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John K. Hillers stereograph

 Item — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 7721

Scope and Contents

Albumen print stereograph by Hillers of John Wesley Powell with the Ute woman Tau-ruv, taken in the Uinta Valley, Utah around 1874. It is from the "Indians of the Colorado Valley" series entitled "The Mirror Case." It was printed for the U.S. Topographical and Geological Survey of the Colorado River of the West by J.W. Powell and A.H. Thompson.


  • circa 1874


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Item kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from John K. Hillers stereograph must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical History

John K. Hillers (1843-1925) was a German American photographer in the West.

John Karl Hillers was born in Hanover, Germany, in 1843. He came to the United States in 1852. He worked as a teamster in Salt Lake City where he met John Wesley Powell. Originally hired as a boatman for the second Powell expedition down the Colorado River in 1871, he started to assist the expedition's photographers (E.O. Beamanand then James Fennemore) after a while. Hillers was Powell's chief expedition photographer on the trip down the Grand Canyon the next year. He officially retired in 1900, but continued to take photographs for the United States Geological Survey until 1919. He died in 1925.


1 folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Maintained in original order.

Custodial History

This collection was purchased from Charles Schwartz in 2010.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Purchased; Charles Schwartz; 2010.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Lionel Thomas, student processor; 2011.

Register of the John K. Hillers stereograph
Lionel Thomas
2011 January 14
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