Daguerreotype presumed to be Aphek Woodruff

Daguerreotype presumed to be Aphek Woodruff

Dates: approximately 1840-1850

A cased daguerreotype showing the portrait of a man presumed to be Aphek Woodruff. Approximately 1840-1850.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)
  • Call Number: MSS 9043
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research. Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Daguerreotype presumed to be Aphek Woodruff must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 9043; Daguerreotype presumed to be Aphek Woodruff; Photographic Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 9043, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Donated by Bud Stoddard to the Museum of Art and transferred by the Museum of Art to Special Collections in February 2017.
Acquisition Information
Transferred; Museum of Art; February 2017. Donated; Bud Stoddard.
Subject Terms
Immigration and American Expansion; Pioneers; Woodruff, Aphek, 1778-1861--Photographs
Genre / Form
Photographs; Portraits
Processing Information
Processed; Megan Courchaine, student manuscript processor, and Tom Wells, curator; 2018.
Appraisal Information
1839-1930 (Photographic Archives collection development policy II.B.2.a, 2013).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Daguerreotype presumed to be Woodruff (Aphek)
Finding Aid Author
Megan Courchaine
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using ArchivesSpace on 2018-10-08 16:27:14 -0600.
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Aphek Woodruff (1778-1861) was a Mormon miller in Utah.

Aphek Woodruff was born on November 11, 1778 to Eldad Woodruff and Dinah Woodford in Farmington, Connecticut. As a young man, he worked as a miller and small-time farmer. Woodruff continued work at the same mill for fifty years and was revered for his strong work ethic. He married Beulah Thompson on November 25, 1801 in Farmington, Connecticut, and together they had three children. After Beulah's death in 1808, he married Azuba Hart on November 9, 1809 and had another six children, only one of whom survived into adulthood. Woodruff was converted to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by his son Wilford (a later president of the church) and baptized on July 1, 1838. In 1847, he traveled to the Salt Lake Valley with other Mormon pioneers. Aphek Woodruff died on May 28, 1861 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

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