Biography and History

Herbert Samuel Auerbach was born on October 4, 1882, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was educated abroad, first at the J. J. Meier School in Wiesbaden, Germany, and then at the Conservatory of Music and Lausanne Technical School in Switzerland. After completing his studies, he toured the continent as a concert violinist. In 1906 he returned to the United States and pursued a master's degree in electrometallurgy at Columbia University School of Mines. He helped run the family business of department stores in Utah, and was a member of the Board of Regents of the University of Utah. After the United States became involved with World War I, he became a major in the Ordnance Department until 1919. With diverse interests, Auerbach was also a member of the American Society of Composers, Authors, and Publishers, and a part of the Utah State Legislature for two terms. One of his favorite hobbies was Western history, which led to his collection of books, manuscripts, maps, documents, and pictures of the Old West. Auerbach was also a writer, poet, and philanthropist. He passed away on March 19, 1945.

Source: From the finding aid for WC041