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John C. Swenson photograph collection

Identifier: UA 5413

Scope and Contents

Contains negatives and photographs of students, the mountains around Provo and Mount Timpanogos, and various pictures taken by John C. Swenson.


  • 1900-1929


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 John C. Swenson photograph collection must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John Canute Swenson was born on February 4, 1869 in Pleasant Grove, Utah to Knud (Canute) Svendsen and Johanne Maire Pedersen. He graduated from Brigham Young Academy High School in 1888 and Brigham Young Academy Collegiate Diploma in 1900. Swenson joined the faculty at Brigham Young Academy in 1898 and was chairman of the Sociology Department for thirty years. He was the Dean of the College Division from 1904-1910; the school's first coach; and Dean of the College of Education from 1921-1225. He was associated in the Lyceum program (concert and artist series) with Herald R. Clark for many years. A room in the Smith Family Living Center and a building in the Wymount Terrace residence complex were named in his honor. He died on August 30, 1953 in Provo, Utah.


4 boxes (2 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into two series: 1. John C. Swenson Nitrate negatives, 1900-1929. 2. John C. Swenson photographs.

The collection has been left in its original order.


Part of University Archives; college records (University Archives collecting policy February 2010).

Related Materials

See also John C. Swenson letters, 1904 (MSS SC 2375).

Processing Information

Processed; Matthew Leavitt; August 2008.

Register of John C. Swenson photograph collection
Matthew Leavitt
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. University Archives Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo UT 84602 US