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John Telford photographs of historic Mormon architecture

Identifier: MSS 8654

Scope and Contents

Materials include photographs by John Telford of historic Tabernacles, meetinghouses, and other buildings built by members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. Most of these are large prints, some of which are mounted for an exhibition. There are also negatives and transparencies of these same buildings as well as some showing Temples. There are also materials relating to an exhibition of these photographs, specifically an introductory poster and copies of some captions. These buildings are found primarily in Utah, Idaho, and New York. There are also photographs of historic Nauvoo. Materials dated approximately 1995-2010.


  • approximately 1995-2010


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 materials from John Telford photographs of historic Mormon architecture must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

John Telford (1944- ) is a Utah outdoor photographer. John Telford was born December 31, 1944. Although essentially self-taught, he received an MFA from the University of Utah, where he was the supervisor of photograph at Educational Media Services, and is a Professor Emeritus at Brigham Young University where he was also the former Chair of the Department of Visual Arts. He also taught at Westminster College, the Salt Lake Art Center, and Hill Air Force Base. Previously he won the prestigious Karl G. Maeser Award for Creative Excellence at BYU and has won numerous other awards and honors throughout the country. His photographs have been published extensively and exhibited both nationally and internationally and are included in numerous public and private collections. He has authored and co-authored seventeen books.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

1 ledger box (0.5 linear ft.)

10 oversize boxes (9.91 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged in 15 series: 1. Manuscript pages, approximately 1996. 2. Transparencies, approximately 1995-2010. 3. 8 x 10 photographs, approximately 1995. 4. 11 x 14 photographs, approximately 1995-2010. 5. 11 x 17 photographs, approximately 1998. 6. 14 x 18 photographs, approximately 1995-2010. 7. 16 x 20 photographs, approximately 1995-2010. 8. 18 x 24 photographs, approximately 1996. 9. 20 x 24 photographs, approximately 1995-2002. 10. 22 x 28 photographs, approximately 1995-2000. 11. 20 x 32 photographs, approximately 1995. 12. 20 x 34 photographs, approximately 1995. 13. 26 x 32 photographs, approximately 1995-2000. 14. 25 x 40 photographs, approximately 1998. 15. Proofs, approximately 1995-2010. 16. Negatives, approximately 1995-2010.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by the creator, John Telford, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; John Telford; 2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2015.

Register of John Telford photographs of historic Mormon architecture
Anne Ashton
2015 May 20
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