BISHOP FRANKLIN SPENCER SPALDING PAPERS
Scope and Contents
The Bishop Franklin Spencer Spalding Papers consists of correspondence, a scrapbook of newspaper clippings, and one scrapbook of correspondence received. Material spans the years 1899-1939.
Three photograph albums containing photographs of several family members, vacations in Colorado and Massachusetts, mountains and mountain scenery in Colorado and Wyoming, ascent of the Grand Teton, Wyoming. Photographs and postcards span the years 1892-1916.
The series consists of two scrapbooks, resolution, manuscript and correspondence. One scrapbook contains correspondence and the other includes newspaper clippings regarding his pamphlet, Joseph Smith as a Translator. The resolution and manuscript document the first ascent of the Grand Teton in 1898 by Franklin Spalding, William O. Owen, Frank L. Peterson and John Shive
Three photograph albums comprise this series. Black-and white and cyanotype photographs of mountain scenery fill two albums along with poetry hand-written on the pages. A small photo album contains black-and-white photographs and black-and-white color postcards of Nantucket Island, Cambridge, Massachusetts and the 1913 Presidential inaugural parade.
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Biographical / Historical
Franklin Spencer Spalding was born in Erie, Pennsylvania, on March 13, 1865. He relocated to Denver with his family in 1874, when his father, John Franklin Spalding, was elected the Episcopal Bishop of Colorado. He graduated from Princeton in 1887 and from the General Theological Seminary in 1891. He served as Rector for the All Saints Church of Denver and Principal of the Jarvis Military Academy in Denver, Colorado.
In 1897, he was called to serve at his father’s old parish in Erie, Pennsylvania. In 1904, Franklin Spalding was elected the Episcopal Bishop of Utah. He served in Salt Lake City as Bishop from 1904-1914. While serving as Bishop in 1912, he wrote the pamphlet Joseph Smith Jr. as a Translator. The pamphlet, considered controversial, instigated an array of newspaper articles resulting in numerous letters to Bishop Franklin Spalding. He collected the newspaper articles and saved the letters to compile two scrapbooks.
Franklin Spalding was one of the charter members of the Rocky Mountain Club, when it organized in 1896. He and four others were recognized as the first to climb the Grand Teton in 1898.
Bishop Franklin Spalding died at the age of 49 on Sept. 25, 1914 when stuck by an automobile in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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Immediate Source of Acquisition
The source of the material is unknown.
Set of glass slides of southwestern scenes
C Photo Collection 1
Revised June 2002, October 2009
REVISED AND ENCODED BY:
Merrie Jo Schroeder
- Albumen prints. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Clergy -- Utah. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Collodion prints. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Correspondence. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Cyanotypes. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Families -- Colorado -- 19th century -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Gloucester (Mass.) -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Mountaineering -- Colorado -- 19th century -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Mountaineering -- Wyoming -- 19th century -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Library of Congress Subject Headings
- Nantucket (Mass.) -- Pictorial works. Subject Source: Lcnaf
- Personal papers. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photograph albums. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Postcards. Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- BISHOP FRANKLIN SPENCER SPALDING PAPERS
- REVISED 2009
- Language of description
- Script of description
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