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Lorin Farrar Wheelwright musical career papers, circa 1936-1963

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3164 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains Wheelwright's musical career in Oswego, New York, and Utah from circa 1936-1963. General correspondence 1939-1946, school correspondence 1942-1949, and business correspondence 1937-1952 are included. Wheelwright's musical career papers while in Oswego, New York, concern his personal music manual, lesson plans, and course aims. While working in Utah, Wheelwright's papers include class projects, school programs, contracts as supervisor of music 1937-1948, reports to the superintendent, MW bulletins dealing with music, personal music studies and tests, newsclippings, guides to musical activities for Kindgergarten-7th grade, and teacher's ratings and records. Included are writings of Emmett A. Betts on psychology and education.


  • circa 1936-1963


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Biographical History

From the Collection:

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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