Franklin H. Wyatt papers, 1894-1974  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Wyatt, Franklin H. (Franklin Horsecroft), 1862-1952
Franklin H. Wyatt papers
1894-1974 (inclusive)
2 boxes, (.5 linear ft. )
Collection Number
Chronicles the missionary labors of F. H. Wyatt and consists of diaries, correspondence, family histories, and notes collected on the Wyatt family for Jeannie Banks Thomas's master thesis, Honoring the Farm: Identity and Meaning in Personal Narratives, completed in 1987.
Utah State University, Merrill-Cazier Library, Special Collections and Archives Division
Special Collections & Archives
Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
Logan, UT
Telephone: 435-797-8248
Fax: 435-797-2880
Access Restrictions

Open to public research.

Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Franklin Horsecroft Wyatt was born on December 18, 1862 in Wellsville, Utah. Growing up in the frontier setting of Wellsville, Wyatt obtained only an eight-grade education. As a youth Wyatt grew up working on the family farm, and as a teenager working for a freighting company hauling goods between Idaho and Montana. On April 29, 1885, Wyatt married Elisabeth (Lizzie) Watson Archibald in the Logan Temple. After building a house near the family farm, the couple had a 13 children, with only seven living to maturity; Frank, Robert (Bob), Ralph, Caroline, Elizabeth, Edna, and Elsie.

In 1902, Wyatt was called to serve a two-and-half-year mission on the British Isles for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. During this period Wyatt served as president of the Shefield Conference, working in collaboration with numerous apostles in the LDS church. Upon returning to Wellsville in 1904, Wyatt worked his farm until 1924, when he sold the farm and bought a house in downtown Wellsville. Thereafter he became active in civic affairs, serving on the School Board of the Rural School Distinct and the East Field Irrigation Company Board of Directors.

In 1927 Wyatt was again called by the LDS church to serve as the District President of the Fresno California Mission, and served in this capacity for a total of 16 months. Upon returning he continued his work until December 31, 1940, when his wife Elizabeth died. Thereafter Wyatt spent summers in Wellsville and his winters in southern California, staying with his daughters Carol and Elizabeth. Franklin H. Wyatt died a the age of 89 on August 30, 1952.

Sources and additional studies:

History of Franklin Horsecroft Wyatt by Elizabeth Wyatt Winn. 1969. (Collection Mss 113, Box 1, Fd 1)

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This two-box collection chronicles the missionary labors of F. H. Wyatt and consists of diaries, correspondence, family histories, and notes collected on the Wyatt family for a masters thesis by Jeannie Banks Thomas.

Box 1 consists of Wyatt family histories and the F. H. Wyatt mission papers.

Box 2 consists of F. H. Wyatt mission diaries, mission correspondence albums, and the Archibald family temple records ledger.

To view the photos of F. H. Wyatt see "The Frank H. Wyatt Photograph Collection" (Collection PO 191).

For additional information on the Wyatt family see:

Thomas, Jeannie Banks, Honoring the Farm: Identity and Meaning in Personal Narratives, Utah State University Thesis, 1987. (Folk Collection 3, number 118)

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use


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Permission to publish material from the Franklin H. Wyatt papers must be obtained from the Special Collections Manuscript Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation

Franklin H. Wyatt papers, 1894-1974. (COLL MSS 113). Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives Department.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Wyatt family histories
1 2 Wyatt family histories
1 3 Wyatt family LDS genealogy group sheets
1 4 Wyatt family bulletins 1971-1974
1 5 Archibald family genealogical records
1 6 Notes from oral interviews with Elizabeth Wyatt Winn
1 7 Sketches and drawings of the Wyatt farm
1 8 Outgoing correspondence of F. H. Wyatt 1903
1 9 Incoming correspondence of F. H. Wyatt 1894-1928
1 10 Blessing and ordination of F. H. Wyatt as mission president 1902
1 11 "A brief history of my missionary labors," by F. H. Wyatt 1907
1 12 US government and LDS church certificates for F. H. Wyatt
1 13 Mission papers, miscellaneous
1 14 Incoming correspondence of Elizabeth Wyatt 1902-1912
2 Book 1: Postcard correspondence album
2 Book 2: Correspondence album, incoming and outgoing
2 Book 3: Diary of F. H. Wyatt 1902-1903
2 Book 4: Diary of F. H. Wyatt 1903-1923
2 Book 5: Diary of F. H. Wyatt 1927
2 Book 6: Archibald family temple records

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--Missions--British Isles.
  • Mormon Church--Missions--California--Fresno.
  • Mormon missionaries--British Isles.
  • Mormon missionaries--California--Fresno.
  • Personal Names :
  • Wyatt, Franklin H. (Franklin Horsecroft), 1862-1952--Correspondence.
  • Wyatt, Franklin H. (Franklin Horsecroft), 1862-1952--Diaries.
  • Family Names :
  • Wyatt family.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Wellsville (Utah)--History.