Donna D. Beesley photograph collection, 1900-1999

Overview of the Collection

Beesley, Donna D. (Donna Deem)
Donna D. Beesley photograph collection
1900-1999 (inclusive)
14 items, (1 box)
Collection Number
This collection contains material related to Enos A. Wall (1839-1920), the Utah miner involved in the 1903 establishment of the Utah Copper Company, as well as images of the Wall and Jeff families and Wall's historic home on 411 East South Temple.
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

A partial biography of Enos A. Wall follows, written by Doris F. Salmon for the Utah History Encyclopedia:

Enos Andrew Wall was born in 1839 in North Carolina and reared in Indiana. He began his mining career at Pike's Peak, Colorado, in 1860. He soon moved on to Montana, where he and a fellow miner began freighting goods between Salt Lake City and the Montana gold fields. Later, he became involved in mining in Silver Reef in southwestern Utah. In 1879 he met with financial difficulties in Silver Reef and he fled the area, taking with him his Silver Reef sweetheart Mary Frances Mays. They stopped in Salt Lake City to be married and went north to Wood River, Idaho, where he continued his mining career. He invented several pieces of ore crushing machinery and was elected to the Idaho Territorial Legislature. Six daughters were born to the Walls.

The family returned to Utah in 1885 and Enos engaged in mining at Mercur and elsewhere. Wall first visited the Bingham Mining District in 1887 and immediately detected signs of copper. At once he stalked three claims, and by 1900 owned all or part of nineteen claims, covering an area of two hundred acres.

In his attempts to gain financial backing for development of these low-grade properties, he approached Joseph R. DeLamar. Sometime later DeLamar obtained an option on a portion of Wall's holdings and had tests made by Daniel C. Jackling, then a young metallurgical engineer. Many negotiations ensured during the next three years until the Utah Copper Company was incorporated in 1903.

It was Wall's copper properties that netted him his vast fortune, although that venture was probably the most unpleasant and frustrating in his fifty-year mining career. He eventually sold his holdings, receiving $2,700,000 on the New York market. In 1904, Wall purchased a two-story adobe home at 411 East South Temple, which had been built in 1880 by Bishop of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints James Sharp. He hired architect Richard Kletting to transform the home into a palatial dwelling resembling a Renaissance villa. He lived the remainder of his life there, and on 29 June 1920 died of cancer at the age of eighty-one. Following the death of Mary Frances Mays Wall three years later, the home was bought by the Jewish community to be used as a social center. The building was next occupied by Ensign College (formerly LDS Business College) until 2006.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Donna D. Beesley photograph collection consists of 1 box containing 14 black-and-white photographs collected by Donna Beesley and documenting the life of Enos A. Walls, his family, mining operations in Ophir, Utah, and his home on 411 East South Temple in Salt Lake City, Utah. The collection dates from approximately 1900 to 1999.

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


Arranged by subject.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Donna D. Beesley in 2011.

Processing Note

Processed by Special Collections staff.

Separated Materials

See also the Donna D. Beesley papers (ACCN 2597) in the Manuscripts Division of Special Collections.

Related Materials

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1 Wall and Jeffs Families, Wall home
1 2 Ophir, Utah

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Copper miners--Utah--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Wall, Enos Andrew, 1839-1920--Family--Photographs
  • Wall, Enos Andrew, 1839-1920--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Ophir (Utah)

Form or Genre Terms

  • black-and-white photographs