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Heinrich Tönnies collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7544

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 498 photographs taken by Tönnies in Denmark. They are mostly portraits of Mormon missionaries in Denmark and Mormon immigrants from Denmark. There are also three bound booklets written by Sharon Hintze in 2002 entitled "Faith in their faces: 19th centry photographs of Danish Mormons" (with Appendix one and two). Also included is an index for an item level description of all the photographs along with 145 photocopied photographs.


  • approximately 1880-1905


Language of Materials

Materials are in English and Danish.

Conditions Governing Access

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

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. The photographs from the Heinrich Tönnies collection cannot be photocopied. Patrons can be directed to the Aalborg Stadsarkiv website where they can order prints.

Biographical History

Heinrich Tönnies (1825-1903) was a German photographer who took portraits and landscapes.

Johan Georg Heinrich Ludwig Tönnies was born May 10, 1825 in Grünenplan, Germany. He was trained as a glass painter and cutter but moved to Denmark in 1855 and was taught photography. The photographers C. Fritsche in Aalborg (Berling) and Wilhelm Schrøder (Copenhagen) taught Tønnies how to do dagurreotypes and he opened a studio in Aalborg and also learned the carte de visite technique. He took mostly portraits of people in their work clothes and some landscapes. He died December 11, 1903.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)


Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

These photographs are part of a larger collection of Henrich Tønnies photographs housed at the Aalborg State Archives. This portion of photographs was purchased by FARMS as a joint effort with BYU Special Collections in 2000. The photographs were then lent to Richard Holzapfel who brought them to Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Aalborg State Archives; 2000.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas; 2011.

Register of Heinrich Tönnies collection
Lionel Thomas
2011 March 3
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