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Dale L. Olsen photographs of post World War II

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8035

Scope and Contents

Includes 258 photographs taken in Japan and the Philippines after World War II. The people and the landscape are the primary focus of the photographs.


  • 1944-1946


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 the Dale L. Olsen photographs of post World War II must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Dale L. Olsen (1922-2012) was a farmer and schoolteacher in Rigby, Idaho and a photographer in World War II.

Dale LaVern Olsen was born October 2, 1922 in Rigby, Idaho to Henry and Florence Lundquist Olsen. He received an associate degree from Ricks College and a bachelor’s degree from Brigham Young University. He later returned to Ricks College to obtain a teaching certificate. He married Loa Jean Butler in the Salt Lake Temple on September 2, 1948. They lived in Provo until he graduated from Brigham Young University and then moved to Rigby, Idaho. He farmed in Rigby and also intermittently taught classes. His wife, Loa Jean, died September 2, 1973. Dale later met Carole Rasmussen McKinley, whose husband had also passed away, and they married “for time only” in the Idaho Falls Temple. During World War II, Dale served in the U.S. Army in a medical photographic unit. He served in the Philippines, Hawaii and Japan, and served in the Okinawa Campaign. He took extensive photographs throughout this time.


2 boxes (1.0 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Custodial History

Dale L. Olsen took theses photographs while over seas. They were in his possession until Meg Gunderson (his great-niece) donated them to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Meg Gunderson; 2011.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2012.

Register of Dale L. Olsen photographs of post World War II
Lionel Thomas
2012 April 26
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