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Wheelwright family papers, circa 1881-1964

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3164 Series 9

Scope and Contents

Contains Wheelwright's family papers, circa 1881-1964. This includes David R. Wheelwright diaries and journals, photographs, scrapbooks, certificates, family memorabilia, genealogy, histories, and correspondence concerning his mission, business, and life. Also includes Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright diaries, scrapbooks, correspondence, poetry, photographs, memorabilia, an autobiography, certificates, genealogy, and histories concerning her life, education, and social and political interests. Concludes with family mementos, certificates, poetry, newsclippings, photographs, and correspondence.


  • circa 1881-1964


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing 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.

Biographical History

David R. Wheelwright (1876-1964) was the father of Lorin F. Wheelwright and spent many years in the construction industry in Utah.

David Reuben Wheelwright was born August 26, 1876 in Hooper, Utah, to Matthew B. and Catherine Farrar Wheelwright. From 1902 to 1905 he served as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Scandinavian mission. He married Valborg Henrietta Louise Rasmussen on November 28, 1900 in the Salt Lake Temple. They had four sons: Russel Edwin, David Sterling, Lorin Farrar, and Max. He worked as a general manager in the Wheelwright Brothers Store from 1896 to 1901. From 1905 to 1937 he was a contractor for the Wheelwright Construction Company. He was a builder and manager from 1937 to 1964, and an adviser and financial investor from 1946 to 1956. He was also a lithographer. He died August 11, 1964.

Biographical History

Valborg Rasmussen Wheelwright (1875-1957) was the mother of Lorin F. Wheelwright and spent many years serving in her church and community in Utah.

Valborg Henrietta Louise Rasmussen Wheelwright was born June 3, 1875 in Copenhagen, Denmark to William Godfred Matinus and Henriette Louise Lever Rasmussen. She immigrated to the United States in 1888 with Elder Hansen, the missionary who taught and baptized her into The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She lived with Elder Hansen and his family for a few years in Utah before her mother joined her. The two of them found their own place in the Salt Lake area, and there she worked numerous jobs. On November 28, 1900 she married David R. Wheelwright in the Salt Lake Temple. They had had four sons: Russell Edwin, David Sterling, Lorin Farrar, and Max. For three months in 1905 she served with her husband as a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Danish mission. She graduated as the oldest member of her class from the University of Utah on June 5, 1934 with a bachelor degree in social science. She died May 6, 1957.

Biographical / Historical

The Wheelwrights were a Mormon family in Utah. David R. Wheelwright (1876-1964) was a contractor and businessman in Salt Lake City, and engaged in lithography. His son, Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987) was a music educator, composer, and musician who worked in New York and Utah. He established the music publishing firm Wheelwright Lithographing Company.


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