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Detroit Publishing Co. photographs and postcard of the West

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 287

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs and postcards created by the Detroit Publishing Co. with images of the American West, including Yellowstone National Park and the Grand Canyon. Includes photochrom prints. Also includes one copy negative. Dated approximately 1890-1939.


  • approximately 1890-1939


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folders 1-3: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 4: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

The Detroit Publishing Company was founded in the 1890s by William A. Livingstone, Jr. and Edwin H. Husher. They got the exclusive rights to the Photocrom process for converting black and white photographs to color photolithographs; this allowed them to mass produce color postcards and prints. Livingstone persuaded William Henry Jackson to join the company in 1897, adding his catalog to the company's inventory. At around the same time, they also expanded their offerings to photographic copies of art. In 1905, the company changed its name to the Detroit Publishing Company. The company went into receivership in 1924 and liquidated their assets in 1932.


1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

3 folders (0.08 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were separated from MSS P 167, H.H. Tammen Company photographs and postcards.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; August 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Detroit Publishing Co. photographs and postcard of the West
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 November 23
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