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Drafting tools set of Brigham Young

 Item — Object: 1
Identifier: MSS 9388

Scope and Contents

This collection is an English drafting tools set that was originally owned and used by Brigham Young to design the streets and building plans for Salt Lake City, Utah. The set was also used by Oliver I. Lay for the creation of a studio commissioned by his father-in-law, Mahonri Mackintosh Young, to create the This is the Place Monument. Materials dated approximately 1847-1877.


  • approximately 1847-1877


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Brigham Young was born on June 1, 1801 in Witingham, Vermont. He joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1832, and moved to Kirtland, Ohio. He followed the migration of the Church from Ohio to Missouri to Nauvoo, Illinois. In February 1846 he led the Mormon exodus to the West and was sustained as the second president of the Church on December 27, 1847. Arriving in Utah he settled in Salt Lake City, and in 1849 was appointed as governor of Utah Territory. Young passed away on August 29, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Mahonri Mackintosh Young was born on August 9, 1877 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Mahonri Moriancumer Young and Agnes Mackintosh. He was a grandson of Brigham Young. He developed a deep interest in art from an early age, and quit his formal schooling to pursue art studies. He studied at the Académie Julian in Paris from 1901-1905. Due to financial troubles, he returned to Salt Lake City. He married Cecilia Sharp in 1907. They subsequently moved to New York in 1910 to further Mahonri's career opportunities. Cecilia died of cancer 1917. Mahonri would later marry Dorothy Weir in 1931.

Though he ceased being active in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints when he was young, Mahonri maintained a relationship with the Church, and was commissioned several times to create sculptures for them. The most famous of these are the This is the Place Monument and Seagull Monument. Primary places of residence included Salt Lake City, Utah; New York City; Paris, France; and Branchville, Connecticut. After suffering an ulcer attack coupled with pneumonia, he died on November 2, 1957 in Norwalk, Connecticut.


1 object (79 pieces) : wood, metal, ivory, mother of pearl ; 47 x 28 x 14 cm

Language of Materials

No linguistic content; Not applicable

Custodial History

Mahonri Mackintosh Young, grandson of Brigham Young, received the drafting set earlier in his career from the Young family due to his artistic accomplishments. In the early 1930s, Oliver I. Lay was gifted the drafting kit from his father-in-law, Mahonri Mackintosh Young, to design a new studio specifically for the creation of the This is the Place Monument. Charles Mahonri Lay inherited the drafting set in 1979 from his father, Oliver I. Lay.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Charles Mahonri Lay; August 19, 2019.


Utah and Western American business and labor history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection developmental policy IV.a.i.6, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2024.

Register of Drafting tools set of Brigham Young
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Jamie Wiser
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States