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Brent Ashworth collection of pioneer photography

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8157

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 24 photographs of people, mostly children taken in the Utah studios of the photographers between approximately 1890 and 1920. It also contains a photographic compilation of apostles and temples of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1835 to 1886.


  • approximately 1870-1920


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. 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 the Brent Ashworth collection of pioneer photography must be obtained from the supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Brent Ashworth (born 1949) is a collector of documents and memorabilia from Mormon and Utah history.

Brent Ferrin Ashworth was born January 8, 1949 in Albany, California to Dell Sheperd and Bette Jean Brailsford Ashworth. He was raised in Provo, Utah, where he attended Brigham Young High School. He later attended Brigham Young University, graduating in 1972 with a degree in History and Political Science. During this time he also served in the United States Army Reserves, with active duty service at Fort Ord, California in 1969. He married Charlene Mills on December 16, 1970 in the Salt Lake Temple, and they have nine children.

Ashworth pursued a career in law, obtaining his Juris Doctorate from the University of Utah in 1975. He has worked as an attorney in both government and industry. He has also served in various non-profit and community organizations, including work as a local ecclesiastical leader in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This has included serving as a bishop, a high counselor, and as an acquisition specialist for Church History Library.

Ashworth has also been deeply involved in the collecting of rare books and manuscripts related to Mormons and the West, establishing a business for this work in Provo in 2006.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

Collection was donated to the repository by Brent F. Ashworth in 1997. He purchased or traded for these photographs as part of his avocation as a dealer in Western Americana.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brent Ashworth; 1997.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.

Register of Brent Ashworth collection of pioneer photography
Anne Ashton
2013 February 1
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