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Franklin Stewart Harris photograph album of Iran, 1939-1941

 Item — oversize: 6
Identifier: MSS P 340 Series 5 Item 4

Scope and Contents

Contains contact prints of Harris' travels to Iran, as well as images of the Harris family and of Brigham Young University. Photographs date from between 1939 and 1941.


  • 1939-1941

Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items 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


1 volume ; 34 x 49 cm

Language of Materials


Other Finding Aids

Item-level inventory available online.

Custodial History

In January 1998, Album 4 (photographs taken in Persia 1939-1940) had already had the photographs removed. Each page of photograph strips was wrapped in a separate white paper and these packets filled a box. It was decided to put the photographs back in the scrapbook with plastic photo corners due to the identification in Harris's handwriting that remained in the scrapbook. In addition, many of the scrapbooks had a few isolated corners coming loose. Album 2 (photographs taken from 1936-1941) had a significant number of completely loose strips, especially in the back of the album. These were also secured with plastic photo corners.


Note on inside cover: "Pictures taken by F. S. Harris in Persia (Iran), 1939-1940. Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah."


Includes prints 7003-8464.


Covers are red and pages are grey. The prints are 35 mm and are in strips. Identification and numbering is generally in blue ink. Harris's numbers are variously written on the strip, above the strip, or below the strip, and sometimes printed on the strip. Anything varying from this description is stated under each album. Lining papers were added between the pages.

Harris's system of numbering in the albums was to number the pages with letters of the alphabet and number each photograph on the page from 1 to the end of the page, usually around 30-36. When the alphabet was finished he would start over with AA, and even a third round with AAA. There are albums where the pages are lettered in pencil. It is assumed that these were done later and those pages are in brackets, although they may have been done under Harris's direction. Occasionally, the strips have been glued into the scrapbooks in the wrong order. In this case, the order of the identifications and the Photographic Archives number follows the order of the strips in the book and not the written numerical order.

Both numbers and unnumbered blanks and ruined images are included in the Photographic Archives numbers, whether or not Harris included them in his numbering. However, if Harris is missing a number and there is no photograph, these have not been included in the Photographic Archives numbers.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US