J Malan Heslop early photographic work, 1939-1948
Scope and Contents
Includes 2,403 photographs and 25 slides from before Heslop's Army experience, 1939-1943, and immediately after his release from the army in 1946, and the beginning of his photojournalism career in 1948. Briefly and sporadically documented are his years at Weber High School and Weber College in Ogden, Utah, and a short stay in Los Angeles while attending Los Angeles City College and majoring in photography. Utah State Agricultural College is extensively photographed, and there are many photographs from Cimarroncita Ranch Camp in New Mexico, where many of the campers are identified by name. There are also photographs taken throughout Utah and the West. Materials dated 939-1948.
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Open for public research.
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It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from J Malan Heslop photographs and other material must be obtained from the Supervisor of References Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
J. Malan Heslop (1923-2011) was an American photojournalist, newspaper editor, and missionary from Utah.
J. Malan Heslop was born June 18, 1923, in Taylor, Weber County, Utah, to Jesse and Zella Malan Heslop. His birth certificate confirms that his name is J without the period. As Heslop would say, "It's a name and not an initial." When he was three years old the family moved to a farm in West Weber, Utah, where he grew up as the oldest of three children. Heslop's love of photography was inspired and encouraged by his father, Jesse, who acquired a glass plate camera around 1906. By the time Heslop was born, Jesse had the popular Kodak roll film folding camera. Heslop describes photography as an "abiding factor" in his life. In 1939 he began attending Weber High School, where one of his favorite school activities was taking photos for the yearbook. He graduated from high school on May 17, 1941, and enrolled at Weber College in Ogden, Utah, in the fall of 1941. He decided to study photography at Los Angeles City College and registered in September 1942. In October 1942 he enlisted in the Army Reserve Corps and by early November he was studying at Paramount Studios as a part of the Signal Corps Photographers School. By April 1943 he was called to active duty.
Before departing for Europe, Heslop married Fae Stokes on May 1, 1944, in the Salt Lake Temple of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. His photographs provide a moving and memorable visual witness to the final nine months of the war's European Theater, from September 1944 to the end of the war in May 1945.
Upon his return Heslop reunited with his wife, Fae, and enrolled at Utah State Agricultural College (now Utah State University). He graduated with a bachelor's degree in Agriculture in the spring of 1948 and almost immediately he was hired by the Deseret News as a photographer. During his busy professional years, J. and Fae Heslop also raised a family of five children—Paul, daughter Lyn, Scott, Ann, and Don—and became the grandparents of nineteen.
J. Malan Heslop was foremost a photojournalist, with a career which spanned forty-five years. He was a photographer in World War II for the 167 Army Signal Photographic Company in the European Theater, and spent forty years with the Deseret News newspaper. During his distinguished forty-year career, he served twenty years as the chief photographer, eight years as Church News editor, and ten years as managing editor of the Deseret News, with three years as a mission president for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Heslop covered local, national, and international events while at the Deseret News, from the inauguration of Utah's governors to those of presidents of the United States. Professional honors included being ranked by Life magazine as sixth among 1720 entrants for its young photographers contest in 1951. In 1972 the Deseret News rewarded Heslop its first-ever "Outstanding Performance Award." Upon retirement in 1988 J and Fae continued to travel, spend time with family, and be involved in their church. J. took photographs wherever he went. Fae passed away in Salt Lake City on November 29, 2009. J. Malan Heslop died on July 29, 2011, in Salt Lake City, Utah.
Language of Materials
Arranged into six subseries: 1. J Malan Heslop photographs of early years at schools, 1939-1948. 2. J Malan Heslop photographs of Cimarroncita Ranch Camp, New Mexico, 1939-1948. 3. J Malan Heslop photographs from Utah State Agricultural College, 1939-1948. 4. J Malan Heslop photographs from Cache Valley, Utah, 1939-1948. 5. J Malan Heslop photographs of people not associated with Utah State Agricultural College, 1939-1948. 6. J Malan Heslop agricultural subjects, 1939-1948.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
- Cimarroncita Ranch Camp (N.M.) -- Photographs
- Los Angeles City College -- Photographs
- Utah -- Photographs
- Weber College -- Photographs
- World War, 1939-1945 -- Photographs
- Heslop, J. Malan, 1923-2011 (photographer, Person)
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