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John B. and Avard T. Fairbanks photograph collection

 Collection — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 4261

Scope and Contents

This collection contains twenty eight 11 x 14 enlargements of photographs by John B. Fairbanks. The photographs are of Benjamin Cluff, streets and buildings in Provo, New York Harbor, his family members, and members of the Central American Expedition. Also in the collection are forty eight 11 x 14 enlargements of photographs of sculptures created by Avard T. Fairbanks. The sculptures are of a variety of subjects, including Brigham Young, Joseph Smith, Abraham Lincoln, and the pioneers.


  • approximately 1897-1982


Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John B. and Avard T. Fairbanks photograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

John B. Fairbanks (1855-1940) was the official photographer of the Benjamin Cluff Expedition to Mexico from 1901 to 1903. He also painted murals in the St. George, Salt Lake, and Mesa Temples of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. He was the father of Avard T. Fairbanks. Avard T. Fairbanks (1897-1987) was a Mormon sculptor and Dean of Fine Arts at the University of Utah.


1 oversize (1.66 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Custodial History

These items were donated to Special Collections in 1993.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donation; Eugene Fairbanks; 1993.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Separated Materials

These items are part of the 20th Century Western and Mormon Americana Archives.

Register of John B. and Avard T. Fairbanks photograph collection
Abe Austin
2012 April 04
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