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Hillers, John K., 1843-1925



  • Existence: 1843 - 1925

Biographical History

John K. Hillers (1843-1925) was a German American photographer in the West.

John Karl Hillers was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1843. He came to the United States in 1852. He worked as a teamster in Salt Lake City where he met John Wesley Powell. Originally hired as a boatman for the second Powell expedition down the Colorado River in 1871, he started to assist the expedition's photographers (E.O. Beamanand then James Fennemore) after a while. Hillers was Powell's chief expedition photographer on the trip down the Grand Canyon the next year. He officially retired in 1900, but continued to take photographs for the United States Geological Survey until 1919. He died in 1925.

Wikipedia, via WWW, Jan. 14, 2011 (born in Hanover; b. 1843; came to U.S. in 1852; worked as teamster in SLC and met Powell; hired as boatman for 1871 expedition but assissted expedition's photographers Beamanand and Fennemore; chief photographer next year; retired in 1900; took photographs for United States Geological Survey until 1919; d. 1925).

Found in 4 Collections and/or Records:

John K. Hillers glass transparencies

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 715
Scope and Contents

Collection includes two oversized, framed glass transparencies of photographs taken by John K. Hillers. Images are of Western landscapes. Dated approximately 1870-1919.

Dates: approximately 1870-1919

John K. Hillers photographs of Utah landscapes

 Collection — Oversize-folder 1: [Barcode: 31197227605547]
Identifier: MSS P 274
Scope and Contents

Collection consists of eight images of Utah landscapes taken by John K. Hillers. Dated approximately 1870-1899.

Dates: approximately 1870-1899

John K. Hillers stereograph

 Item — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233235099]
Identifier: MSS 7721
Scope and Contents

Albumen print stereograph by Hillers of John Wesley Powell with the Ute woman Tau-ruv, taken in the Uinta Valley, Utah around 1874. It is from the "Indians of the Colorado Valley" series entitled "The Mirror Case." It was printed for the U.S. Topographical and Geological Survey of the Colorado River of the West by J.W. Powell and A.H. Thompson.

Dates: circa 1874

Mouth of the Narrows (looking down)

 Collection — Folder 1: [Barcode: 31197233643987]
Identifier: MSS 8331
Scope and Contents

Materials include a albumen stereograph taken in 1872 by John K. Hillers and published by J. F. Jarvis. The photograph was taken on the banks of a tributary of the Colorado River during J. W. Powell's expedition in 1872. Another of the photographer's cameras can be seen on the opposite bank.

Dates: 1872