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West, Franklin L. (Franklin Lorenzo Richards), 1885-1966



  • Existence: 1885 - 1966

Biographical History

Franklin L. West (1885-1966) was a Latter-day Saint physics professor in Utah. He served as the Commissioner of Education for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Franklin L. West was born on February 1, 1885 in Ogden, Utah. He earned his B.S. from the Utah Agricultural College in 1904 and went on to earn his Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 1911. West became a physics professor at Utah Agricultural College and eventually became the dean of faculty there. From 1935 to 1937 West served as the second assistant in the general superintendency of the Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association. In 1936 West was called to be the Commissioner of Church Education for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served in that position until 1954. West died on October 21, 1966 in Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah.

The life and teachings of Jesus, 2006: t.p. (Franklin L. West)

OCLC, Dec. 1, 2006 (hdgs.: West, Franklin Lorenzo Richards, 1885-1966; West, Franklin L. (Franklin Lorenzo Richards), 1885-1966; usage: Franklin L. West)

Wikipedia website, viewed Jan. 17, 2013 (Franklin L. West; b. Feb. 1, 1885 in Ogden, Utah; d. Oct. 21, 1966; Utah Agricultural College, physics professor, 1904, dean of faculty; UC; 1935-1937, LDS Young Men's Mutual Improvement Association; 1936-1954, Commissioner of Church Education)

Find-a-Grave website, viewed Jan. 17, 2013 (Franklin L. West; b. Feb. 1, 1885 in Ogden, Utah; d. Oct. 21, 1966 in Cottonwood, Salt Lake County, Utah; spouse: Violet Marion Madson West (1891-1963))

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Harvey Fletcher correspondence relating to the naming of the Eyring Science Center

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233618518]
Identifier: UA 504
Scope and Contents

Includes guest lists, invitiations, program, and correspondence concerning the naming of the Science Center, lecture halls, and laboratories. Also includes correspondence from the family organizations representing Frederick Buss, Franklin West, Carl Eyring, John Widtsoe, Orson Pratt, Wayne B. Hales, and Charles E. Maw.

Dates: 1954

General Church Board of Education records

 Collection — Folder 3
Identifier: UA 536
Scope and Contents

Contains records, including tape transcripts of Franklin L. West's narrative of the "history of the department of education of the LDS Church," relating to Brigham Young University, LDS Business College, and the Juarez and Kelsey academies. Also includes correspondence on candidates for Brigham Young University president. Dated approximately 1936 to 1966.

Dates: approximately 1936-1966

Oral history interviews with Franklin L. West

 Collection — Carton 1: [Barcode: 31197233650933]
Identifier: MSS 8353
Scope and Contents

Contains the personal oral histories of West, recorded between 1950 and 1959 on twelve Mylar reels and eighteen audiocassettes. Includes details about his time with the Department of Education of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

Dates: 1950-1959

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Letters 2
Athletics 1
Audiocassettes 1