W. Franklin Richards papers
Scope and Contents note
Collection contains the personal and professional papers of W. Franklin Richards. These papers include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, poems, plays, magazine articles, reports, correspondence, architectural drawings, and various other papers.
- circa 1918-1972
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 W. Franklin Richards papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
William Franklin Richards (1907-1972) was the director of the water and parks departments of Ogden.
William Franklin Richards was born 4 April 1907 to Charles Ernest Richards and Eliza Permila West in Salt Lake City, Utah. Before Richards was a year old his family moved to Ogden where he would live most of his life. He graduated from high school in Ogden and then attended the University of Southern California where he received his bachelor’s in architecture in 1929. He also took business administration classes at Weber College.
During the depression, Richards worked for the US Department of Interior in the Bureau of Reclamation. He quit the bureau and became the head at Ogden’s water department in 1948. He would later become the director of both the water and parks departments for the city.
Richards married Eva Shreeve on 26 October 1934 and together they had four children: Lynnette, Stephen, Jurai, and David. Richards died July 1976.
4 cartons (4 linear ft.)
Language of Materials
This collection contains the personal and professional papers of W. Franklin Richards. These papers include newspaper clippings, pamphlets, programs, postcards, poems, plays, magazine articles, reports, business cards, sketches, correspondence, architectural drawings, and various other papers, dated circa 1918-1972.
Custodial History note
Donated by Stephen S. Richards in 1977.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Donated; Stephen S. Richards; 1977.
Utah and American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western & Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy, 5.VII, 2007).
Separated Materials note
Five boxes of books and periodicals were separated from these materials and placed in the BYU library periodicals section.
Processing Information note
Processed; Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator; 2008.
- American drama
- American poetry
- Architectural drawings
- Clippings (Books, newspapers, etc.)
- Ogden (Utah)
- Politics, Government, and Law
- Public Utilities -- Utah -- Ogden
- Research (Documents)
- Richards, W. Franklin (William Franklin), 1907-1976 -- Correspondence
- Social Life and Customs
- United States. Bureau of Reclamation
- United States. Department of the Interior
- Weber College -- Faculty
- Register of W. Franklin Richards papers
- Melissa Cowles, student processor and John Murphy, curator
- 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.