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William Lawrence Hansen photograph album

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 9171

Scope and Contents

Photograph album that was likely used by William Lawrence Hansen while serving in the Swiss and German Mission for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 1887 to 1890. Many of the photographs are unidentified cabinet card albumen portraits of individuals and families taken in various studios across England, Denmark, Switzerland and Germany. These are likely missionaries or members that Hansen met on his mission. Within the album is included cabinet card albumen portraits from studios in Utah, likely of family members of Hansen as well as a cabinet card of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints President Wilford Woodruff, and a postcard of Karl G. Maeser. Also includes an envelope with nine negatives. Dated approximately 1887-1890.


  • approximately 1887-1890


Language of Materials

Materials in English and some captions in German.

Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted. Permission to view the item must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services or the 19th Century Curator.

Prints made of the nine negatives included are viewable but permission to view must be requested 24 hours in advance to the Supervisor of Reference Services.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from the William Lawrence Hansen photograph album must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Coordinating Committee.

Biographical History

William Lawrence Hansen (1867-1941) was a missionary for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Switzerland and Germany in the late 19th Century.

William Lawrence Hansen was born May 22, 1867 in Salt Lake City, Utah to Peter Hansen and Roseanna Jenne Hansen. As a young man, he served as a missionary in the Swiss-German Mission in 1887-1890. During the years of 1908 to 1910 he returned to serve as a missionary again in the same region. Shortly after returning from his first mission, in 1890, he married Lena Strubberg (1872–1902). Shortly after Lena's death he married Elizabeth Wright Walker (1878-1967). He died in Salt Lake City, Utah on April 27, 1941.


1 volume (0.25 linear ft.) ; 27 x 22 cm

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Custodial History

Item found in the home of Thomas Copley in Coalville, Utah, when it was torn down. The album was then given to the Coalville Museum, who subsequently gave the album to the donor, Clara C. Shafer. It was originally believed that these photographs were of the Copley family. But further research into the identifications on the verso of some of these photographs, and the location of the various studios where they originated, points to these being a collection of photographs by a Will Hansen who was a missionary in the Swiss and German Mission in the late 1880s. Clara C. Shafer donated the materials to Brigham Young University on July 25, 2018.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Clara C. Shafer; April 15, 2018.


LDS cultural, family, social, intellectual, mission and religious history (19th Century Mormon and Western Manuscripts Collection Development Policy IV.a.i.1, November 14, 2013).

Processing Information

Processed; Emma Gutierrez, student manuscript processor, and Ryan Lee, curator; February 6, 2019.

Register of William Lawrence Hansen photograph album
Emma Gutierrez
2019 February 7
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