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Walter M. Wolfe collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 366

Scope and Contents

Includes detailed journals, 1900-1901; copies of numerous articles by him, 1887-1905; and biographical information. Journals were recorded during the Brigham Young Academy South American Expedition. Collection includes transcriptions of the journals. Wolfe's articles appeared in Forest and Stream, Juvenile Instructor, Young Woman's Journal, Millennial Star, and in periodicals published by Brigham Young Academy and others. Articles relate to wildlife recreation (especially in Nebraska and Utah), the South American Expedition, Mexico, Guatemala, The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and other topics.


  • approximately 1887-1983


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted. Permission to use original materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services. Patrons should use microfilm copy.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Walter M. Wolfe collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Born in New York City, March 28, 1859. Convert to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1890. Teacher at Brigham Young Academy (Provo, Utah), 1894-1902; member of the academy's South American expedition led by Benjamin Cluff, 1900-1901. Missionary in England, 1902-1904, where he was an associate editor of the Millennial Star in 1904. Professor of geology and theology at Brigham Young College (Logan, Utah), 1904-1906. Severed his ties with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 1906. Subsequently resided in Parkville, Missouri, where he died, March 23, 1932.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Walter M. Wolfe journals and other papers, 1900-1901. 2. Walter M. Wolfe articles, 1887-1905. 3. Walter M. Wolfe biographical information, 1892-approximately 1983.

Other Finding Aids

A more detailed finding aid is available in print in the repository.

Custodial History

Journals were in possession of E. Winslow Wolfe, a nephew of Walter M. Wolfe. In 1973 Barbara and Weldon Daines, of Salt Lake City, notified BYU about the journals after becoming aware of their existence during a visit with Wolfe relatives in Michigan. Arthur C. Wolfe mailed the original journals, with a transcription thereof, to retired BYU president Ernest L. Wilkinson in 1974. Subsequent transcriptions were made by BYU. Photocopies of articles by Walter M. Wolfe were gathered by members of the Wolfe family and by Herb Frost, a volunteer in Archives and Manuscripts at BYU, and were added to the collection during the 1970s and 1980s.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Arthur C. Wolfe; 1974.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Wolfe family and Herb Frost; 1970s and 1980s.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Existence and Location of Copies

The collection has been microfilmed, and occupies 3 reels. Call numbers for these materials are SCM 001 351-353. For a guide to the microfilm contents, see the in-print copy of the finding aid in the Special Collections Reference area.

Processing Information


Register of Walter M. Wolfe collection
Brian D. Reeves, University Archivist
2001 March
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Revision Statements

  • 2005 March: Finding aid revision description not supplied.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US