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Wheelwright, Lorin Farrar, 1909-1987



  • Existence: 1909 - 1987

Biographical History

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright (1909-1987) was an 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.

Author's An experimental study of the perceptibility and spacing of music symbols

FamilySearch, via WWW, May 25, 2010: (Lorin Farrar Wheelwright; b. Dec. 20, 1909; d. Nov. 4, 1987)

Wikipedia, Dec. 2, 2011: Lorin F. Wheelwright page (American Latter-day Saint hymnwriter, composer, musical instructor, and educator; son of David S. and Valborg Rasmussen; studied under Edward P. Kimball and Alexander Schreiner; studied at Columbia University and Juilliard School of Music; master's degree from University of Chicago; Ph.D. from Columbia University; head of music education for Salt Lake Public Schools; taught music at Oswego Teachers College; professor at Branch Agricultural College; owned publishing company; member of the Sunday School General Board, 1956-1971; associate editor of The Instructor; dean of the BYU College of Fine Arts and Communications, 1967-1973; started the Mormon Arts Festival in 1969; wrote hymns appearing in LDS hymnbook)

Brigham Young University, 1975: v. 3 p. 80-81 (Lorin F. Wheelwright; taught briefly at BYU in 1937; successful publisher; professional organist and pianist in New York City, N.Y.; head of Coordinating Counci of Higher Education of the State of Utah; manager of the arts division of the Utah Centennial Commission, 1946-1947; head of Wheelwright Lithographing Company; reorganized the Daily Universe as a laboratory newspaper; production of college-oriented recordings for Church-wide distribution; addition of faculty members; modified curriculum to focus on professional preparation; served on centennial celebration committee), Dec. 2, 2011 (b. in Ogden, Utah; m. Apr. 23, 1933 in St. George, Utah to Ila Eugenia Spilsbury; d. in Provo, Utah; four children)

Found in 38 Collections and/or Records:

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean administrative records, 1960-1973

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 567 Series 3
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative files created under deans Wheelwright and Woodbury, including correspondence and memorandums, meeting minutes, reports, financial information, news clippings, and other materials.

Dates: 1960-1973

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean correspondence, 1952-1958

 Series — Box 1a: Series 1 [Barcode: 31197231241743]
Identifier: UA 567 Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains general correspondence from the dean's office under Gerrit de Jong, as well as communication with just Mahonri Young.

Dates: 1952-1958

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean correspondence, 1963-1993

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 1056 Series 3 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains correspondence received by the Dean's Office between 1982 and 1993 and includes the correspondence of Clawson Cannon, Lorin Wheelwright, memos to faculty, correspondence regarding the physical plant, and general correspondence. Materials date from between 1963 and 1993.

Dates: 1963-1993

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean office files, 1925-1970

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 567 Series 2
Scope and Contents Consists of chronological outgoing correspondence, general correspondence, Activities Center, administrative correspondence, Alumni Association, American Week, Art Department, ASBYU, Associated Western Universities, attendance comparison, audio-visual information, Bishop and Stake Presidents Day, Broadcast Services, Brochures for College, campus unrest, Chimes Information, Christmas Songfest, Continuing Education, Communications Department, class information, Covenant in Gold, Dean's...
Dates: 1925-1970

College of Fine Arts and Communications dean records

Identifier: UA 567
Scope and Contents

Contains files and correspondence of the administration of the College of Fine Arts and Communications. Includes records of the Mormon Arts Festival, Banyan, Daily Universe, and other facets of the College. Materials date from between 1925 and 1975.

Dates: 1925-1975; Majority of material found within 1952-1975

College of Fine Arts and Communications miscellaneous files, 1966-1974

 Sub-Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4 Sub-Series 4
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative budget files, including faculty and other salary lists, memorandums, correspondence, budget allocations, letters of appointement, interview notes, staff recruitment, purchases and expenditures, and graphs.

Dates: 1966-1974

College of Fine Arts and Communications salary records, 1959-1971

 Sub-Series — Box 34: Series 4 [Barcode: 31197231242550], Folder: 1-13
Identifier: UA 567 Series 4 Sub-Series 1
Scope and Contents

Contains administrative files, including correspondence and memorandums, budgets, faculty salary lists, graduate student contracts, and summaries, by department.

Dates: 1959-1971

Information concerning Paul Harvey's visit to Brigham Young University

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328699]
Identifier: MSS SC 2941
Scope and Contents

Incudes transcript of Paul Harvey radio broadcast, 8 December 1967; Lorin F. Wheelwright report on "American Week Spectacular," a patriotic program in which Harvey participated on 7 December 1967; and related news clippings.

Dates: 1967; 1967

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright administrative papers, circa 1957-1976

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3164 Series 7
Scope and Contents Contains primarily papers related to Wheelwright's career as Brigham Young University (BYU) dean of fine arts in Provo, Utah, circa 1957-1976. This includes correspondences, Board of Student publications, professional activities, and the BYU Centennial. The correspondences contained general letters and letters to other Deans of the BYU faculty. The Board of Student Publications mainly consisted of the publications of the Daily Universe, a BYU publication. The professional activities papers...
Dates: circa 1957-1976

Lorin Farrar Wheelwright civic papers, circa 1936-1969

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 3164 Series 4
Scope and Contents Contains Wheelwright's civic papers, circa 1936-1969. His papers deal with his civic leadership, KSL radio broadcasts, the Utah Legislative Council, and the Coordinating Council of Higher Education. Under his civic leadership are his interactions with the Utah Centennial and music in the community. His KSL radio broadcasts contain his scripts with the music played in each broadcast. The Utah Legislative Council contains correspondences, reports, and bulletins of the council's activities. The...
Dates: circa 1936-1969

Additional filters:

Archival Object 32
Collection 6
Education 25
Colleges and Universities 24
Letters 20
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 16
Provo (Utah) -- Centennial celebrations, etc 14