Richard Whitehead and Minerva Richards Young papers, 1876-1957

Overview of the Collection

Young, Richard W. (Richard Whitehead), 1858-1919
Richard Whitehead and Minerva Richards Young papers
1876-1957 (inclusive)
8.5 linear feet
Collection Number
MS 0104
The Richard Whitehead and Minerva Richards Young papers (1876-1957) consist mainly of the journals of Richard W. Young (1858-1919), Minerva Richards Young, and Richard W. Young, Jr. Correspondence and other miscellaneous papers are also included.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
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

Richard Whitehead Young was born in Salt Lake City, Utah, on 19 April 1858 to Joseph Angel and Margaret Whitehead Young. He attended the University of Utah from 1874 to 1877 and then West Point from 1878 to 1882. He then received his law degree from Columbia University in 1884. He served in various military capacities, including frontier duty at Fort Douglas, Utah, until he resigned from the army to practice law in 1889. He re-entered the military service during the Spanish-American War (1890s) and again during World War I. He returned to Salt Lake City to practice law in 1919 and died that same year of appendicitis.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Richard Whitehead and Minerva Richards Young papers (1876-1957) consist mainly of correspondence and the journals of Richard W. Young (1858-1919), Minerva Richards Young, and Richard W. Young, Jr. Two publications, testimonials, news articles, pamphlets, writings, notebooks, and other materials are also included. The correspondence includes letters between Wilford Woodruff, Heber J. Grant, John R. Park, John A. Widtsoe, and Richard W. and Minerva Young. The journals record information such as Brigham Young's last illness, married life, travels to foreign countries, and missionary experiences.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Boxes 1-7 were donated in 1972.

Boxes 8-9 were donated in an unknown year.

Separated Materials

Photographs were transferred to the Multimedia Division of Special Collections (P0104).

Processing Note

Processed by William Jones in 1976.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Richard W. Young materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
1 2-3
Includes two letters to Minerva Young, a copy of a letter to Wilford Woodruff, a letter from John R. Park, three letters between Young and Heber M. Wells, and military and miscellaneous correspondence.
1 4
Birthday tributes
Given by Young's children on the anniversary of his birthday.
1 5
Ordination certificate and resolution of respect
Regarding Young's service as president of the Ensign Stake.
1 6
Military papers
Testimonial, tributes, and personnel lists.
1 7
Legal and Tactical Considerations Affecting the Employment of the Military in the Suppression of Mobs, Including an Essay on Martial Law
1 8
Law in the Philippines
Pulications, pamphlets, correspondence, and general orders.
1900; 1906
1 9
Richard W. Young, "Is the Constitution of the United States Obsolete?"
Speech at University of Utah commencement.
1 10
Paul Williams, "Brief Historical Sketch of the 65th Field Artillery Brigade"
1 11
American Legion, Utah Branch, pamphlets
2 1-2
News articles
2 3
Brochures and pamphlets
2 4
Louis B. Murray thesis, The Life of Brigadier General Richard W. Young
Correspondence between Young family and Murray regarding this publication.
2 5-6
Thesis correspondence and notes

Minerva Richards Young materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
3 1
3 2
3 3-4
Journal, "My Trip Abroad"
About trip to Mediterranean and western Europe. Copies and notes are in folder 4.
3 5
"My Trip to Manila"
Two typed copies. A letter is also included.
3 6
"A Trip to Bermuda"
3 7
"Memories of Early Dramas"
3 8-9
Miscellaneous letters including one to General Douglas MacArthur, two from Heber J. Grant, and one from John A. Widtsoe.
3 10
Untitled portions of manuscripts and notes
3 11
Tributes to Minerva Young
3 12-13
Funeral services
Tributes, etc. for Lucian A. Ray, Adam S. Bennion, Samuel D. Thurman, Emma Adams Empey, and Alice Dinwoody Moyle.
3 14
Miscellaneous publications

Richard W. Young Jr. materialsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Missionary journals
These are copies of the originals. Some miscellaneous correspondence is also included.
Missionary journals
Discourses of Brigham Young
Discourses of Brigham Young
Container(s) Description Dates
Richard W. Young scrapbooks
Mostly containing news clippings, the scrapbooks cover subjects such as polygamy, the Manifesto, West Point Academy, the Spanish-American War, World War I, Young's death, and Minerva Young. Some photographs and other papers are also included in scrapbook five.
General materials
Box Volume
9 1
Missionary appointment book
9 2
Minerva R. Young, notebook
9 3
Quote book
9 4
9 5
Minerva R. Young, autograph book
9 6
Minerva R. Young, passport
9 7
Richard W. Young, autograph book
9 8
Quote book
9 9
Quote book
9 10
Minerva R. Young, estate account book
9 1
9 2
Richard W. Young Death and "A Heavenly Manifestation"
9 3
University of Utah departure speech and article
9 4
Correspondence, theses, and writings
9 5
Article drafts, correspondence, and journal typescript
9 6
Journals, Brighton log, and Minerva Young autobiography

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Polygamy
  • Spanish-American War, 1898--Personal narratives, American

Personal Names

  • Young, Brigham, 1801-1877
  • Young, Minerva Richards, 1862-1958

Corporate Names

  • American Legion
  • United States Military Academy