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Elbert H. Porter papers

 File — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7750

Scope and Contents

Contains the personal history of Elbert H. Porter and a book about the dinosaurs that he sculpted for Utah dinosaur parks.


  • 1982-1990


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 the Elbert H. Porter papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical history

Elbert H. Porter (1917-1999) was a prominent LDS sculptor.

Elbert Heaton Porter was born in Orderville, Utah, on June 1, 1917. In his twenties, Elbert received art training from Maynard Dixon. During World War II, he was a patternmaker for Solar Aircraft Co. in California. On December 18, 1941, Elbert married Frances Brady. After the war ended, Elbert studied at Brigham Young University. He received his master's degree in Fine Arts from the University of Utah and taught sculpture classes there for 12 years. Elbert sculpted a variety of things: Joseph Smith kneeling in the Sacred Grove, the gold-leafed Angel Moroni that was used in five World's Fairs, and dinosaurs for Vernal's dinosaur gardens. He died June 8, 1999.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Materials are left in original order.

Custodial History

Donated in 2011.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; 2011.


Utah and the American West and LDS cultural, social, and religious history (20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts collection development policy 5.VII, August 2007.)

Shows family life and art of an LDS sculptor in the 20th century.

Processing Information

Processed; Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator; 2011.

Register of the Elbert H. Porter papers
Elizabeth Ballif, student processor, and John M. Murphy, curator
2011 June
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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