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John Homer Wakefield photographs

Identifier: MSS P 501

Scope and Contents

Collection includes 159 photographs, mainly of Mormon architecture in Utah including shots of temples, churches, tabernacles, and homes. Also included are some candid photographs of New York City. All are gelatin silver prints taken by John Homer Wakefield. Dated approximately 1916-1984.


  • approximately 1916-1984


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 the Supervisor of Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

John Homer Wakefield was born on July 12, 1901 in Huntington, Utah. He married Louise Katherine Russell on January 31, 1942; they would go on to have six children. He graduated from Brigham Young University (BYU) with a degree in Botany. He obtained an advanced musicology degree from the University of Minnesota before joining the BYU music faculty in 1946. He was also an avid photographer and had photographs and portfolios published and displayed in a number of publications and locations. John Wakefield died on April 15, 1989 in Provo, Utah.


7 folders (0.4 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by J. Homer Wakefield, the creator, in 1986. The materials were originally donated with 156 photographs of the campus of Brigham Young University; the collection was divided into two parts, with the first part retained by the University Archives.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; J. Homer Wakefield; 1986.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the John Homer Wakefield papers (MSS 1990).

Processing Information

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

Register of John Homer Wakefield photographs
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 March 06
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