John Mills Whitaker photograph collection, 1880s-1920s

Overview of the Collection

Whitaker, John Mills, 1863-1960
John Mills Whitaker photograph collection
1880s-1920s (inclusive)
5 photographic prints
Collection Number
The John Mills Whitaker photograph collection contains photographs relating to John Mills Whitaker's life events.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John Mills Whitaker was born on 16 October 1863 in Centerville, Utah, to Thomas William Whitaker and Elizabeth Oakden Mills Whitaker. His youth was spent at Centerville and Ogden working with his father in farming and carpentry. He attended the University of Deseret during the 1880s and married Ida Taylor in 1886. He worked for the Salt Lake and Fort Douglas Railway and helped organize the Utah-Western Railway Company. Whitaker served in various capacities in the LDS Church, including several missions. He was a teacher and promoted the teaching of young people. He was responsible for the development of the LDS seminary system. John Mills Whitaker died on 2 April 1960.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The John Mills Whitaker collection contains portraits of Whitaker as the Second Counselor in the L.D.S. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) Eastern States Mission. The collection also contains a group portrait of the first graduating seminary class of Granite High School, circa 1920. Granite High School was the location of the first L.D.S. seminary program; John Whitaker was the principal. The John Mills Whitaker collection contains a total of five black and white photographs that are in good condition.

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


Collection is arranged chronologically.

Acquisition Information

Purchased from John Mills Whitaker, 1958. Additional gifts made by the family, 1969.

Processing Note

Processed by Mary Ann Curtis in 2004.

Separated Materials

Manuscript materials were transferred to the John Mills Whitaker papers (MS 0002).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Events and personal
  • Photograph number 1: John M. Whitaker, 1889.
  • Photograph number 2: The Presidency of the Eastern States Mission. President William H. Stuart, First Counselor Edward H. Snow, and Second Counselor John M. Whitaker. 1888-1889
  • Photograph number 3: John M. Whitaker when he received a degree from the University of Utah in 1919
  • Photograph number 4: Graduating Seminary class of Granite High School, 1920s. John M. Whitaker, President and founder of the Seminary, is seated in the front row.
  • Photograph number 5: "Souvenir Santorini" from Greece.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Latter Day Saint missionaries--Photographs
  • Latter Day Saints--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Whitaker, John Mills, 1863-1960--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • Granite High School (South Salt Lake, Utah)--Students--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs