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Marcus family photographs, approximately 1908-1955

 Sub-Series — Box: 13
Identifier: MSS 3775 Series 5 Sub-Series 3

Scope and Contents

Contains the photographs taken by the Marcus family, including several photographs of early 20th century Utah and surrounding states, postcards from Mexico, Australia, New Zealand, and Samoa, photographs from European travel, and a set of photographs of the inside of a house from circa 1920-1950. There are several photographs of Howard Marucs from when he was a newborn to about 5 years old. Also included are a series of sporting photographs, mostly of a polo tournament, and still shots of the Covered Wagon, performed by the Famous Players theatre group.


  • approximately 1908-1955


Access Note

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

Conditions of Use

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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Louis Marcus (1880-1936) was a Salt Lake City mayor and businessman in the motion picture industry.

Louis Marcus was born on January 9, 1880 in Brooklyn, New York to Eleazor Albert and Diana Gumpel Marcus. He moved to Salt Lake City, Utah in 1907, where he married Gertrude Levin on January 16, 1912. Together they had one child, Louis Howard Marcus in 1919.

In Salt Lake City, Marcus became involveed in the motion picture business as an operator, exchange manager, and owner of film exchange and theatres. He established a theatre chain in Utah, as well as other mountain states. The companies he was involved in include Louis Marcus Enterprises, Publix-Marcus, Inc., Gem State Theatres, Victory Amusement Company, Notable Feature Films Company and others. In 1927 he purchased the Orpheum Theatre, to which he increased the seating capacity, added a Wurlitzer organ, changed its name to Capitol Theatre Building, and in 1929 showed the first talking picture in Salt Lake City.

Marcus's business ventures extended into real estate and was the president of the United Realty Co., and served as the director of Tracy Loan & Trust Co., as well as Walker Bank & Trust Co. He was also very active in his community and civic service. He was a member of the Salt Lake City Chamber of Commerce, was a York and Scottish Rite Mason, and member of the B'nai B'rith.

In 1931 he ran for and was elected as mayor of Salt Lake City, and served from 1932-1935. He was the first Jew to be elected to this position. Louis was also a member of several clubs, including Alta, Rotary, Ft. Douglas, and the Country clubs in both Salt Lake City and Ogden, UT.

Marcus died on July 27, 1936 in Salt Lake City, UT.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Gertrude Levin Marcus (1885-1955) was the founder and president of the Salt Lake City Unit of the Women's National Aeronautical ASsociation and wife of Salt Lake City mayor Louis Marcus.

Gertrude Levin Marcus was born in 1885 in Chicago, Illinois to Hyman and Jennie Shocken Levin. She lived in Pueblo, Colorado until her marriage to Louis Marcus in Salt Lake City, Utah on January 16, 1912. On April 22, 1919, she gave birth to Louis Howard Marcus, her only child.

Along with managing her household and raising her son, she was the founder and president of the Salt Lake City Unit of the Women's National Aeronautical Association, was one of the founders of the Town Club, and was a supporter of the Garden Club, as well as being a member of the Alta Club and the Salt Lake Country Club. Later she became a member of the board of directors of the Neighborhood House, as well as sponsored and supervised construction of the Neighborhood House Thrift Shop. She was commonly referred to in business correspondence and newspaper articles as Mrs. L. Marcus or Mrs. Louis Marcus.

She died on May 25, 1955 in Salt Lake City, Utah.

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Louis Howard Marcus (1919-1984) was a member of the Salt Lake City Planning Committee and was a key figure in many developments in the city.

Louis Howard Marcus was born on April 22, 1919 to Louis and Gertrude Levin Marcus in Salt Lake City, Utah. He graduated from East High in Salt Lake City and afterward attended Stanford University, graduating with an economics degree in 1940. He then attended Harvard Graduate School of Business Administration from 1940-1941.

During World War II he served in the Salt Lake City branch of the U.S. Office of Price Administration, and then in the San Francisco branch of the U.S. Office of War Information, working in Psychological Warfare. After the war he served as vice president of the R.T. Harris Advertising Agency and was the president of the Tower Theatre, where he was active in the theatre community, not unlike his father.

Marcus married Wilma Ferderber, of a prominent family in Los Angeles, on April 10, 1947, with whom he had three sons--Stephen, William, and Roger.

Marcus was considered a civic and philanthropic leader and during his life time he served as a member of the Utah Symphony Board of Trustees (1948-1951), was named to the Salt Lake City Planning Committee in the 1950's and served as vice chairman of the commission from 1957 to 1961. Also during this time he was chairman of the zoning subcommittee, chairman of the Civic Belt Route Planning Committee and vice chairman of the Salt Lake County Gravel Study committee. In 1963 he was named president of First Capital Corp. and was very active in personal investments.

He was also chairman of the Salt Lake City Aviary Commission and was later appointed to the Tracy Aviary Advisory Board. He was a member of the Congregation Kol Ami and B'nai B'rith and served as chairman of the Israel Bond Drive for Utah, as well as being a trustee and treasurer for the Congregation B'nai Israel. He was very active with the National Hemophilia Foundation being a trustee and member of the foundation's national executive committee, as well as the vice president and trustee of the Utah chapter. He was president of the Duckville Gun Club, the Utah Skeet Shooting Association, and was a member of the Holladay Gun Club.

Marcus died on February 13, 1984 in Salt Lake City, UT of heart complications at the age of 64, preceded in death by his son Roger. He was often referred to as L. Howard Marcus in newspaper and business correspondence, but was commonly known as Howard to family and friends. Occasionally he is referred to as Louis or Louis Howard in personal letters.


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