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Lorymore Free papers

Identifier: MSS 6687

Scope and Contents

Contains professional and personal papers of Free, including articles, newspaper clippings, letters, photographs, reports, meeting minutes, maps, legal agreements, certificates, , and other papers. Materials primarily deal with his work as a geologist and prospector in the Western United States. His personal papers focus around his studies at Brigham Young University, including notebooks, assignments, and textbooks from his courses. Also includes documents related to his family. Many materials discuss his work for Beneficial Life. Dated circa 1925-1993.


  • approximately 1925-1993


Conditions Governing Access

Donor restricted until 2032; permission to use materials must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Lorymore Free (1916-2006) was a prospector and geologist in Nevada and Utah.

Lorymore Free was born August 11, 1916, in Newhouse, Utah, to Wenlock Ammon and Rachel Dibley Wheeler Free. He was raised in Leadore, Idaho, and Pioche and Panaca, Nevada. He served in the Western States Mission and when he returned, married his high school sweetheart, Myrtle Joy Wadsworth, in the St. George Temple in 1940. He worked as a geologist and prospector, particularly in the mountains and valleys in Nevada and Utah. He also worked as a rancher and businessman and worked for Beneficial Life as an agent and manager. He was active in The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He served two missions with his wife, worked in the Provo Temple for many years, and served as the bishop of the Pleasant View 1st Ward. He died March 25, 2006.


11 cartons (11 linear ft.)

3 boxes (1.5 linear ft.)

2 half boxes (0.5 linear ft.)

6 oversize boxes (7 linear ft.)

4 oversize folders (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in three series: 1. Lorymore Free business papers, approximately 1939-1993. 2. Lorymore Free legal and personal papers, approximately 1925-1988. 3. Lorymore Free mining maps, 1955-1978.

Custodial History

Donated by Helen Free Vanderbeek Kerr in 2008.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Helen Free Vanderbeek Kerr; 2008.


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

Processing Information

Processed; Melissa Cowles, Elizabeth Ballif and GlendaLynn Ainsworth, student processors, and John Murphy, curator; 2008.

Addition processed; Kelsey Samuelsen, sutdent processor, and John Murphy, curator; 2012.

Materials added and finding aid updated; Margaret Weddle, student manuscript processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2014.

Register of Lorymore Free papers
Melissa Cowles, student processor, and John Murphy, curator
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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