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Philip Margetts photographs relating to the Salt Lake Theatre

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 240

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 45 photographs (including platinum, gelatin silver, and albumen prints), three tintypes, and two safety film copy negatives with images of the Salt Lake Theatre, early Utah actors, friends, and the Margetts family. Photographs were taken by Phillip Margetts. Photographs were taken between the 1860s and the 1910s.


  • approximately 1860-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folders 1-3: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 4: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice. Tintypes in boxes 5-6: Condition restricted; permission to use items 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 this collection must be otained from Referebce Servuces at

Biographical / Historical

Phillip Margetts was born February 10, 1829 in Kineton, England to Thomas Margetts and Alice Aston Bishop Margetts. In about 1840, the family heard about the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from missionaries. They were baptized soon thereafter. Phillip worked as a locomotive engineer for the London and North Western Railway until, in January 1850, he and his family (excepting his father, who died in 1842) immigrated to Salt Lake City, Utah. In Salt Lake, he met and married Elizabeth Bateman on November 5, 1850; they would go on to have 14 children. He worked as a blacksmith. He was also an active figure in Utah theater--he was in some of the first productions at the Old Bowery in 1851 and at the opening of the Salt Lake Theatre in 1862. He remained involved in the Utah theatrical scene, including a time as the manager of the Salt Lake Theatre. Phillip Margetts died September 1, 1914.


4 folders (0.13 linear ft.)

2 boxes (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to the repository by Ralph Margetts in 1982.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Ralph Margetts; 1982.


Photographs (Photograph Archive).


Prints from negatives. Provo, UT : Brigham Young University, 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Philip Margetts photographs relating to the Salt Lake Theatre
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 23
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