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Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward papers

Identifier: MSS 5992

Scope and Contents

Materials include family letters, photographs, and ephemera dealing with family matters, business, and mining activities in Utah and Nevada. Dated 1909-1912.


  • 1909-1912


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 publish material from Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward family letters, photographs, and ephemera must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Benjamin Franklin Woodward (1860-1939) was a miner in the Utah and Nevada mining districts.

Benjamin Franklin Woodward was born on September 7, 1860 in Spanish Fork, Utah, to James Woodward and Nancy McCurdy Koyle Woodward. He married Carolina Elmira Hales on January 10, 1883 in Spanish Fork, Utah. As a young man, he drove freight wagons between Utah and New Mexico, and later worked as a mason. He also built railroad culverts for the Denver and Rio Grande Western Railroad on the Tintic Mining District and Sanpete Valley lines.

Beginning in the 1890s, Woodward and his son, Benjamin Spencer Woodward, worked as miners in the Marysville, Tintic, and Nevada mining districts. A friend of John H. Koyle, the founder of the Relief Mine, Woodward both promoted and worked in the Relief Mine, and supported Koyle in his activities. Benjamin Woodward and Caroline Elmira Hales had eleven children: Nancy Mae Woodward, Milton Hales Woodward, Caroline Elmira Woodward, Georgia Woodward, Nancy Mae Woodward, Benjamin Spencer Woodward, Frank Leslie Woodward, Franklin Burton Woodward, Grant Gordon Woodward, Charles Sanford Woodward, and Ida Frances Woodward. Benjamin Woodward died February 16, 1939, in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

Benjamin Spencer Woodward (1889-1935) was a mining manager for the Nevada mining disctricts.

Benjamin Spencer Woodward was born on June 13, 1899 in Glendale, Montana to Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Carolina Elmina Hales. Woodward worked in the Tintic mining district in Utah alongside his father. He later became the manager of the Spruce Mountain and Black Forest mining properties at Spruce Mountain, Nevada. Woodward also participated in the Koyle Relief Mine activites with his father and his father's friend, John H. Koyle.

Woodward married Annie Lewis Woodward on June 31, 1910. They had six children: Herbert Woodward, Max Woodward, Mary Woodward, Leora Woodward, Jane Woodward, and Reta Woodward. Benjamin Spencer Woodward died on June 25, 1935.


5 folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged into three series: 1. Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward family and business letters, 1909-1912. 2. Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward photographs, approximately 1909-1912. 3. Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward ephemera, 1910-1912.

Custodial History

Custodial history unknown.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Immediate source of acquisition unknown.


Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).


Located in Box 531.

Processing Information

Processed; Sarah Flinders; May 2014.

Register of Benjamin Franklin Woodward and Benjamin Spencer Woodward papers
Sarah Flinders
2014 May 19
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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