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Heber J. Grant photograph albums of Japan

Identifier: M275.2P5661901

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of two albums. The first album, bound in lacquered board covers and leather spine, contains 52 photographs. Inscribed on the first leaf: "Birthday present to Edith from Papa, Salt Lake City, Utah, April 2nd, 1903." The second album, bound in brown cloth, contains 30 photographs. Inscribed by Heber J. Grant and Augusta Grant to Mrs. Elizabeth Eastman [i.e. Eastmond], Salt Lake City, Utah, 1903 November 10.


  • approximately 1901


Conditions Governing Access

Condition restricted.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances.

Permission to publish material from the Heber J. Grant photograph albums of Japan must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Heber J. Grant's first opportunity to serve a full-time mission came in 1901. He was an apostle when he was called to preside over the first mission in Japan.

Born on November 22, 1856, in Salt Lake City, Heber J. Grant was raised by his widowed mother, Rachel Grant. By the time he was 15, he had begun a successful business career and had been ordained to the office of Seventy. Ten years later, he was called to the Quorum of the Twelve Apostles, where he served for 37 years.

Heber J. Grant's first opportunity to serve a full-time mission came in 1901, when he was called to preside over the first mission in Japan. "The inhabitants are a wonderful people." Twenty-one years later, President Grant and his counselors in the First Presidency closed the mission, largely because of "almost negligible results of missionary efforts" there. The mission was reopened in 1948.

After becoming Church President on November 23, 1918, he dedicated three new temples, developed the Welfare Program, and helped Latter-day Saints cope with the tragedy of World War II. His business experience enabled him to modernize Church organizations and procedures. His missionary efforts, including extensive speaking engagements and friendships with national business leaders, brought the Church to the attention of the nation. After 27 years as President, Heber J. Grant died in Salt Lake City on May 14, 1945.


2 boxes (1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



This collection consists of two albums of photographs of Japan, circa 1901. Included in the photographs are pictures of Heber J. Grant (1856-1945), Horace S. Ensign, Louis A. Kelsch (1856-1917), and Alma O. Taylor, a nineteen-year-old missionary.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Processing Information note

Processed; 2007.

Register of the Heber J. Grant photograph albums of Japan
Terrie R. Hathcock
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.
Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States