 1957-1976 (subject). 9. Papers on Grove Finance and Beacon Financial, Inc., circa 1978-1985 (chronological).
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Lorin Farrar Wheelwright papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 3164; Lorin Farrar Wheelwright papers; 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 3164, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by the Lorin F. Wheelwright Family Trust in 2004 and 2005.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lorin F. Wheelwright Family Trust; 2004 and 2005.
Other Finding Aids
Inventory available in repository.
Subject Terms
Wheelwright family; Wheelwright, Lorin Farrar, 1909-1987--Archives; Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences; Fine Arts; Music--Instruction and study
Genre / Form
Diaries; Letters; Photographs; Scrapbooks
Music teachers
Processing Information
Processed; Melba Richey, University Archivist, and John Murphy, Curator; 2006. Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John Murphy, Curator; 2010.
Appraisal Information
Contains the papers of a BYU professor. LDS scholarship and historiography (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.III, August 2007).
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Finding Aid Title
Wheelwright (Lorin Farrar) papers
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Amy Perez, Melba Richey, and John Murphy
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2011-12-02T14:12-0700
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987) was a Mormon educator, composer, musician, and administrator in Utah.

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright was born on December 20, 1909 in Ogden, Utah to David S. and Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright. He showed an early talent for music, and studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner. He later expanded his training attending Columbia University and the Juilliard School of Music in New York. He earned a master's degree at the University of Chicago, and a doctorate from Columbia University. Among the works he composed are many hymns that remain in the Latter-day Saint hymnbook.

Wheelwright worked at a variety of institutions in Utah and New York, including the Oswego State Teacher's College (now State University of New York at Oswego), the Branch Agricultural College (now Southern Utah University), Brigham Young University, and the Salt Lake Public Schools. He later left education to form his own music publishing company, Wheelwright Lithographing Company. He also served in the leadership of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints as a member of the Sunday School General Board from 1956 to 1971, and as associate editor of the Church publication The Instructor.

In 1967 he was recruited to serve as dean of the College of Fine Arts and Communications at Brigham Young University. During his tenure the faculty of the college was expanded, and the curriculum modified to focus on professional preparation. He also helped reorganize the Daily Universe as a student laboratory newspaper, produced college-oriented recordings for Church-wide distribution, and established the Mormon Arts Festival. Following his retirement in 1972 he was appointed to the university's Centennial Celebration Committee.

Wheelwright married Ila Eugenia Spilsbury in 1933 in St. George, Utah. Together they had four children. He passed away on November 4, 1987 in Provo, Utah.

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