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Ruth S. and H. F. Silver papers

Identifier: MSS 8817

Scope and Contents

Collection contains letters, ephemera, notes, journals, scrapbooks, photographs, negatives, and writings from Ruth Stanlie Smith Silver and Harold F. Silver's lives. The materials were created while Ruth and Harold lived in Hawaii, Utah, and Colorado. Contains materials related to Ruth's work in the Alumni Association of Brigham Young University, the BYU President's Roundtable, cards sent to her for her 60th birthday, and material related to her work with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints public relations in Colorado. Dated approximately 1930 to 2014, with the bulk of the materials dated between approximately 1950 to 2014.


  • approximately 1930-2014
  • Majority of material found within approximately 1950-2014


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Series 1; subseries 1, 2, and 3 may not be digitized.

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

Ruth Stanlie Smith Silver was born on November 1, 1930 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Joseph F. and Ruth Pingree Smith. Ruth was the first child of seven: Ida Smith, Lynne Smith Partridge, Raoul P. Smith, Denis P. Smith, Hyrum W. Smith, and Pauline Smith Jensen. Ruth attended Davis High School, but moved to Hawaii at the age of 16 where she graduated from Punahou School in 1948. She attended college at the University of Utah and the University of Hawaii and graduated with a bachelor's degree in speech commnication in 1952. While in college, Ruth was active in the Chi Omega soroity. Ruth continued her education and earned a master's degree in speech communication at the University of Hawaii. After gaining an education, Ruth served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints to England in 1955. Upon returning from her mission, Ruth began teaching speech communications at the Church College of Hawaii from 1957 to 1960. She moved on to teach at Brigham Young University from 1961 to 1964. In 1964, Ruth met Harold F. Silver while on a trip back to England. They married in 1964 in the Hawaii Temple. After the marriage, the couple moved back to Denver, Colorado, where they lived for the next fifty years. While in Colorado, Ruth taught at the Colorado Women's College and served on various educational nd cultural boards including the Civic Center Conservancy, Colorado Ballet, the Denver Center Theatre, and the Denver Symphony. In 1984, Harold F. Silver passed away.

In 2014, Ruth moved from Denver, Colorado to Utah to be near family. She became ill and passed away on July 17, 2015. Ruth is buried at Fairmount Hampden Cemetery in Denver, Colorado.

Biographical History

Harold F. Silver was born on March 15, 1901 to Joseph A. and Elizabeth Farnes Silver in Salt Lake City, Utah. He attended college at Columbia University, Brigham Young University, and University of Utah. In 1934, Silver founded the Silver-Roberts Iron Works Company. The name changed in 1940 to Silver Engineering Works after Harold bought out his partner. Silver was an inventor and invented the non-flammable dry cleaning process, sugar beet piling equipment, and the continuous mining machine. He also founded the Silver Steel Co. On February 20, 1929, Silver married Madelyn Stewart, and together they had four children: Brian Q., Barnard S., Elizabeth, and Judith. Madelyn passed away on September 26, 1961. In 1964, Silver met and married Ruth Stanlie Smith. He passed away on September 13, 1984 in Denver, Colorado.


14 cartons (14 linear ft.)

6 oversize boxes (4.55 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in two series: 1. Ruth Silver papers, 1939-2014. 2. Harold F. Silver papers, 1939-2000.

Custodial History

Donated by Ruth Silver via Jenifer Jacobsen in 1996. Donated by J. David Jensen, Trustee and Executor for and on behalf of the estate of Ruth S. Silver, in 2015. Donated by Pauline S. Jensen in 2016.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ruth Silver, 1996 May.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. David Jensen; December 2015.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Pauline S. Jensen; March 2016.


20th and 21st Century local, regional, Utah, Western, and LDS history (20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana collection department policy, May 2013.)

Processing Information

Processed; Corinne Bird; 2016.

Processed; Sadie Julian; 2017.

Processed; Chelsea McNeil; 2021.

  • Correspondence, ephemera and other documents pertaining to Ruth Silver's work with non-profit organizations in Colorado. Greeting cards from corporations or with no contextual correspondence attached.
Register of Ruth S. and H. F. Silver papers
Corinne Bird
2016 February 25
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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