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William Henry Jackson photograph of Omaha, Nebraska

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7871

Scope and Contents

Photograph taken by William Henry Jackson approximately 1867-1870 of Omaha, Nebraska.


  • approximately 1867-1870


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Henry Jackson photograph of Omaha must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was one of the most renowned 19th-century landscape photographers of the American West.

William Henry Jackson was born April 4, 1843 in Keeseville, New York. He was a man of great energy and love for the outdoors and especially the breadth and heights of the mountain west. His life spanned the first century of the new visual art of photography and the great era of westward expansion. He began his photography career in 1858 in New York as a photographic retouching artist in the burgeoning photography industry and ended it in New York City with his death in 1942. In between these years he became increasingly proficient in his chosen field through his studio and field work in Omaha, Nebraska, his nine year odyssey as the official photographer with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden's United States Geological Survey of the Territories, his fifteen years in Denver, Colorado, seventeen months of Asian and Pacific travel with the World Transportation Commission, his twenty-seven years in Detroit associated with the Detroit Photographic Company and its successor the Detroit Publishing Company, and finally his highly productive "so-called" retirement years from 1924 to 1942. He died June 30, 1942 in New York, New York, at the age of 99.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)




Maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

The photograph was purchased from Charles Schwartz, Ltd. in April 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Charles Schwartz, Ltd; 2011.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.


Register of the William Henry Jackson photograph of Omaha
Lionel Thomas
2011 June 9
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States