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Nelson B. Wadsworth collection

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 518

Scope and Contents

Materials include photographs, copies of daguerrotypes, books, research materials, magazines, and newspapers. Materials were accumulated by Nelson Wadsworth as part of his research of the history of photographers, Utah photographers, Utah and LDS church history. Also included are personal documents and academic materials. Materials dated approximately 1850-2008.


  • approximately 1850-2008


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. Permission to publish material from Nelson B. Wadsworth collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Nelson B. Wadsworth (1930- ) is a photojournalist and professor who primarily worked in Utah.

Nelson B. Wadsworth was born in Martinez, California in 1930. He graduated from Alhumbra Union High Svhool in 1948. In 1951, he served as a radio operator in the Korean War, enrolling in San Jose State College shortly after. He received his undergraduate degree in 1954 and then earned a master's degree from the University of Utah in 1970.

Nelson B. Wadsworth has worked as a freelance writer and photographer, working with major companies such as Life and Time. He also worked on the faculty at the University of Utah from 1966 to 1971 and the Brigham Young University from 1971 to 1982. He then worked at the Utah State Univeristy from 1982 to 1994. Since then, he has worked as professor emeritus at Utah State University, served as editor for the Rangefinder, a magazine from the National Press Phtoographers Association, and worked to collect and restore historical photographs.


24 boxes (12 linear ft.)

2 half boxes (0.5 linear ft.)

32 cartons (32 linear ft.)

11 oversize boxes (11.25 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to Special Collections by Nelson B. Wadsworth.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Nelson B. Wadsworth; 1978-2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton and Jeremy Meservy, student photograph processors; 2015.

Register of Nelson B. Wadsworth collection
In Progress
Anne Ashton and Jeremy Meservy
2015 March 6
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