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John N. Weston, John Henry Weston, and Brad Weston collection

 Collection — Folder: 7
Identifier: MSS 8213

Scope and Contents

This collection includes photographs taken by Weston family members. It includes 43 photographs taken between 1896 and 1977 pertaining to the railroad in Milford, Utah. There are also 7 photographs of a Utah Army Air Corps Air Show in Lyndall, Utah in 1931. There is also a collection of booklets and pamphlets that were given by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (LDS Church) to youth during the 1950s.


  • approximately 1896-1977


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 John N. Weston, John Henry Weston, and Brad Weston collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Henry Weston (1887-1969) was a Union Pacific Railroad foreman and amateur photographer from Utah.

John Henry Weston was born July 31, 1887 and raised in Moroni, Utah. As a teenager, he moved to Bingham, Utah to begin training as a railroad steam engine mechanic. He spent a short time in Lyndall, Utah, eventually moving to Milford, Utah around 1908 where he became the Union Pacific Railroad "Roundhouse" foreman for the remainder of his life. Milford was the halfway point for the Union Pacific Railroad main track line to Las Vegas and California. The crew changed here, so the town became a railroad hub. He was in charge of railroad engine maintenance and repair for over 40 years. He married Metta Schow on October 2, 1912 in Salt Lake City, Utah. Photography was always a major interest to him. There are hundreds of photographs documenting family, community, and events beginning in the early 1900s and continuing throughout his life. As photo equipment improved, so did the quality of his photos. He died December 25, 1969.

Biographical History

John N. Weston (1916-1998) was a Union Pacific Railroad Engineer and amateur photographer from Utah.

John N. (Jack) Weston was born July 8, 1916 to John Henry and Metta Weston. He was raised primarily in Milford, Utah, with a few years spent in Cedar City. He attended college at the Branch Agricultural College (BAC), now known as Southern Utah University. He married Wilma Knell Spetember 1, 1939. He worked as a Union Pacific Railroad Engineer for 44 years, but took photographs as a hobby for his whole life. He died July 31, 1998.

Biographical History

Brad Weston (1943- ) is an amateur photographer from Utah.

J. Brad Weston was born November 26, 1943 to John N. and Wilma Nelson. He was raised in Milford, Utah. He attended Brigham Young University from 1962-1968, receiving B.S. and M.S. degrees in Zoology. He was drafted to serve in the Vietnam War from 1969-1970. Upon returning from the war, he worked in Utah for 39 years for Berlex Laboratories pharmaceutical companies whose corporate headquarters are based in Germany. He and his wife, Linda, raised four children and continue the family devotion to photography.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

1 box ((0.5 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



Collection is arranged into three series. 1. John Henry Weston and John N. Weston photographs of the railroad in Milford, Utah, 1896-1977. 2. John Henry Weston photographs of Army Air Corps show in Lyndall, Utah, 1931. 3. John N. Weston and Brad Weston collection of LDS Church pamphlets for youth, 1947-1959.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

This collection was donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Linda Weston, wife of Brad Weston.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Linda Weston; 2012.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Separated Materials

Three pamphlets were transferred from this collection to 20th and 21st Century Western and Mormon Americana. They are: A Friendly Discussion by Ben E. Rich, The Symbolism of the Rose, and Laurel Crest.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.

Register of John N. Weston, John Henry Weston, and Brad Weston collection
Anne Ashton
2013 June 12
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.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States