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Photograph of Salt Lake Temple

 Item — item: 1
Identifier: MSS 8241

Scope and Contents

The item is a photograph of the Salt Lake Temple. The photograph was taken between the laying of the capstone in April 1892 and the dedication in April 1893. A part of the Salt Lake Tabernacle is barely visible on the left side of the photograph. Trees surround the Temple, but the gardens have not yet been planted. Two ladders and a man can be seen on the west spires.


  • approximately 1892-1893

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances/ Permission to publish material from Photograph of Salt Lake Temple must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

On July 28, 1847, just four days after arriving in the Salt Lake Valley, Brigham Young marked out the location for the Salt Lake Temple. The temple site was dedicated on February 14, 1853 by Heber C. Kimball, and Brigham Young presided over the groundbreaking ceremonies on April 6 of that year. Truman O. Angell was appointed as the architect. The capstone was laid on April 6, 1892, and the Salt Lake Temple was dedicated by Wilford Woodruff exactly 40 years after the cornerstone was laid, on April 6, 1893.


1 photograph ((1.5 linear ft.) ) : b&w ; 41 x 51 cm.

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

The item donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections in 2012 by Gwendolyn Mitchell. It was found in the walls of the Jensen Mansion in 1964 before the mansion was torn down.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Gwendolyn Mitchell; 2012.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.

Register of Photograph of Salt Lake Temple
Anne Ashton
2013 August 8
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