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George M. Ottinger papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 7532

Scope and Contents

Collection consists of an artist notebook and art journal, scrapbook, along with various loose papers. Ottinger's art journal is full of hand written instructions on colors he mixed to achieve multiple shades used for many of his paintings. Approximately half of the scrapbook is empty and contains magazine articles Ottinger wrote for The Juvenile Instructor, the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints' youth magazine, entitled "America,” which are glued into the scrapbook. These articles were researched and put together by Ottinger in order to prove that the Book of Mormon was historically correct. The dates of the articles range from November 28, 1874 to January 23, 1876 and were originally published in volumes 9-11, 14, and 16. Some of the articles have handwritten notes and commentary added by Ottinger.


  • 1874-1912


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 George M. Ottinger papers must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

George M. Ottinger (1833-1917) was an artist, administrator, and photographer in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was a Mormon convert who joined the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1861. While he was in Utah, he painted scenery for the Salt Lake Theatre, served as president of the University of Deseret, and was a partner with C.R. Savage.


3 folders (0.30 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order, with the exception of a few articles that were removed and placed into a separate file for preservation.

Custodial History

Collection was purchased from Peter Crawley on January 25, 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Peter Crawley; 2010.


19th Century Western and Mormon Manuscripts.

Collection contains articles and accounts that were compiled to prove the Book of Mormon's authenticity.

Physical Description

The George M. Ottinger scrapbook is aged, but in good condition. The George M. Ottinger artist's notebook and art journal is also aged and the cover is damaged by liquid.

Processing Information

Processed; Devon Zimmerman, student manuscript processor, and David Whittaker, curator; 2010.

Register of George M. Ottinger papers
Devon Zimmerman
2010 September 02
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
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