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Underwood and Underwood stereographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: MSS 7689

Scope and Contents

The collection includes 39 stereographs, 37 of which are from an edition of the Latter-Day Saints' Tour from Palmyra New York to Salt Lake City. The other two stereographs are of the interior of the Mormon Tabernacle (1904) and the Eagle Gate (1904) photographed by B.W. Kilburn. A photocopy of the pamphlet "The Latter-Day Saints' Tour: from Palmyra, New York to Salt Lake City, through the stereoscope" by Brigham H. Roberts. A photocopied copy of "Sterographs and Stereotypes: A 1904 View of Mormonism" by Richard Neitzel Holzapfel. A CD with files: anaglyphs, documents, Joseph Johnstun, Stereo Photo Maker Software, Stereo Pairs, README (file). An aluminum stereoviewer.


  • 1903-1905


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

Permission to publish material from the Underwood and Underwood stereographs held in the L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University must be obtained in writing from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the Board of Curators.

Administrative history

In 1882 Elmer and Ben Underwood set up an office on Ottawa, Kansas to distribute Eastern photographers' stereographs to the Western market with door-to-door salesmen. By 1891, they had established a plant in Ottawa to manufature stereo photographic cameras, stereo views and stereoscopes; moved their headquarters to New York City, opened branch offices in Baltimore, New York, and Liverpool. By 1901, Underwood and Underwood was manufacturing packaged sets of stereo views--25,000 a day (more than seven million a a year), and 300,000 stereoscopes a year.

See Richard Neitzel Holzapfel, "Stereographs and Stereotypes: A 1904 View of Mormonism," Journal of Mormon History 18 (Fall 1992): 155—76.


1 box (0.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

The collection was donated by Marjorie Johannes in 2010. Joseph Johnstun and Steve Richardson had the stereographs before Marjorie.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marjorie Johannes; 2010.


Photographs (Photograph Archives)

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student photograph processor; 2010.


Register of the Underwood and Underwood stereographs
In Progress
Lionel Thomas
2010 November 2
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