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E. A. Brininstool collection of Western photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 68

Scope and Contents

Collection includes original and reproduction photographs, lithographs, negatives, and wood printing blocks related to the American West. Images includes sites of battles with Native Americans, historical figures involved in the development of the West, buildings, and landmarks. Subjects include Wild Bill Hickock, Luther S. Kelly, Amos Chapman, Alfred Howe Terry, Annie Oakley, Billy the Kid, Calamity Jane, George A. Custer, Philip Henry Sheridan, Red Cloud, and sportted Tail. Materials were collected by E.A. Brininstool, including some photographs taken by Brininstool. Materials dated 1860-1949.


  • approximately 1860-1949


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folder 1: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folders 2-3: 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

Brininstool (1870-1957) was an American author and historian of the American West.

Earl Alonzo Brininstool was born on October 11, 1870, in Warsaw, New York. He moved to Los Angles, California in 1895, where he spent most of his life. He worked for a local newspaper in Los Angeles, but later became a freelance writer. He became a prolific author, writing on western history and on General Custer in the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Though he never worked as a cowboy, he composed thousands of cowboy poems. Brininstool died on July 28, 1957, in Los Angeles.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

2 folders (0.01 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Donated by Fred A. Rosenstock in 2014 after being purchased by the donor from Dawson's Bookshop in Los Angeles, California.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Fred Rosenstock; 2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the E.A. Brininstool papers (MSS 1412).

Processing Information

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

Register of E. A. Brininstool collection of Western photographs
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 December 15
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