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Lola N. Smith Brigham Young University campus photographs

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS 9641

Scope and Contents

Two black and white photographs of Brigham Young University campus taken by Lola N. Smith. The first photograph is of the Jesse Knight building under construction, dated August to November 1959. The second photograph is of the remains of the Old North Building, dated July 29, 1959.


  • 1959 July-November


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Photographs are condition restricted. Items 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 use material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Lola Nielson Smith was born on November 5, 1921, in Hunter, Utah to Ernest Elbert Nielson and Lavina Day. She graduated from Cyprus High School in Magna, Utah, and attended LDS Business College. A member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, she served a mission in the Southern States. On November 5, 1945, following her return from her mission, she married Robert Junius Smith and they later had eight children.

The Smiths first resided in Provo, Utah as Robert pursued a bachelor's degree in accounting at Brigham Young University, which he completed in 1948. Following his certification as a public accountant, the family returned to Provo when Robert was invited to join the faculty of the Department of Accounting at BYU. He served in various administrative and academic positions at Brigham Young University from 1952 to 1983. After his retirement in 1983, the family moved to Jerusalem, Israel, when Robert was asked to serve as comptroller for the new BYU Jerusalem Center. They remained in Israel until 1988.

Throughout her life, Lola Smith was an active participant in the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and filled several volunteer positions. These included service as a ward and stake primary president, a stake Relief Society president, a choir director, organist, chorister, and librarian. With her husband Robert, she completed a second mission in Raleigh, North Carolina, as well as a church service mission at the Missionary Training Center in Provo, Utah. She also served as the matron of the Provo Temple for three years while her husband served as temple president. Lola N. Smith passed away on December 23, 2012, in Orem, Utah.


1 folder

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Custodial History

Donated by Shirley Ricks in 2017. Shirley Ricks received the photographs from her father and mother, Robert J. Smith and Lola N. Smith.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Shirley Ricks; 2017.


Utah history (Mormon and Western American Manusxripts Collection Development Policy V.B.5.b, 2020)

Processing Information

Processed; Bethany Gustafson; 2023.

Lola N. Smith Brigham Young University campus photographs
In Progress
Bethany Gustafson
2023 September 26
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Language of description note
Finding aid 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