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Penrose family papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 6068

Scope and Contents note

Contains mostly correspondence, much of which is to Ruth M. Penrose (wife of Frank W. Penrose). The collection also includes a warranty deed, photo negative (no label), newspaper clippings, and patriarchal blessing of Frank William Penrose, 1896-1938.


  • 1896-1938


Conditions Governing Access note

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

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

Biography History

The Penrose family consists of Charles W. Penrose and his wife Louise Elizabeth Lusty and their ten children, including Frank W. Penrose.

Charles W. (William) Penrose was born 4 February 1832 in London, England. He joined The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in England in 1850. He married Lucetta Stratford and had three children. He later married Louise Elizabeth Lusty in 1963 in Salt Lake City and had 10 children with her. He served multiple missions in England for the Church and immigrated to Utah in 1861. He became an editor of the Deseret News and also wrote many LDS hymns. He became an apostle of the Church in 1904 and served in the First Presidency under Joseph F. Smith and Heber J. Grant from 1911 under until his death, on May 16, 1925.

Frank W. (William) Penrose was born 25 January 1876 in Ogden, Utah, to Charles W. Penrose and Louise Elizabeth Lusty. He married Ruth McQuarrie on 14 June 1904 in St. George, Utah. He died 9 January 1949 in Salt Lake City.

Eva Lena Penrose was born 20 March 1897 in Salt Lake City to Ernest S. and Maria Pace Penrose. She was also the granddaughter of President Charles W. Penrose of the First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. She was a stenographer for the public utilities commission from 1921-1931. She died February 1964 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Contains corrspondence, warranty deed, newspaper clippings, patriarchal blessing, and photograph negative of the Penrose family.

Custodial History note

Purchased from Peter Crawley in 1987.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased; Peter Crawley; 1987.

Appraisal note

19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts.

Separated Materials note

Separated in 2008 from other materials purchaed from Peter Crawley in 1987.

Processing Information note

Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Register of Penrose family papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
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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