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Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima / Joe Rosenthal

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8628

Scope and Contents

Materials include one print of Joe Rosenthal's photograph "Raising the flag on Iwo Jima". It depicts five members of the U.S. Armed Forces raising an American flag. The photograph is dated 23 February 1945. There is a note inscribed on the back which reads: "10/21/91 Dear Nelson, Brent Peterson foned [sic.] to ask if I had a print of the flag photo for you. Here 'tis. Cheers, Joe Rosenthal"


  • 1945 February 23


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 Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima / Joe Rosenthal must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Joe Rosenthal (1911-2006) was an American photographer, renowned for his photograph of American soldiers raising the flag over Iwo Jima.

Joe Rosenthal was born October 9, 1911 in Washington, D.C. His interest in photography started during the Great Depression. He was rejected by the U.S. Army as a photographer during World War II for poor eyesight, so he joined the Associated Press and followed the U.S. Marine Corps in the Pacific Theater of Operations. He won the Pulitzer Prize in 1945 for his photograph of five Marines and one Navy corpsman raising the American flag on Mt. Suribachi during the battle of Iwo Jima. He died August 20, 2006.


1 photograph (0.01 linear ft.) : b&w ; 20 x 25 cm



Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Custodial History

The photograph was given to Nelson Wadsworth by the photographer, Joe Rosenthal, in 1991. The L. Tom Perry Collections purchased it from Nelson B. and Gale F. Wadsworth in December 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purhcased; from Nelson B. and Gale F. Wadsworth; 2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


Register of Raising the Flag on Iwo Jima / Joe Rosenthal
Anne Ashton
2014 December 19
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