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Mary H. Farahnakian papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8989

Scope and Contents

Contains various photographs of fashion shows, student project exhibits, and other classroom pictures from Brigham Young University's Department of Clothing and Textiles, and a sample student assignment from a period pattern making class taught by Mary H. Farahnakian. Also includes slides used in teaching textile history, and postcards and photographs from Mary H. Farahnakian's travels to historical sites of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and other locations. Collection dates from approximately 1980 to 1999.


  • approximately 1980-1999


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Mary H. Farahnakian was born in Iran in 1949. She attended college at the University of Tehran, where she studied theatre and film. She also became a professional actress during this time, acting both on stage and on the National Television of Iran. She completed her bachelor's degree from the University of Tehran in 1972. That same year she was awarded a scholarship to study for a PhD in the United States, and completed her degree at Brigham Young University in 1977. She then returned to Iran to teach at the University of Tehran from 1977 to 1981.

In 1982 she returned to Brigham Young University to join the Department of Theatre and Cinematic Arts. He was appointed an associate professor at the university in 1988, and in 2009 became a full profesor. As of 2021, Mary was a professor of Design and Technology in the Department of Theatre and Media Arts Department, where she taught costume history, specialty, design, and construction.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Mary H. Farahnakian on February 23, 2017.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mary H. Farahnakian; February 23, 2017.


University history (University Archives collecting policy, February 2010).

Processing Information

Processed; Jace Packer, Blaise Myers; December 2020. Prints made for some negatives without corresponding prints.

Register of Mary H. Farahnakian papers
In Progress
Jace Packer, Blaise Myers
2020 December
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Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States