Franklin Stewart Harris photograph albums, 1929-1954
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Franklin Stewart Harris was born August 29, 1884 in Benjamin, Utah. He moved with his family to the state of Chihuahua, Mexico in the 1890s to the Mormon colonies there. He would study at Brigham Young University and go on to Cornell to receive his doctorate. Harris served as president of Brigham Young University from 1921 until 1945. His administration was characterized by improvement in academics and by growth of the University's physical facilities, such as the construction of the Heber J. Grant Library building. Even with the financial pressures of the Great Depression from the late 1920s to the 1930s, Harris was able to help increase Brigham Young University attendance, library and campus facilities.
In 1945 Harris left Brigham Young University to be the president of the Utah State Agricultural College (what is now Utah State University). He died April 18, 1960 in Salt Lake City, Utah.
From the Collection: 27 boxes (14 linear ft.)
Other Finding Aids
I. Description: The albums were originally in containers 38-49 of MSS 340.The first four albums are 13-1/4 x 9-1/4 inches (33-1/2 x 48-1/2 cm.). Covers are red and pages are grey. The prints are 35 mm. and are in strips. Identification and numbering is generally in blue ink. Harris's numbers are variously written on the strip, above the strip, or below the strip, and sometimes printed on the strip. Anything varying from this description is stated under each album. Lining papers were added between the pages.
In January 1998, Album 4 (photographs taken in Persia 1939-1940) had already had the photographs removed. Each page of photograph strips was wrapped in a separate white paper and these packets filled a box. It was decided to put the photographs back in the scrapbook with plastic photo corners due to the identification in Harris's handwriting that remained in the scrapbook. In addition, many of the scrapbooks had a few isolated corners coming loose. Album 2 (photographs taken from 1936-1941) had a significant number of completely loose strips, especially in the back of the album. These were also secured with plastic photo corners.
II. Numbering: Harris's system of numbering in the albums was to number the pages with letters of the alphabet and number each photograph on the page from 1 to the end of the page, usually around 30-36. When the alphabet was finished he would start over with AA, and even a third round with AAA. There are albums where the pages are lettered in pencil. It is assumed that these were done later and those pages are in brackets, although they may have been done under Harris's direction. Occasionally, the strips have been glued into the scrapbooks in the wrong order. In this case, the order of the identifications and the Photographic Archives number follows the order of the strips in the book and not the written numerical order.
Both numbers and unnumbered blanks and ruined images are included in the Photographic Archives numbers, whether or not Harris included them in his numbering. However, if Harris is missing a number and there is no photograph, these have not been included in the Photographic Archives numbers.