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Weir family photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 78

Scope and Contents

Collection contains 142 photographs of the Weir family and friends from approximately 1840 to 1940, including French, German, English, and American impressionist painters. Includes photographs taken by Samuel Morse, Jessie Tarbox Beals, George C. Cox, and Pirie MacDonald. Photographs include portraits, landscapes, and group photographs of leisure activities. A majority of the photographs are centered around Julian Alden Weir. Also includes three photograph albums of European art and architecture.


  • approximately 1840-1940


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Copyright resides with the Weir family. Permission to publish material from the Weir family photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical note

The Weir family included Robert Walter Weir (1803-1889), professor of drawing; his first wife Louisa Ferguson (d. 1845); his second wife Susan Martha Bayard; and their children, especially John Ferguson Weir (1841-1926), director of Fine Arts, Yale; and Julian Alden Weir (1852-1919), artist.


1 box (0.25 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.08 linear ft.)

3 oversize boxes (2 linear ft.)

3 album

Language of Materials



Organized into five series: 1. Photographs of Julian Alden Weir. 2. Photographs of the Weir family. 3. Photographs of Julian Alden Weir and friends. 4. Photographs of Weir family and friends. 5. Photograph albums of art and architecture.

Custodial History

Donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by the Mahonri Young estate.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Mahonri Young estate.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Katelin Tanner, Lionel Thomas; student processors; 2011.

Register of the Weir family photographs
Katelin Tanner, Whitney Peterson, Lionel Thomas
April 15, 2011
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