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George Fiske photographs of the West

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 381

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 11 photographs of the West taken by George Fiske. Includes images of Yosemite, horse riding, and landscapes. Dated approximately 1870-1919.


  • approximately 1870-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 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

George Fiske was born October 21, 1835 in Amhert, New Hampshire to David Fiske and Harriet Nurse Fiske. In 1858, he moved to Sacramento, California where he worked as a banking clerk for his half-brother. By 1864, he was working as a freelance photographer in San Francisco. Between 1868 and 1879, he worked as an assistant to Carleton E. Watkins and he worked with Eadweard Muybridge photographing Yosemite. He married Elmira F. Morrill on April 16, 1873 in San Jose, California. After her death in 1897, he met and married Caroline "Carrie" Paul on October 17, 1898; she died in 1917. In 1879, Fiske moved to the Yosemite Valley, where he became the first year-round resident photographer. He stayed there for rest of his life, until he died on October 20, 1918.


1 folder (0.02 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

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

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown; 2022.


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 George Fiske photographs of the West
Under Revision
Lucas J. Chehda
2012 February 24
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