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George Taylor photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 151

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs, prints, and glass plate negatives of Provo, Utah in early 1900s. Photographs include images of George Taylor's family members, self-portraits, and Salt Lake City, Utah. Materials are dated 1890-1910.


  • approximately 1900


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folder 1: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 2: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice. Glass plates in folders 3-5: Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

George Taylor was born in Duddeston, England on March 25, 1838. He married Eliza Nicholls Taylor on July 5, 1857. On June 4, 1864, they migrated to Salt Lake City, Utah. They all lived in the same house in Provo, Utah, where he was a furniture salesman for the Cluff Brothers. George then opened his own furniture company. All of his pieces were handmade and he later added a music section where he made organs. He adopted plural marriage and married a second wife named Henrietta Sawyer Taylor in 1864. George would go on to have 15 children between his two wives. In 1864, he also began his own photography career. In 1870, he sent his daughter to work with C.R. Savage to learn photo retouching. George retired in about 1885 but continued to do photography as a hobby until the 1920s. He was an active player in the Provo government, serving on two boards, the Utah County Board of Trade, and as the director of the commercial club in Provo. He died in Provo, Utah, on September 4, 1926.


1 half box (0.25 linear ft.)

4 folders (0.11 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated by Clarence D. Taylor in 1980.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Clarence D. Taylor; 1980.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the George Taylor papers (MSS 1836) and the Clarence D. Taylor papers (MSS 3254).

Related Materials

Image 4 is also found in the Clark S. Knowlton family photographs (MSS P 231).

Processing Information

Processed; unknown; 2007.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; 2022. Scope and contents note was updated to reflect the scope of the collection, extent was updated for accuracy, and glass plate negatives were rehoused for preservation.

Register of George Taylor photographs
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 22
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