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John B. Fairbanks papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS SC 841

Scope and Contents

This collection consists of memorabilia, letters, essays, and biographies of Fairbanks. Three of the letters are from Joseph F. Smith, an apostle and later president, of the Mormon Church. The essays include "The History of Art" and "A Short Sketch of the Life of the Artist John Hafen" by Fairbanks.

Two biographies of Fairbanks are in the collection. One is handwritten, 80 pages in length, and is entitled "Interesting Incidents from the Life of J. B. Fairbanks by his Wife Florence Gifford Fairbanks." The other biography is anonymous and untitled but was done by one or more Fairbanks family members. It is 122 typed pages in length and was completed in 1936.


  • 1891-1937


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 John B. Fairbanks papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical Note

Fairbanks was a prominent Utah artist and sculptor.


2 folders (0.16 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Mrs. J. Austin Cope in 1976.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Mrs. J. Austin Cope; 1976.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Separated Materials

Photographs and glass plate negatives are located in the repository under catalog numbers MSS P9 and A84-213.

Register of John B. Fairbanks papers
Benjamin Sipes
2010 July 20
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