William John Silver papers, 1874-2001  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Silver, William John, 1832-1918
William John Silver papers
1874-2001 (inclusive)
1 box, (0.25 linear feet)
Collection Number
The William John Silver papers consist of Silver's biography as well some ephemeral newspaper clippings and advertisement cards.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this Collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

William John Silver (1832-1918) was born in London, England and is best known for his influence in Salt Lake City, Utah as the frontrunner for the Silver Brother Iron Works (also known as Salt Lake Iron and Steel Company). Silver is also known to have built the first steam engine and the fence around Brigham Young's grave.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The William John Silver papers consist of the biographical book of William John Silver as well as some excerpts of the Silver family. Included in the collection are some ephemeral materials that include business cards, some collected newspaper clippings and a book containing marginalia written by Silver.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the William John Silver papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator.

Preferred Citation

Initial Citation: William John Silver papers, Accn 2870, Box [ ]. Special Collections and Archives. University of Utah, J. Willard Marriott. Salt Lake City, Utah.

Following Citations: Accn 2870.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Biographical book and ephemera 1874-2001
1 2 Carl George de Laval, Centrifugal Pumping Machinery
This book contains marginalia written by Silver.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Iron-works--Utah--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Silver, William John, 1832-1918--Archives
  • Corporate Names :
  • Salt Lake Iron and Steel Company
  • Silver Brothers Iron Works