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Reise-Erinnerungen photograph album

 Item — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 8745

Scope and Contents

Materials include a photograph album containing photographs gathered throughout the original owner's travels, with the words "Reise-Erinnerungen," German for "Travel Memories," inscribed on the cover. Included are photographs of San Francisco, California; Salt Lake City, Utah; Denver, Colorado; Niagara Falls; New York City, New York; and Washington, D.C. These photographs were taken by I.W. Taber, William Henry Jackson, J.S. Johnston, and Gebrüder Wehrli, among other unidentified photographers. Materials dated 1897.


  • 1897


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. 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

William Henry Jackson was born April 4, 1843, in Keeseville, New York. He was a man of great energy and love for the outdoors and especially the breadth and heights of the mountain West. His life spanned the first century of the new visual art of photography and the great era of westward expansion. He began his photography career in 1858 in New York as a photographic retouching artist in the burgeoning photography industry and ended it in New York City with his death in 1942. In between these years he became increasingly proficient in his chosen field through his studio and field work in Omaha, Nebraska, his nine year odyssey as the official photographer with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden’s United States Geological Survey of the Territories, his 15 years in Denver, Colorado, 17 months of Asian and Pacific travel with the World Transportation Commission, his 27 years in Detroit associated with the Detroit Photographic Company and its successor the Detroit Publishing Company, and finally his highly productive "so-called" retirement years from 1924 to 1942. He died on June 30, 1942, in New York, New York at the age of 99.

Biographical / Historical

Isaiah West Taber was born August 17, 1830, to Freeman Faber and Louisa Dean in New Bedford, Massachusetts. He moved to California in 1850 but moved back to Syracuse, New York in 1854 to open his first photography studio. In 1862, he married Ann Slocum. They had a daughter together, Daisy Tabor, in 1876. He also had two children, a son and a daughter, Louisa Taber, with Mary F. R. Howland in 1860 and 1861. He then returned to California in 1864, where he worked in the studio of Bradley and Rulofson until 1873. He opened his own studio in 1871, where he produced his own photographs but also gained fame for reproducing those of Carleton Watkins. His work in the 1880s included a six-week photographic trip to the Hawaiian Islands. By the 1890s, he had expanded to include studios in London, England and throughout Europe. However, the 1906 San Francisco earthquake destroyed his San Francisco studio, gallery, and negative collection, thus ending his photographic career. He died February 22, 1912 in San Francisco.

Biographical / Historical

Gebrüder Wehrli was formed by Arthur, Bruno, and Harry Wehrli in the mid-1890s. They primarily took photographs of and around the Swiss Alps. Their work is known for very sharp black and white contrast and for their eye for detail. Their photographs were popular in the 1890s and early 20th century as tourist postcards. In 1904, they merged with Bachmann of Lucerne to become Wehrli AG and Company.

Biographical / Historical

John S. Johnston was born sometime in the late 1830s in Britain. He had moved to New York City by the late 1880s, where he worked actively to photograph maritime scenes, especially yachts, and landscapes. Among his landscape photography, his photographs of New York City landmarks and cityscapes are most prominent. He died suddenly on December 17, 1899, at Niagara Falls.


1 album (unpaged) : black and white ; 40 cm

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were purchased by the L. Tom Perry Special Collections from Ron Lerner in 2015. Mr. Lerner previously bought them from an unknown individual in Germany.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Ron Lerner; 2015.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2015.

Register of Reise-Erinnerungen photograph album
In Progress
Anne Ashton
2015 May 5
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