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Anderson, George Edward, 1860-1928



  • Existence: 1860 - 1928


George Edward Anderson (1860-1928) was a photographer and member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

George Edward Anderson (Ed, as he was called) was born October 28, 1860, in Salt Lake City, to George A. Anderson and Mary Ann Thorn, and was the oldest of nine children. He was apprenticed as a teenager under the renowned photographer, Charles R. Savage. It was at Savage's Temple Bazaar that he became friends with fellow apprentices John Hafen and John F. Bennett. Hafen was later to become an accomplished artist and Bennett was to become instrumental in preserving Anderson's collection of glass plate negatives.

At the age of seventeen, Anderson established his own photography studio in Salt Lake City with his brothers, Stanley and Adam. He subsequently established a studio in Manti, Utah in 1886. In the fall of 1888 he moved his studio to Springville, Utah, with his bride, Olive Lowry. He is perhaps best known for his traveling tent studio, set up in small towns throughout central, eastern, and southern Utah, where he captured the lives of the residents. These studios thrived throughout the years 1884-1907.

Although today we might think of Ed Anderson as a portrait photographer, his clear and artistic studio portraits are complemented by thousands of documentary portraits taken near homes, barns, and businesses. They document not only families but also small town Utah history. He documented, among other things, railroad history, mining history including the Scofield mine disaster, and the building of temples by members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Pure landscape photographs were never his interest, but to many Church members, his 1907-1908 photographs of Church history sites are their only acquaintance with Anderson's photography. He photographed these sites while traveling across the country to begin his LDS Church mission in England from 1909-1911. The Deseret Sunday School Union of the Church published some of the views, as Anderson called them, in a booklet entitled The Birth of Mormonism in Picture.

Upon the completion of his mission, Anderson returned to South Royalton, Vermont, and set up a photography studio near the birthplace of the prophet Joseph Smith. He added a number of Church history site photographs, as well as portraits of Church members and local residents to his growing collection. Finally, in November 1913, he returned to his family and home in Springville, Utah.

After a seven year absence his photographic business was unhealthy and his family life was strained. But business and money were never the motivating forces of Ed Anderson's life—art and religion were his driving forces. Continuing to experience financial and marital strains, Anderson tried to revive his traveling tent studio but was met with little success. He was, however, able to earn some money from the sale of The Birth of Mormonism booklet.

The later years of Ed Anderson's life were spent in documenting families and life in Utah Valley and traveling to newly constructed temples. In 1923, he traveled to Cardston, Alberta, Canada with Church authorities for the dedication of that city's temple. He was to spend two years in Canada, thus returning to Springville in 1925. Though ill in the fall of 1927 and despite his wife's urging not to go, Anderson went once again with Church officials to document the dedication of another temple, this time in Mesa, Arizona. It was to be his last trip. He died of heart failure on May 9, 1928, after being brought home to Springville.

His The Utah photographs of ... c1979: t.p. (George Edward Anderson) CIP gally (Springville, Utah; d. 1928)

Phone call to pub., 1/19/79 (b. 1860)

Church history in black and white, c1995: p. xv (George Edward Anderson, known as 'Ed' or 'Eddy' throughout his life)

Wikipedia, viewed October 11, 2010 (George Edward Anderson (October 28, 1860-May 9, 1928); early American photographer known for portraiture and documentary photographs of the early Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints temples; born in Salt Lake City, Utah; photography studio in Salt Lake City and 1886 in Manti, Utah; Moved studio to Springville, Utah in 1888; LDS Church mission to England 1909-1911; died heart failure on May 9, 1928 in Springville, Utah after being brought home from Mesa, Arizona)

Found in 37 Collections and/or Records:

George Edward Anderson photographs of Provo Center Street

 Collection — Oversize 1: [Barcode: 31197227644082]
Identifier: MSS 3802
Scope and Contents This collection contains two photographic prints of Center Street in Provo, Utah. The prints were produced from an original photograph taken by George Edward Anderson. The photographs are matted and placed in wood frames. Businesses pictured include Howe & Taft, Diamond Saloon, The Council Bar and Billiards, Pyne & Maiber Druggists, Hathenbuck & Co., Union Block, Provo Book & Stationary, Ben R. Eldredge, Western Union Telegraph Office, Smoot & Co., and the First National...
Dates: approximately 1890

George Edward Anderson photographs of the Gardner family

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227643233]
Identifier: MSS 5930
Scope and Contents

This collection contains five George Edward Anderson prints of the Gardner family. The pictures are of (1) Regina Evensen Gardner, (2) a 4-generation photograph of Neil Gardner, Vernon Neil Gardner, Neil Livingston Gardner, and Archibald Gardner, (3) Neil Livingston Gardner, (4) Neil Livingston Gardner, his wife Elizabeth Ann Thomas Davis, and his son Vernon Neil, (5) Vernon Neil Gardner, son of Elizabeth and Neil Livingston Gardner.

Dates: approximately 1880-1890

Pictures of my life

 File — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197230328673]
Identifier: MSS SC 2929
Scope and Contents Author shares family experiences in Springville, Provo, and Manti, Utah. She also recounts experiences at Brigham Young High School and Academy in Provo. In the 1920s she and her family lived in Long Beach and Berkeley, California and were active in the LDS Church there. Upon returning to Utah, Bullock worked as a sales clerk at Auerbach's in Salt Lake City and during World War II she worked at Fort Douglas. She gives insight into women in the work place during the war. She also gives...
Dates: 1997

Photograph of the Thomas Potter family

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227632004]
Identifier: MSS 4248
Scope and Contents

This collection contains one print of a photograph made from an original George Edward Anderson glass plate negative. The print was made by Rell G. Francis. The photograph is of the Thomas Potter Family in front of their Smithshop in Scofield, Utah, ca. 1897.

Dates: approximately 1897

Publications and Graphics photograph collection

Identifier: UA 763
Scope and Contents Photographs used by Brigham Young University's Publications and Graphics Department, many of which are copies made from other sources. Includes photographs of Brigham Young University buildings, Brigham Young Academy, portraits of students, athletes, and faculty members, athletic and performing arts events, the Howard W. Hunter Law Library expansion, and other campus events. Includes photographs taken by George Edward Anderson. Collection contains both black and white and color photographs,...
Dates: approximately 1832-1980s

Charles Ursenbach photographs

 Collection — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233282216]
Identifier: MSS P 380
Scope and Contents

Collection includes four oversize photographs of the George Edward Anderson family and the Alberta Temple, collected by Ursenbach. Images were originally taken between the 1880s and the 1930s.

Dates: approximately 1880-1959

Nelson B. Wadsworth collection of frontier photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 69
Scope and Contents

Collection consists of exhibit photographs assembled by Nelson Wadsworth about the American frontier. Items include the work of various photographers.

Dates: approximately 1870-1919

Additional filters:

Collection 24
Archival Object 10
Digital Record 3
Photographs 27
Railroads -- Utah -- Photographs 7
Bridges -- Colorado -- Photographs 6
Bridges -- Utah -- Photographs 6
Business, Industry, Labor, and Commerce 6
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Railroads 6
Railroads -- Colorado -- Photographs 6
Images 5
Material Types 5
Portraits 5
Latter Day Saints -- Utah -- Photographs 4
Negatives 4
Provo (Utah) -- Photographs 4
Arts, Humanities, and Social Sciences 3
Copy prints 3
Fine Arts 3
Gelatin dry plate negatives 3
Social Life and Customs 3
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints 2
Commencement ceremonies 2
Glass negatives 2
Latter Day Saint pioneers -- Photographs 2
Photographic prints 2
Albumen prints 1
Art 1
Autobiographies 1
Buildings -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Business enterprises -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Cabinet photographs 1
Cardston (Alta.) -- Photographs 1
Church Government 1
Colleges and Universities 1
DVDs 1
Diaries 1
Education 1
Fashion 1
Gelatin silver prints 1
Home and Family 1
Icelandic Americans -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Indians of North America -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Internegatives 1
Interviews 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- Apostles 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- History 1
Latter Day Saint churches -- Missions -- England -- History 1
Latter Day Saint families -- Alberta -- Cardston -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saint families -- Utah -- Spanish Fork -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saint missionaries -- Illinois -- Nauvoo -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saint pioneers -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saint temples -- Alberta -- Cardston -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saint temples -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saints -- Alberta -- Cardston -- Photographs 1
Latter Day Saints -- Idaho -- Rexburg -- Photographs 1
Manti (Utah) 1
Media and Communication 1
Miners -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Missions and Missionaries 1
Mormons -- Photographs 1
Nitrate negatives 1
Oral histories 1
Persons -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Photocopies 1
Photograph albums 1
Photographers -- Utah -- Springville -- History -- Sources 1
Photographs -- Collectors and collecting 1
Polygamy -- Religious aspects -- Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints 1
Postcards 1
Prints 1
Provo (Utah) 1
Provo (Utah) -- History 1
Railroads -- United States -- History 1
Railroads -- United States -- Photographs 1
Safety film negatives 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs 1
Salt Lake City (Utah) -- Photographs 1
Scofield (Utah) 1
Seminars 1
Sports -- Utah -- Photographs 1
Springville (Utah) 1
Springville (Utah) -- History 1
Utah 1
Utah -- Pictorial works 1
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