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Charles W. Penrose papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 680

Scope and Contents

Collection includes a photo of Penrose's home in Farmington, Utah; handwritten and typed poetry by Charles W. Penrose, generally on spiritual topics (but including a sweet acrostic for his wife Lucetta, with transcription); letters written by Charles to William S. Paine (about Moses Thatcher), Cassie Donahoo, and daughter Lucile; printed pamphlets written by Penrose and others on Gospel topics (basic Church doctrine, the plan of salvation, the Second Coming of Christ, the priesthood and Church leadership, apostasy, the gift of the Holy Ghost, repentance and baptism, revelation, etc.); issues of the Utah Genealogical and Historical Magazine (with article about Penrose) and Liahona (with address by Elder Stephen L. Richards and testimony of President Penrose); and newspaper clippings related to Charles W. Penrose. Materials dated 1861 to 1966.


  • 1861-1966


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Charles W. Penrose was born February 4, 1832, in London England. In 1861, he emigrated to Utah and settled in Ogden, Utah. He later became an editor of the Deseret News in Salt Lake City and professor of theology at Brigham Young Academy. Penrose became an Apostle in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1904, serving as second counselor to President Joseph F. Smith in 1911, and second counselor to President Heber J. Grant in 1921. Penrose died May 19, 1925.


4 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Donated by Elizabeth Sokoloff in 1975 and 1978. Additional materials donated by Carolyn Jacobson in August 2019.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elizabeth Sokoloff; 1975 and 1978.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Carolyn Jacobson; 2019.


LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission, and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts collection development policy IV.a.i.1, November 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Morgan Crockett; July 2014.

Processing Information

Processed; Amanda Crandall; August 2023. Addition of folder 3-4.

Register of Charles W. Penrose papers
Under Revision
Morgan Crockett
2010 July 14
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