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George Beard art collection and Coalville Cooperative records

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 2293

Scope and Contents

George Beard materials: 7 cartons of art and art history books, ca. 1850s to 1920s; 1 carton of glass plates (exposed and unopened boxes); 2 cartons of photographic prints by Beard (early 20th century); Two cartons containing two early 20th c. cameras; 1 artist's easel and 1 camera tripod; 5 paintings (some may be by Paul Beard); 1 carton of lithographic prints. Paul Beard materials: 3 hand made musical intruments and ca. 1930s adding machine. Coalville Cooperative Records: (later Paul's Grocery Store), ca. 1890s to 1940s. George Beard est. the coop and his son continued the business later under this personal name. 2 cartons of business records and 1 carton of legal and land records of the coop. This is the final installment of an existing photography collection (Mss p-3 which has been combined with this accession and recataloged as Mss. 2226).


  • 1850-1949


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

Biographical History

George Beard was an early Utah artist, photographer, and legislator. He owned the Coalville Cooperative. Later he sold it to his son, Paul, who changed the name to Paul's Grocery Store.


16 cartons (16 linear ft.)

10 items

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Items kept on the store property until sold to BYU.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Thelma Crandall and Pauline Hills; 2000.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.


During a search in October 2018, the majority of the boxes for this collection could not be found. Some of them may have been dispersed to other collections, including MSS 795, which is currently in the 20th Century repository and includes one ledger of the Coalville Co-operative Mercantile Institution minutes, dated 1869-1959, and one stock certificate booklet. The only boxes currentlty connected to this record are three oversize boxes: two for paintings by George Beard, and one for a xylophone owned by George Beard. It was decided to shadow this record from the catalog until the rest of the boxes were located. We might consider updating the catalog record to reflect the actual boxes of this collection if the other boxes or items are never found. Ryan K. Lee, October 16, 2018

Register of George Beard art collection and Coalville Cooperative records
Garrett Schroath
2011 May 13
Description rules
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