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Glenn Embree commercial photographs, 1945-1995, 2015

Identifier: MSS 8684 Series 3

Scope and Contents

Photographs, transparencies, negatives, and oversize prints by photographer Glenn Embree, featuring cars, including vintage Fords, farm equipment, the Learjet, and advertisement photographs of food, clothing, flowers, and other products. Contains some scrapbooks of clippings of original advertisements. Also contains calendars featuring photographs by Glenn Embree. Materials dated 1945 to 1995 and 2015.


  • 1945-1995
  • 2015


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 the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

From the Collection:

Glenn Virgil Embree was born February 17, 1914, in Lakeport, California to Roy Virgil Embree and Eva Pearl Hendricks. He attended the University of California at Berkeley (USC), pursuing a major in art. He later studied motion picture photography and set direction at USC. He developed a passion for photography as a set designer at MGM and went to work at Paul Hesse Studios in the late 1930s. He married Phyllis Forbes Caspary on May 18, 1941, in San Gabriel, California. The following year, he joined the Air Force and served as a photo officer in China during World War II. He resumed his career in commercial photography at Hesse's upon his return in 1946. He later opened his own studio in Hollywood, where he was quickly recognized as a color portrait and fashion photographer, with work appearing in or on the cover of "Harper's," "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," and "Look." During his fifty year career in Hollywood, he photographed hundreds of motion picture, television, and recording celebrities for portraits and commercial endorsements. His commercial photography portfolio includes advertisements for automobiles, aircraft, food, fashion, entertainment, and architecture. In 1988, Glenn moved to southeast Idaho, where he continued to produce calendar photographs on classic automobiles, antique aircraft, barns, trains, and farm equipment. He died on February 20, 1995.


1 box

2 half boxes

147 folders

10 oversize boxes

18 oversize folders

Language of Materials


Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of materials stored on computer discs and a hard drive available in Box 11 (Folders 8 and 9) and Box 56.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States