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Glenn Embree papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS 8684

Scope and Contents

Contains photographic negatives, transparencies, and prints of various sizes by photographer Glenn Embree. Subjects include landscapes and travel, portraits of celebrities and other notable people, fashion, World War II, and advertisements for food and beverages, automobiles, boats, and technology. Also includes 16mm film reels dealing with the same topics, especially landscapes and advertisements. Materials dated approximately 1940 to 2015.


  • approximately 1940-2015


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 use material from this collection must be obtained from the Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Glenn Virgil Embree was born February 17, 1914, in Lakeport, California to Roy Virgil Embree and Eva Pearl Hendricks. He attended the University of California at Berkeley (USC), pursuing a major in art. He later studied motion picture photography and set direction at USC. He developed a passion for photography as a set designer at MGM and went to work at Paul Hesse Studios in the late 1930s. He married Phyllis Forbes Caspary on May 18, 1941, in San Gabriel, California. The following year, he joined the Air Force and served as a photo officer in China during World War II. He resumed his career in commercial photography at Hesse's upon his return in 1946. He later opened his own studio in Hollywood, where he was quickly recognized as a color portrait and fashion photographer, with work appearing in or on the cover of "Harper's," "Vogue," "Mademoiselle," and "Look." During his fifty year career in Hollywood, he photographed hundreds of motion picture, television, and recording celebrities for portraits and commercial endorsements. His commercial photography portfolio includes advertisements for automobiles, aircraft, food, fashion, entertainment, and architecture. In 1988, Glenn moved to southeast Idaho, where he continued to produce calendar photographs on classic automobiles, antique aircraft, barns, trains, and farm equipment. He died on February 20, 1995.


50 boxes (13 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



The Glenn Embree papers are divided into five series: 1. Glenn Embree WWII papers, approximately 1940-2003. 2. Glenn Embree travel photographs, approximately 1945-1965. 3. Glenn Embree commercial photographs, 1945-1995 and 2015. 4. Glenn Embree fashion and portrait photographs, 1945-1980. 5. Glenn Embree films, [dates TBA].

Custodial History

Materials were donated by Glenn Embree's son, Glenn F. Embree, in 2014.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Glenn F. Embree; 2014.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Existence and Location of Copies

Digital copies of materials stored on computer discs and a hard drive available in Box 11 (Folders 8 and 9) and Box 56.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; 2015.

Processing Information

Processed; Austen Hunsaker, Karen Glenn, Anne Ashton, Jamie Wiser, Bethany Gustafson, Amanda Crandall; March 2024. File-level description added and collection rehoused.

  • 2 calendars
Register of Glenn Embree papers
Under Revision
Anne Ashton
2015 May 6
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