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Department of Physics collection of photographic equipment

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: UA 5755

Scope and Contents

Cameras and photographic equipment from the Physics Department. Collection has 85 pieces including a Prosch Triplex Stereoscopic, a stereo viewer, camera lenses from various makers, film canisters, diffusers, glass dry plates and holders, light meters, two Pocket Kodaks, one Polaroid, one Fotron III, three Graflex cameras, one Century View model 40, a homemade bellow camera with color filters, film developing tools, Kodak paper catalog, large format lenses, examples of undeveloped film, and a contact printer. Materials dated 1890-1970.


  • approximately 1890-1970


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Wayne B. Hales was born in Spanish Fork, Utah on December 20, 1893. Hales was the son of Jonathan Hyrum Hales and Martha Ann Brockbank. As a youth Hales worked with his father in the Tintic Mines. He earned a bachelors degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) in 1916. After graduating from BYU, Hales taught at Ricks College (now BYU-Idaho) from 1916–1921. In 1916, Hales married Isabel Ethel Wilson and together they had six childresn. Hales served as president of Snow College from 1921–1924. Over the years he pursued advanced degrees at the University of Chicago and the University of Utah. He focused full-time on studies from 1924–1926 at the California Institute of Technology culminating in a Ph.D.From 1926–1930 Hales taught at Weber College (now Weber State University). He then joined BYU in the physics department. During World War II, Hales was the coordinator for the BYU affiliated civilian pilot training corps' ground school. He was the only faculty member in the department and taught all of the classes. In 1950, Hales served as the chair of BYU's Diamond Jubilee Committee. He was the dean of the General College of BYU from 1958–1964. After his wife, Isabel, passed away in 1963, Hales married Vivian Smart Parkinson in 1965. Later, in the 1960s, he was chairman of BYU's athletic committee. Besides physics, Hales also taught courses at BYU in astronomy, meteorology, mechanics, math and photography. Hales taught the first classes in photography at BYU and was involved in forming the BYU Photo Studio. Hales also served as chairman of BYU's Athletics Council from 1952-1967. He became an emeritus professor in 1972 but continued to show up at BYU every day. Among other projects, he wrote some of the typescripts used as sources for the four volume centennial history of BYU. He also taught in BYU's Continuing Education department until his death on May 3, 1980.


8 cartons (8 linear ft.)

1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

12 oversize boxes (7.95 linear ft.)

7 objects (12.69 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were collected by Wayne B. Hales while teaching photography and physics courses at Brigham Young University. Upon his retirement, the materials were donated to the University Archives by the Department of Physics.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Brigham Young University. Department of Physics; 1987.


Faculty (University Archives Collection Development Policy, V. b. ii. 2. b, October 2015).

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser and Karen Glenn; May 8, 2023. Materials were rehoused according to type and size to accomodate the fragility of objects.

  • Two boxes of nitrate film paper
Department of Physics collection of photographic equipment
In Progress
2023 May 8
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