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W. Eugene Smith photograph

 File — oversize: 1
Identifier: MSS 7720
This collection includes one mounted photograph (61cm X 51cm) of "Soldier In Saipan Holds Baby, Other Soldier Looks On" take by W. Eugene Smith during World War II in Saipan 1944.


  • 1944


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 W. Eugene Smith photograph must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Biographical History

William Eugene Smith (1918-1978) was an American photographer who took photographs for various newpapers and magazines along with photographs of World War II.

William Eugene Smith was born in Wichita, Kansas, in 1918. At the age of 14, he was interested in aeronautical engineering and borrowed a camera from his mother (also an enthusiastic photographer) to take pictures of the planes at the local airport. In 1936, at age 18, he entered Notre Dame University, which he left a year later. He then went to New York and joined the staff of "Newsweek" magazine and eventually did free lance work for "Life," "Colliers," "American," "The New York Times," and other publications. In 1942 he became a war correspondent for Ziff-Davis and then "Life," during which time he took many pictures on the front lines. He died in 1978.


Maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased by L. Tom Perry Special Collections from Charles Schwartz, 2010. It was printed in the 1960's for the Jewish Museum exhibition.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Charles Schwartz; 2010.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


A 27th Infantry marine saving a Japanese baby from a cave of corpses after its family committed suicide. The baby was rushed to a hospital in a jeep. June 1944. Leslie Teicholz (Smith's long-time agent and assistant) wrote on the back "Given to me by Gene - 1971". It was printed in the late 1960's for the Jewish Museum's exhibition, but was never exhibited. The size of the print is unusually large - for exhibition purposes. Published in LIFE Magazine on August 28, 1944.

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2011.


Register of the W. Eugene Smith photograph
Lionel Thomas
2011 January 14
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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