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Alice Evans music box photo album

Identifier: MSS 9044

Scope and contents

19 silver print photographs taken by photographers in Salt Lake City and Provo, Utah. Photographs are of Alice Hazel Stallings Evans and members of her family at different ages throughout their lives. Dated approximately 1880-1910.


  • approximately 1880-1910


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 Alice Evans music box photo album must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical history

Alice Hazel Stallings Evans (1885-1992) was a Mormon mother and wife of academic Robert James Evans (1881-1967).

Alice Hazel Stallings Evans was born on November 25, 1885, in Coalville, Utah, to parents Heber Joseph and Sarah Elizabeth Wilde Stallings. She attended Brigham Young University, where she met her husband, Robert James Evans. They were married on August 21, 1907, in Salt Lake City, Utah. After graduation from BYU, the family moved to Logan, Utah, where they attended Utah Agricultural College; Cornell University in Ithaca, New York, where Rob earned a PhD; Lehi, Utah, where they farmed and raised a yard full of chickens; Ogden, Utah, where Rob taught at Weber College; back to Lehi, then to Logan, Utah, where Rob served as the head of the Agronomy Department. During all of the moves, Alice was highly active in church, club, and college activities, such as Sunday school teacher, Relief Society teacher, and Mutual leadership, Daughters of the Utah Pioneers, Kappa Delta Mother's Club, football and basketball games, Faculty Women's League, and duties as the wife of the department chairman. She loved the social life and the people in each city they lived. Alice kept a tidy house, with all the normal duties of cooking, cleaning, preserving, and raising children. In 1954, when Rob retired, the family moved back to Lehi one last time, where Alice lived until her death.

Alice Hazel Stallings Evans died on January 20, 1992, in Lehi, Utah.

Administrative history

Morris & Co. was a photography studio in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Morris & Co. took cabinet portraits in Salt Lake City, Utah, from the 1880s to the 1890s.

Biographical history

The Stallings family were Mormon pioneers in Utah. The family was established in 1867 with the marriage of Joseph Heber Stallings (1845-1925) and Elizabeth Sarah Wilde (1852-1889). Stallings was born in Nauvoo, Illinois and was part of the Mormon westward migration. He and his family arrived in Salt Lake City, Utah in 1850, and he was called to settle Coalville, Utah in 1859 where he operated coal mines and later traded in cattle. He also later became prominent in lumber mills. Stallings and his wife Elizabeth had ten children, eight of which lived to maturity. A devoted member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, Stallings also married Dorcas Dann in 1883 and Hannah Maria Carroll in 1899 as polygamous wives. He had two children with Dorcas, and three with Hannah.

Biographical history

Alfred Alseen (1863-1956) was a photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Alfred Alseen was born December 26, 1863 in Tolfta, Sweden to Lars Petter Perrson and Carin Pehrsdotter. He was married to Hildur Svensson. He was a professional photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah. Alfred Alseen passed away April 21, 1956 in Los Angeles, California.

Biographical history

Adam Saig Anderson (1869-1944) was a photographer in Provo, Utah. He was brother of George Edward Anderson, and apprenticed with Charles R. Savage.

Adam Saig Anderson was born to George and Mary Ann Anderson in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 23, 1869. As he grew into adulthood, Adam worked as an intern for various individuals including Charles R. Savage - a famous British-born photographer whose photos of the linking of the Union Pacific and Central Pacific railways and the Cornerstone ceremony of the Salt Lake temple were published in magazines including "Harper's Weekly." After finishing his apprenticeships, he opened up a gallery in Provo around 1890, but later sold it to Thomas Christian Larson in 1910. On March 18, 1944, he passed away in Provo, Utah.

Biographical history

C.R. Savage (1832-1909) was a photographer of the American West in the late 1800s and early 1900s.

Charles Roscoe Savage, born August 16, 1832, in England, became one of the foremost 19th century landscape photographers of the western United States, as well as a renowned studio portrait photographer, with his studio in Salt Lake City, Utah. The idea to emigrate from England to Utah undoubtedly began shortly after his 1848 baptism and membership in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS).

Savage's immigration in 1856 to New York marked the beginning of his known interest in establishing a photography business. On assignment from the LDS Church he traveled to Florence, Nebraska. His family subsequently joined him in 1860 and Savage established a primitive studio in Council Bluffs, Nebraska. Finally, the family made their way across the country arriving in Salt Lake City on August 29, 1860. The next day he made business arrangements with Marsena Cannon, a daguerreotype photographer and owner of a studio on East Temple. In 1862, with Cannon's departure to St. George, Utah, Savage formed a partnership with George Martin Ottinger. Savage & Ottinger legally dissolved their firm in 1870, and that same year Savage formed the Pioneer Art Gallery, and in 1875, needing more space, he replaced it with the Art Bazaar.

On June 26, 1883, his Art Bazaar burned to the ground, with all of his negatives. After his death on February 3, 1909, another fire in 1911 destroyed all of the negatives from the last twenty-five years of his career. Although his sons continued to operate the business, the Art Bazaar closed its doors permanently on December 31, 1926.


2 folders (0.2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

These photographs were taken in Salt Lake City and were put into a music box photo album owned by Alice Hazel Stallings Evans. She gave it to her granddaughter Paulette Evans, who donated it to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in June 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Paulette Evans; June 2017.


19th century historical photographs (Photographic Archives collection development policy II.B.2.a, May 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Maddi Stanley, student manuscript processor; November 2017.

Register of Alice Evans music box photo album
Maddi Stanley
16 November 2017
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