J Malan Heslop additional materials, 1858-2009
Scope and Contents
Collection primarily includes the photographic work of J. Malan Heslop, which comprises 60,601 photographs. This includes work from his early years in Weber County, Utah, through his educational years at Weber College, Ogden, Utah, and his short-lived stay in Los Angeles at Los Angeles City College, prior to becoming a private in the army as a photographer with the 167th Signal Photographic Company in World War II. He photographically documented not only these early years but also his educational years at Utah State Agricultural College in Logan, Utah, after the war, and his 40-year career with the Deseret News in Salt Lake City, Utah. Throughout his journalistic career and his retirement years he took many photographs of interest to members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, including presidents of the Church, General Authorities, Church history sites, and temples. His four trips to Israel and the Middle East are often exceptional photographically. He and his wife continued to travel after his retirement in 1989 and they took thousands of photographs which are a part of this collection. In addition to his photographs, there are photographs taken by his father, Jesse Heslop, and other early photographs taken by either members of the Heslop family or unknown photographers. The span of the photographic work in the collection covers the period from 1912 to 2002.
Heslop, as the organizer and creator of this collection, also created indexes for many of his photographs, which have been included in the descriptions of these images. He also created an important timeline for his life, which is also included in the collection. There are a small number of manuscripts, including incoming correspondence; a sampling of photographic assignment sheets; typescripts of forthcoming newspaper articles, especially on Mormon people and topics; and various partial manuscripts and typescripts of information on various books, including some Osmond family material; and a reel-to-reel tape of President Richard Nixon in Salt Lake City in 1970. There is an extensive collection of newspaper articles he wrote over many years, including some written and photographed in his retirement years. In addition there is some Heslop family material which primarily includes various books that his father, Jesse, and J and his wife, Fae, wrote and printed. Also included are a small number of World War II artifacts, which Heslop collected during his nine months in Europe.
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 J Malan Heslop photographs and other material must be obtained from the Supervisor of References Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
J. Malan Heslop (1923-2011) was an American photojournalist, newspaper editor, and missionary from Utah.
J. Malan Heslop was born June 18, 1923, in Taylor, Weber County, Utah, to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop. His birth certificate confirms that his name is J without the period. As Heslop would say, "It's a name and not an initial." When he was three years old the family moved to a farm in West Weber, Utah, where he grew up as the oldest of three children. Heslop's love of photography was inspired and encouraged by his father, Jesse, who acquired a glass plate camera around 1906. By the time Heslop was born, Jesse had the popular Kodak roll film folding camera. Heslop describes photography as an "abiding factor" in his life. In 1939 he began attending Weber High School, where one of his favorite school activities was taking photos for the yearbook. He graduated from high school on May 17, 1941, and enrolled at Weber College in Ogden, Utah, in the fall of 1941. He decided to study photography at Los Angeles City College and registered in September 1942. In October 1942 he enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps and by early November he was studying at Paramount Studios as a part of the Signal Corps Photographers School. By April 1943 he was called to active duty.
Before departing for Europe, Heslop married Fae Stokes on May 1, 1944, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His photographs provide a moving and memorable visual witness to the final nine months of the war's European Theater, from September 1944 to the end of the war in May 1945.
Upon his return Heslop reunited with his wife, Fae, and enrolled at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture in the spring of 1948 and almost immediately he was hired by the Deseret News as a photographer. During his busy professional years, J. and Fae Heslop also raised a family of five children—Paul, daughter Lyn, Scott, Ann, and Don—and became the grandparents of nineteen.
J. Malan Heslop was foremost a photojournalist, with a career which spanned forty-five years. He was a photographer in World War II for the 167 Army Signal Photographic Company in the European Theater, and spent forty years with the Deseret News newspaper. During his distinguished forty-year career, he served twenty years as the chief photographer, eight years as Church News editor, and ten years as managing editor of the Deseret News, with three years as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heslop covered local, national, and international events while at the Deseret News, from the inauguration of Utah's governors to those of presidents of the United States. Professional honors included being ranked by Life magazine as sixth among 1720 entrants for its young photographers contest in 1951. In 1972 the Deseret News rewarded Heslop its first-ever "Outstanding Performance Award." Upon retirement in 1988 J and Fae continued to travel, spend time with family, and be involved in their church. J. took photographs wherever he went. Fae passed away in Salt Lake City on November 29, 2009. J. Malan Heslop died on July 29, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
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1 oversize folder
Carton 129 contains: 58 issues of "The Improvement Era."
Carton 130 contains: 59 issues of "The Improvement Era."
Carton 131 contains: 57 issues of "The Improvement Era"; 1 issue of "The Relief Society Magazine"; booklet "Some Fundamental Beliefs of the Church"; notebook.
Carton 132 contains: 4 binders.
Carton 133 contains: 4 binders; 1 framed photograph of 1970 Quorum of the Twelve.
Carton 134 contains: "Cry of the Ancient" by Grey Owl and Little Pigeon; Photograph of Grey Owl; Photograph of Little Pigeon; "Know the Navajo" by Sandy Hassell; videotape; "Tarahumara Indians" by Jonathon F. Cassel; "Pahute Indian Legends" by William R. Palmer; "Genealogy and History of the Hatch Family, Part 3"; "Genealogy and History of the Hatch Family, Part 4"; "World Conference of Records: Preserving our Heritage, August 12-15 1980, Volume 6, British Family and Local History, Part 2"; "Company History of the 167th Signal Photographic Company"; "Central Signal Corps Replacement Training Center"; Weber College Yearbook, 1942; Box Elder High School Yearbook, 1941; Box Elder High School Yearbook, 1938; Weber County High School Yearbook, 1940; Box Elder High School Yearbook, 1939; Box Elder High School Yearbook, 1940; Weber County High Shool Yearbook, 1941; "The Scriptural Allegory in 3 Parts" by Daniel B. Richards; 2 binders; "Carbon Copy of English Translation of the South African Malan Family Book" typed by Henry B. Tanner in tribute to his wife Edna Bertha Malan.
Carton 135 contains: 88 folders of negatives.
Carton 136 contains: 4 issues of "Americana Illustrated"; "The Second Century: Latter-day Saint in Great Britain" by Derek A. Cuthbert; "Through Milan's Africa: Land of Hope and Fear" by Robert St. John; booklet "Malan Memorial Book"; "How to Make Your Book of Remembrance" by J. Malan Heslop and D. Van Orden; "How to Compile Your Family History" by J. Malan Heslop and Dell Van Orden; "The Story of Salt Lake Stake, 1847-1997"; "The Story of Salt Lake Stake, 1847-1972" ed. Lynn M. Hilton; "Joseph Fielding Smith: A Prophet Among the People" by J. M. Heslop and Dell R. Van Orden; 2 videotapes; file folder of negatives; box of typed indices of negatives; copper certificate of appreciation; 25 issues of "Stokes Folks Letter"; 1 issue of "Box Elder News Journal"; 6 photographs from Cross & Dimmit; "My Life Story" by Jesse Heslop; 1 photo album; booklet "The Jesse you didn't know: The Story of Jesse Heslop's Mission--Before and After" written and edited by J. Malan Heslop; booklet on Joseph Alfred and Georgiana Petersen Stokes; booklet of photocopies of journal of Stephen Malan.
Carton 137 contains: newspaper clippings; 5 issues of "Collier's National Weekly"; 1 issue of "Farm and Home"; 1 issue of "The Farmer's Wife"; 2 issues of "Life" Magazine; 1 issue of "Saturday Evening Post"; 2 binders; 1 file folder of correspondence; "The Salt of the Earth" by A. B. Jenkins and Wendell J. Ashton; photographs; 13 issues of "Photorama"; 5 issues of "National Press Photographers"; 1 issue of "Applied Photography"; newspaper special on 125th anniversary of Golden Spike.
Carton 138 contains: Copies of "Grandma and Grandpa Dispatch" through 2009.
Carton 139 contains: box of photographs; Vacation Photo Album; 52 issues of "The Millenial Star", 1913; "Law or Anarchy" by Alfred E. Bowen; "The Church as organized by Jesus Christ"; pages from Deseret News; "The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints General Handbook of Instructions, Number 20, 1968"; booklet "Priesthood Correlation in the Missionary Program"; booklet "Priesthood Correlation in the Genealogy Program"; booklet "Priesthood Correlation in Home Teaching"; newspaper clipping "The Beautiful People" by Philip Norman; 1 issue of "Warhead"; 1 issue of "Church News"; typed transcript of testimony of Chuan-I Lee; typed manuscript "The 'C' Cluster"; card from Liberty Jail; 1 binder; booklet "Homes Remembered" by J. Malan and Leroyden Heslop and Sharon Heslop Wiser; 1 issue of "Stokes Folks Letter"; "Fae: from the Journals of Fae Stokes Heslop"; 3 books of casette tapes.
Carton 140 contains: "A History of John Benbow" by Arthur B Erekson; "A History of Ammon Green, Sr. and Almira Mesick Green and their family" compiled by George Davis Green; 1 binder; "Jeremiah Hatch and Family History" by Dale Hatch; "Lorenzo Hill Hatch Journal" copied from original by Ruth Savage Hilton; "Highlights of History of Ray C. Hatch, Volume 2"; "Genealogical Research and History: Ray C. Hatch and Family, Voume 3"; "Jeremiah Hatch: The Life and Times of an Extraordinary Man" compiled by Mary Owen Hatch Heslop; "Prose and Poetry--Including a History of Ray C. Hatch and Family, Volume 1"; "Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 16" by Kate B. Carter; "Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 17" by Kate B. Carter; "Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 18" by Kate B. Carter; "Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 19" by Kate B. Carter; "Our Pioneer Heritage, Volume 20" by Kate B. Carter.
Carton 141 contains: Deseret News clippings; typed manuscript pages; folder with marked-up typed manuscript; 1 binder; typed pages "The Story of the Salt Lake Stake."
Carton 142 contains: 18 issues of "Among us Mortals" pages from the Rocky Mountain News; 8 issues of Deseret Weekly; 1 issue of "Girl's Number"; folder of photographs; folder of negatives and prints; typed index of photographs; booklet "Golden Anniversary Reunion Box Elder 1941 Class"; booklet "Box Elder High School 1941 Class 45th Anniversary"; materials for planning high school class reunion; "The LDS Conference Center" by W. Dee Halvorson; 5 award plaques; binder with draft copy of "Ensign Peak", photos included; "Lybertie" by H. V. Hall; 4 mounted class pictures; folder with photocopies of multiple issues of "The Bee."
Carton 143 contains: Shoebox with envelopes of negatives; photograph of sunset; 2 rolled-up panoramic photos; shoebox with envelopes with negatives and prints; manuscript of "My Life" by Jesse Heslop; 2 books of casette tapes.
Carton 144 contains: newspaper clippings; 2 photographs; 1869 Holy Bible; 1858 foreign language Book of Mormon (Danish?); Holy Bible; "A Bicentennial Illustrated History of the Deseret News"; "His Many Mansions" by Rulon S. Howells; booklet "The Pedigre of Capitol Hill Second Ward and the Genesis of Ensign Peak Ward"; booklet "Daughters of Utah Pioneers Lesson for October 1973"; "An Enduring Legacy, Vol. 1"; "The Imitation of Christ" by Thomas A. Kempis; "The Reign of Antichrist" by J. M. Sjodahl; "Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson; "The Debater's Handbook"; photographs; Capitol Hill 2nd ward Directory 1978; Program for dedicatory service of Ensign Peak Ward; envelope with photographs; booklet "The Pedigree of Capitol Hill Second Ward and the Genesis of Ensign Peak ward"; photocopy of previous; photographs; photocopies of pages; folder of regional bulletins; folder of Malan family info; folder of logs of supplies and work for Deseret News; Ensign peak news clippings and photocopies; folder on Ensign Peak History; folder on Ensign Peak Project info; photograph of 1954 Quorum of the Twelve; folder of Historical Utah info and photos; folder with pages from Deseret News; booklet "Squab Raising"; booklet "Space: Man's New Frontier"; photocopy of letter; Envelope of "Ensign Downs News" original copies; booklet "SAM (Senior Aaronic Mission) Instruction Manual.
Carton 145 contains: "Boomerang 1941-1996" with 3 envelopes tucked in cover; "Big Bend of the River: History of the West Weber, 1859-1976" compuled by Arvil Charles Hipwell and Ida Mae Deem Hipwell; "The Mormon Waldensians" by Diane Stokoe; booklet "Stephen Malan Journal, February 11 1893"; "The Church in Ogden: Yearbook for 1978"; "History of Ogden, Utah in old postcards" by D. Boyd Crawford; booklet "History of the West Weber Ward Relief Society, 1868-1968"; 2 copies of "Die Malan-Gedenkboek, 6 Oktober 1951"; "Die Malan-Gedenkboek, English Translation, 16 August 1969"; 3 copies of "The Malan de Merindol."
Carton 146 contains: "Malan Book of Remembrance: John Daniel Malan, Vol. 1, 1992"; "Descendants of John Daniel Malan, Vol. 2, 1993"; "Heslop History: A Book of Remembrance, 1995"; Utah State University Yearbook, 1947; Utah State University Yearbook, 1946; Utah State University Yearbook, 1948; "Doubletree Adventure: Autobiography" by J. Malan and Eleanor Fae Stokes Heslop, Vol. 1, 1923-1964; "Doubletree Adventure: Autobiography" by J. Malan and Eleanor Fae Stokes Heslop, Vol. 2, Vol. 2, 1964-2003.
Carton 147 contains: 2 binders.
Carton 148 contains: "Exodus to Greatness" by Preston Nibley; Binder, "1994-1998"; 3 binders on "Grandma and Grandpa Dispatch" 2001-2009.
Carton 149 contains: 2 binders on Ensign Peak; 2 binders of negatives; Brochure "Ogden, Utah: Awaiting Your Discovery"; 2 stapled photocopies of "A History of Ogden" published by Ogden City Commission; typed pages "The Organizing of the Church in the Ogden-Weber Area."
Carton 150 contains: Binder, "Family"; binder, "Journal 2008-2009"; binder, "Childhood"; binder, "2005-2007, Journal"; binder "1993-1994"; binder, "youth."
Carton 151 contains: binder, "military"; binder, "1988-1989"; binder, "1997-Dispatch"; binder, "1991."
Carton 152 contains: binder, "Editor--CN commercial photo"; binder, "Journal 2010-2011"; binder, "Personal history, 1975-1980"; Binder, "1990"; Binder, "History 1981."
Oversize box 153 contains: Photographs of: clown at wash line; cartoon "Combat Cameraman"; circus clown at wash line; arches in Caesarea, Israel, 1967; boys and girls in Israeli army, 1967; Germany after the war, 1945; Austria after the war, 1945; Bedouin man at market in Beersheba, 1967; Sheep with apartment building in back, Israel, 1967; detail of sheep with apartment building in back, Israel, 1945; arches in Caesarea, Israel, 1967; Beach at Tel Aviv; Michael Burdell on stretcher, April 2, 1988; girl at circus with elephant trunk reaching out to her, 1953; boat on Sea of Galilee, 1967; Camels, Israel, 1967; Crowd with US flag in front of Deseret News publishing building; girl with camels, Israel, 1967; Ronnie Lee Gardner handcuffed, April 2, 1985; family crying over dead boy; backside of horse with woman bent down wiping its leg; portrait of actor in "Amahl and the Night Visitors"; group of bikers; Sheep herder on horse looking out over his sheep; Sheep herder on horse looking at camera with sheep behind him; abstract, titled "Light," 1942; people in lake; people searching wreckage; World War II soldier, 1945. Also: 3 aerial photographs of Salt Lake valley; folder of clips of "Among Us Mortals" by W. E. Hill; "Deseret News Scrapbook of 20th century" January 1, 2000; Deseret News extra, June 15, 1995; pages from 1965 Deseret News; Deseret News supplement, September 20, 1968; Deseret News supplement, June 15, 1990; Issue of Times of India Annual, 1940; Deseret News clip of TWA and UAL wreckage; tube of Church organization charts, 1974-1997.
Oversize box 154 contains: Photographs of: basketball players and actors; girl in Israeli army, 1967; lightning strikes; little girl with snake; aerial landscape; man on CBS; football players; two boys doing flips while friends cheer; train crash, November 11, 1952; baby; woman with dead dog; medecine bottle and man being cleaned up by nurse; kid reading book by window; Box Elder Jr. High class picture, 1937; girl in Israeli army, 1967; camels; Weber County, 1941; Grand Canyon, 1947; LA City College Photography Assignment; woman laying on road, people coming with stretcher; blood drive, collage, 1942; police officer; construction worker; American Fork training school for people with disabilities; man in phone booth; house in snow and sheepherder on horse with sheep; houses in snow; sheep; woman on sidewalk; two boys looking at model rockets; boats in harbor; firefighter spraying water; scraped up boy with people surrouding him; mounted front page of Church News, JAnuary 30, 1965; line of buckets on circus grounds; two performers, 1945; soldier with gun, 1943; children playing; three girls on steps of a Mayan temple; three kids on site of Mayan temples; body on stretcher; family in the desert; circus clown; giraffe; little girl dancing with little boy; people walking during snow storm; fire in a building; landcape covered in snow; girl looking at jack-o-lantern; girl with popsicle; boy with headphones; boy with cups of fruit; firefighters putting out fire; 7 photos of woman; girl yelling while playing baseball; woman and man with dog leaving building; man putting money in parking meter; street in Germany; man with scissors; aerial photograph; Brigham Young Monument and Salt Lake Temple; First Presidency and Quorum of the Twelve sitting on the stand; Brigham Young Monument and Salt Lake Temple at night; people taking pictures of President and Sister Mackay; woman praying; rock formations; people on street; two men with fish; girl praying; girl clapping; little girl with doll; little boy playing doctor; little boy and naked baby; little boy and naked baby with mom; pig; plane wreckage; two men at train station; two pictures of little girl; building with four scandinavian flags.
OS folder 164 contains: Newspaper from the liberation of France during WWII, 1944 November 11.
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