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Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 2659

Scope and Contents

Contains nine letters from Eugene F. Heil to relatives and seven prints made from copy negatives of Eugene F. Heil during World War II.

Dates

  • approximately 1940

Creator

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 Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Eugene Francis Heil (1925-1968) was a photographer in New York.

Gene Heil was born March 25, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He began the study of the violin at eight, and became concertmeister of the St. Louis Philharmonic by sixteen. After high school, he served with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific (New Guinea and the Philippines) during the Second World War. He was battalion photographer and was later encouraged to cultivate it as a medium in the fine arts.

After two years of military service, he attended the world-famed Parsons School of Design in New York City for three years; he also spent a term at the Parsons Atelier in Paris, which included an extensive tour of the arts of France and Italy. In 1950, he became a protégé of Lady Mendl at Versailles, and later, of Andre Ostier in Paris. He photographed members of the French government and aristocracy for French magazines. Gene photographed mainly fashion and architecture in Europe, Africa, North and South America.

Over the years, he was a photographer for the National Audubon Society, from 1946 to 1949, and for Ostier Associates, from 1949 to 1952; and a Public Relations Officer for the U.S. Army, from 1952 to 1954. He founded Gene Heil Studios (for General Commercial Photography and Interior Design) in 1954, and it remained open until his death.

Gene joined the Church in June 1963 and devoted his artistic talents to the Lord's service, as well as to Cole Porter’s 'Out of This World.' As of May 1967, he was Assistant to the Director of the Research Project on World Music within the School of International Affairs of Columbia University. He was also employed with Aladdin Business Service (seasonal sales of resort brochures, postcards, photography, and commemorative Church books), from 1963 to 1968. He married Lillian Elinor Harmon June 10, 1967. He died in an automobile accident a year later.

Extent

1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

Language

English

Custodial History

Lillian, wife of Eugene F. Heil, donated the letters and photographs to Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Lillian Harmon Heil.

Appraisal

Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Title
Register of Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs
Status
Completed
Author
Abe Austin
Date
2012 March 26
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
English
Script of description
Latin
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

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