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The Devil's Slide, Weber Canyon, Utah / Carleton Watkins

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 8631

Scope and Contents

Materials include one photograph of the Devil's Slide rock formation in Weber Canyon, Utah. The photograph was taken by Carleton Watkins. Materials dated 1855.


  • approximately 1855


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 The Devil's Slide, Weber Canyon, Utah / Carleton Watkins must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

Carleton Watkins (1829-1916) was an American photographer known especially for his photographs of Yosemite.

Carleton Watkins was born on 11 November 1829 to John and Julia Watkins in Oneonta, New York. He moved to San Francisco with Collis Huntington in 1851 in hopes of finding gold. In San Francisco, he met Robert Vance and began working in his photography studio. It was here that he learned about photography. He began his own photography business in 1858. He became famous for his many photographs of Yosemite throughout his career. He married Frances Sneed in 1878 and had two children: a daughter, Julia, in 1881 and a son, Collis, in 1883. He began to lose his sight in the 1890s and was therefore unable to continue his work. He died in 1916.


1 photograph (0.01 linear ft.) : b&w ; 40.5 x 50 cm

Language of Materials


Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Custodial History

Materials were purchased by L. Tom Perry Special Collections from Lee Gallery, Inc. in 2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2014.

Register of The Devil's Slide, Weber Canyon, Utah / Carleton Watkins
Anne Ashton
2014 December 19
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