John Mills Whitaker Papers: Finding Aid

Finding aid prepared by Mitchell W. K. Toda, May 8, 2002.
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Overview of the Collection

Title: John Mills Whitaker Papers
Dates (inclusive): 1883-1960
Bulk dates: 1883-1949
Collection Number: mssWhitaker papers
Creator: Whitaker, John Mills, 1863-1960.
Extent: 40 pieces in 2 boxes.
Repository: The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens. Manuscripts Department
1151 Oxford Road
San Marino, California 91108
Phone: (626) 405-2129
Email: reference@huntington.org
URL: http://www.huntington.org
Abstract: This collection consists of the typed transcripts of the journals keep by Mormon missionary and active church member John Mills Whitaker (1863-1960) and a typed transcript of the funeral service held for him. The journals cover the majority of Whitaker’s life and discuss both his personal and professional life in Utah between 1883 and 1960.
Language: English.

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Administrative Information

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Preferred Citation

[Identification of item]. John Mills Whitaker Papers, The Huntington Library, San Marino, California.

Provenance

Acquired on January 5, 1956.
A photocopy of a transcript of the funeral service of John Mills Whitaker (1863-1960) was a gift of Eugene T. Whitaker, on May 5, 1975.

Related Materials in the Huntington Library

Forms part of the Mormon File, 1807-1962.

Biographical Note

John Mills Whitaker (1863-1960) was born in Centerville, Utah. His parents were Thomas William and Elizabeth Mills Whitaker. At an early age he studied the Isaac Pitman system of shorthand. With this skill Whitaker began recording speeches and sermons given in the Mormon Church.
While going to school at the University of Deseret he began working part time for Franklin Dewey Richards (1821-1899). In 1886, Whitaker married Ida Oakley Taylor, the daughter of John Taylor (1808-1887), the then president of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. They went on to have 9 children.
Whitaker helped establish the Salt Lake Stake Library and Free Reading Room, was secretary to John Willard Young (1844-1924) while he owned the Salt lake and Fort Douglas Railway and assisted him in establishing the Utah Western Railway Company, was secretary for the Deseret Sunday School Union, took part in the Eastern States Mission, was involved in the prohibition movement, developed curriculum and taught at the Granite Seminary School, and helped in public welfare programs after the depression of 1929.
He also found the time to serve as bishop of the Sugar House ward and to transcribe all of his yearly journals from shorthand into typewritten transcripts.

Bibliography

University of Utah. Libraries. Western Americana Dept. Register of The Papers of John Mills Whitaker (Salt Lake City, Utah: University of Utah, 1969). Manuscript reference CD 3549.5 .U88 no. 2

Scope and Content

This collection consists of the typed transcripts of the journals keep by John Mills Whitaker (1863-1960) and a typed transcript of the funeral service held for him. The journals cover the majority of Whitaker’s life and discuss both his personal as well as professional life.
Several journals deal with his functions as a secretary to Franklin Dewey Richards (1821-1899) where Whitaker discusses the political oppression of the Mormons by the United States government, the public and political opposition to the practice of polygamy, and the persecution of the Mormons. Some of the people covered in these journals include George Quayle Cannon (1827-1901), Grover Cleveland (1837-1908), Erastus Fairbanks Snow (1818-1888), Lorenzo Snow (1814- 1901), and Wilford Woodruff (1807-1898).
Other journals deal with Whitaker’s functions as secretary to John Willard Young (1844-1924), and he discusses in detail the financial aspects of the railroads being built in Utah, public education, and the statehood of Utah. In later journals Whitaker discusses Brigham Henry Roberts (1857-1933) and Reed Smoot (1862-1941) and their problems in dealing with the U. S. Congress.

Arrangement

The collection is arranged in the following manner:
1. Journals – folder titles have been copied from the original folders that the collection was housed in when they first arrived at the library (Box 1)
2. Journals and funeral service transcript (Box 2)

Indexing Terms

The following terms have been used to index the description of this collection in the Huntington Library's Online Catalog.  

Subjects

Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
Whitaker, John Mills, 1863-1960.
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Eastern States Mission.
Deseret Sunday School Union.
University of Deseret.
Utah Western Railway Company.
Curriculum planning -- Utah.
Depressions -- 1929 -- United States.
Education -- Utah.
Libraries -- Utah -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Libraries -- Utah -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mormon Church -- Bishops.
Mormon Church -- Doctrines -- Polygamy.
Mormon Church -- Utah -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Mormon Church -- Utah -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mormon Church -- Political activity.
Mormon Church -- Public opinion.
Mormons -- Archival resources.
Mormons -- Civil rights.
Mormons -- Doctrines.
Mormons -- Education.
Mormons -- Legal status, laws, etc.
Mormons -- Missions.
Mormons -- Persecutions.
Mormons -- Political activity -- History -- 19th century.
Mormons -- Political activity -- History -- 20th century.
Mormons -- Social conditions.
Mormons -- Utah -- History -- 19th century -- Sources.
Mormons -- Utah -- History -- 20th century -- Sources.
Mormons -- Utah -- Social life and customs.
Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Mormon Church.
Prohibition -- Utah.
Public schools -- Utah.
Public welfare -- United States -- History.
Railroads -- Utah.
Shorthand.
Sunday schools -- History.
Theology -- Study and teaching -- United States.
Utah -- Statehood.
Centerville (Utah) -- Description and travel.

Forms/Genres

Diaries -- Utah -- 19th century.
Diaries -- Utah -- 20th century.

Additional Contributors

Cannon, George Q. (George Quayle), 1827-1901.
Cleveland, Grover, 1837-1908.
Richards, F. D. (Franklin Dewey), 1821-1899.
Roberts, B. H. (Brigham Henry), 1857-1933.
Smoot, Reed, 1862-1941.
Snow, Erastus Fairbanks, 1818-1888.
Snow, Lorenzo, 1814-1901.
Taylor, John, 1808-1887.
Woodruff, Wilford, 1807-1898.
Young, John W. (John Willard), 1844-1924.


Collection Contents

 

Journals and funeral transcript

Note

Folder titles have been copied from the original folders that the collection was housed in when they first arrived at the library.
Box 1

Journals

Folder  1

1847-1883 Commencement of Daily Journals Data and historical matters 1847 to 1883 No 1 [15 p.]

Folder  2

1883-1886 Daily Journal No 2 Jany 1883 to May 1886 [30 p.]

Folder  3

1886 Journal No 3 Jany 1886 to May 1886 [10 p.]

Folder  4

1886-1887 Journal No 4 May 1886 to September 1887 [62 p.]

Folder  5

1887-1888 Journal No 5 Sept 1887 to Sept 1888 [54 p.]

Folder  6

1888-1889 Journal No 6 Sept 1888 to March 1889 [34 p.]

Folder  7

1889-1890 Journal No 7 March 1889 to March 1890 [29 p.]

Folder  8

1890-1897 Journal No 8 March 1890 to Dec 3 1897 [60 p., also includes 1 newspaper clipping, 1 of 2 folders]

Folder  9

1890-1897 Journal No 8 March 1890 to Dec 3 1897 [69 p., 2 of 2 folders]

Folder  10

1892-1899 Journal No 9 Dec. 3 – 1897 to July 1899 [85 p.]

Folder  11

1899-1916 Journal No 10 May 23 1899 to Feby 1 – 1916 [111 p., 1 of 2 folders]

Folder  12

1899-1916 Journal No 10 May 23 1899 to Feby 1 – 1916 [123 p., 2 of 2 folders]

Box 2

Journals (continued) and funeral service transcript

Folder  1

1915-1921 First part Journal No 11 June 1915 to Dec 31 – 1921; 2nd Part Journal # 11 Feby 3 – 1916 to March 14 – 1920 [86 p.]

Folder  2

1922 Finished Copy 1922 – Jany 1 to Dec 31 – 1922 [3 p.]

Folder  3

1923 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate enclosed 1923 – # 13 [7 p.]

Folder  4

1924 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate enclosed 1924 – # 14 [3 p.]

Folder  5

1925 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate enclosed 1925 – # 15 [8 p.]

Folder  6

1926 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate enclosed 1926 – # 16 [4 p.]

Folder  7

1927 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate enclosed 1927 – # 17 [7 p.]

Folder  8

1928 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original here 1928 - # 18 [6 p.]

Folder  9

1929 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original here 1929 - # 19 [12 p.]

Folder  10

1930 Daily Journal Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original & Paper 1930 - # 20 [26 p., also includes 1 newspaper clipping]

Folder  11

1931 Daily Journal – Finished Copy. Duplicate filed with original papers – 1931 – 21 [34 p.]

Folder  12

1932 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original 1932. # 22 [19 p.]

Folder  13

1933 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original # 23 – 1933 [20 p., also includes 3 pieces of correspondence, 1 photograph, and 1 newspaper clipping]

Folder  14

1934 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original # 24 – 1934 [15 p., also includes 2 pieces of correspondence, 1 photograph, 1 newspaper clipping]

Folder  15

1935 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original # 25 – 1935 [7 p.]

Folder  16

1936 Daily Journal – Finished Copy Duplicate filed with original # 26 – 1936 [14 p.]

Folder  17

1937 Finished Daily Journal – 1937 – In duplicate see original file # 27 [38 p., 31 of those pages are part of a booklet, Funerary services for Elizabeth Mills Whitaker]

Folder  18

1938 1938 Finished Daily Journal In Duplicate (# 28) [5 p.]

Folder  19

1939 1939 Finished Daily Journal In duplicate # 29 [8 p.]

Folder  20

1940 1940 Finished Daily Journal In duplicate # 30 [2 p.]

Folder  21

1941 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate 1941 - # 31 [5 p., also includes 1 piece of ephemera and 1 newspaper clipping]

Folder  22

1942 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate 1942 - # 32 [8 p., also includes 1 newspaper clipping]

Folder  23

1943 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate 1943 - # 33 [5 p.]

Folder  24

1944 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate 1944 - # 34 [3 p.]

Folder  25

1945 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate 1945 - # 35 [2 p.]

Folder  26

1946 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate – 1946 - # 36 [24 p., 19 of these pages consist of a typed transcript of the funeral services for Ida Oakley Taylor Whitaker]

Folder  27

1947 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate – 1947 - # 37 [11 p.]

Folder  28

1948 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate – 1948 - # 38 [11 p.]

Folder  29

1949 Finished Copy Daily Journal In duplicate – 1949 - # 39 [3 p.]

Folder  30

1960 Transcript of the funeral services for John Mills Whitaker, 1863-1960 [20 p.]