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Willard Luce photographs of animals, 1960-1985

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 718 Series 1

Scope and Contents

This series contains color transparencies, 35mm and 7x7 cm slides, and black and white prints taken by Willard Luce. The sereis contains images of animals. There are many variaties of water birds, tree birds and birds found at the zoo. Many of the animals such as elk, bears, and moose were photographed in their natural habitat from many locations specifically in national parks such as Yellowstone. There is also an extensive collection of deer specifically found in Utah.


  • 1960-1985


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

Biographical History

From the Collection:

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce (1914- 2008) was an author, poet, and educator in Utah.

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce was born December 3, 1914, in Provo, Utah. She was the daughter of Bent Franklin Larsen and Marthat Geneva Day Larsen. Celia earned a Normal Degree from BYU in 1936 and a B.S. in 1938. She taught elementary school in Bear River City, Utah (1936-37). She taught in Spring Lake, Utah (1938-1940). Durning World War II she taught in the Alpine School District. Celia was a writer and had many articles and poems published that were accompanied by Wilalrd's photographs. She died in 2008 and was buried in the Provo City cemetery.

Bigraphical History

From the Collection:

Willard Ray Luce, Jr. (1914-1990) was an educator, writer, and photographer in Utah.

Willard Ray Luce, Jr., educator, writer, and photographer, was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Price, Utah. He was the son of Willard Ray Luce, Sr., and Rachel Olsen Luce. He married Celia Grnrva Larsen on June 3, 1940, in Salt Lake City, Utah. During World War II, from 1945-46, he served in the Merchant Marines. Willard attended BYU and earned a Normal Degree in 1938 and a B.S. in 1947. He taught school in San Juan County, Utah (1938-19544). He taught in the Alpine School District, Orem, Utah (1944-45, 1948-54 and 1955-1973). He taught jounalism courses at BYU (1946-1947).Willard was a member of the League of Writers, serving as state President in 1948-49. Willard wrote numerous stories and atricles that were published in various magazine, newspapers and textbooks. He was also a prolific photographer. He especially photographed the western United States. He died in September 28, 1990.


10 boxes (5 (linear ft.))

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