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O. Norman Geertsen papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 4245

Scope and Contents note

Collection includes research notes and papers from Oscar Norman Geertsen’s years as a student at Brigham Young University and University of California-Los Angeles and then as a professor at Brigham Young University. Includes six negatives that were a part of Oscar Norman Geertsen’s color separation experiment using 3 different filters for each shot (2 different shots).


  • circa 1939-1978


Conditions Governing Access note

Negatives restricted. Remainder is open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use note

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Oscar Norman Geertsen's papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

Oscar Norman Geertsen was born on February 10, 1904 in Weber, Utah, to Oscar Geertsen and Ina Belle Buckingham. On August 14, 1930 he married Celia Romney in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a professor of sciences at Brigham Young University. Oscar Norman Geertsen died on September 16, 1978 in Provo, Utah.


3 cartons (3 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Collection includes research notes, papers and 6 negatives from Oscar Norman Geertsen’s years as a student at Brigham Young University and UCLA and then as a professor at Brigham Young University.

Custodial History note

Donated by Oscar Norman Geertsen in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated; Oscar Norman Geertsen; 1989.

Appraisal note

LDS scholarship (Collection development policy of 20th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts, August 2007).

Separated Materials note

Negatives housed separately from collection.

Processing Information note

Processed; Meghan Mathews; 9 August 2007.

Register of Oscar Norman Geertsen papers
Meghan Mathews, Karen Glenn, student processors; John M. Murphy, curator
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Language of description note
Finding aid written in English in Latin script.

Repository Details

Part of the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Repository

1130 HBLL
Brigham Young University
Provo Utah 84602 United States