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Muhlestein family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 804
The Muhlestein Family papers include two letters dated 1937-1938, photographs dated 1914-1954, a biography of Christian Hyrum Muhlestein, and a family group sheet. Materials are dated circa 1914-1980. A family book of Joyce Terry and Herrick Tune Muhlestein consisting of biographies on family members, pedigree chards, Xerox copies of letters, blessings, and photographs, completed in 1991 by Joyce Terry. The collection also contains handwritten letters, a diary, financial statements, a certificate, and typewritten copies of faith-promoting stories within the Mormon framework of beliefs. Two of the letters deal with Muhlestein's mission to Switzerland for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. One of these letters was signed by Wilford Woodruff, the president of the Church. The diary was kept by Lizzie Conrad (Muhlestein?) from 1892 to 1900 and has many gaps. Conrad writes about her life and her marriage to "Hyrum" on 3 January 1896 and their subsequent move from Provo to Scofield, Utah.


  • approximately 1891-1991


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the Muhlestein family papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


5 folders (0.25 linear feet)


The Muhlestein family papers include letters, photographs, a diary, stories, a certificate, pedigree charts, biographies of family members, and other various papers, circa 1914-1991.

Biographical History

The Muhlestein family lived in Utah and Colorado.

Mary Elizabeth (Lizzie) Conrad was born on 21 March 1875 to Charles Conrad and Mary Elizabeth Holdaway in Provo, Utah. She married Christian Hyrum Muhlestein on 1 January 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had eight children together. She died 3 March 1938 in Provo, Utah.

Christian Hyrum Muhlestein was both 1 September 1870 in Provo, Utah, to Nicholas Muhlestein and Mary Hauenstein, who had settled in Utah in 1863 after emigrating from Switzerland. In 1891 he was called on a mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to Switzerland and Germany. He married Mary Elizabeth Conrad on 1 January 1896 in Salt Lake City, Utah. They had eight children together. He worked as a coal miner. After his first wife’s death in 1938 he married Theresia Maria Egger on 22 November 1938 in Salt Lake City. In 1947 he was called as the patriarch of the East Provo Stake in the LDS Church. He died 27 June 1958 in Provo, Utah.

Herrick Tune Muhlestein was born to Mary Elizabeth Conrad and Christian Hyrum Muhlestein on 10 August 1916 in Somerset, Colorado. He moved to Provo in 1936 where he attended BY High, graduating in 1937. When World War II started he was deferred three times because of his eyes. He then moved to Burbank, California, to work for a while. He later moved back to Provo and worked for Geneva Steel. He started as an armature winder, but then became a motor inspector, the job he would enjoy the rest of the life. He married Cleo L. Lewis on 6 June 1945. They had a son, Daniel Herrick, and then divorced in 1949. He married Joyce Terry in the St. George Temple on 30 June 1952. They had seven children together and adopted one more. They fostered many other children throughout the years. He died 11 February 1976 in Orem, Utah.

Joyce Terry was born 21 September 1931 to Royal Terry and Tressa Langston. She married Herrick Tune Muhlestein in the St. George Temple on 30 June 1952. They had seven children together and adopted one more. They fostered many other children through out the years. In addition to raising her family she spent a lot of time with music and genealogy. Joyce died 12 February 2003 in Provo, Utah.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

The originals are restricted due to their poor condition. Photocopies are available for patron use.

Custodial History note

Donated by Joyce Muhlestein in 1992 and 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Joyce Muhlestein; 1992, 1993.

Appraisal note

Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (19th and 20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007) because of the family's residence in the west.

Related Archival Materials note

There is a collection of Muhlestein family photographs, MSS 3812, in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections.

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
Register of Muhlestein family papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Language of description

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States