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Charles Kelly collection of Western photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 131

Scope and Contents

Collection includes photographs and negatives (both nitrate and safety film negatives) taken by Charles Kelly in 1928 during a visit to Glacier National Park. Also includes images of Utah archaeological mounds and of Mark R. Harrington and his wife. Dated approximately 1910-1969.


  • approximately 1910-1969


Conditions Governing Access

Photographs in folder 1: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice. Negatives in folder 2: Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 72 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

Charles Kelly was born on February 3, 1889 in Cedar Springs, Michigan to parents Alfred and Flora Lepard Kelly. He attended Valparaiso University in Indiana where he never finished a degree but instead went to explore the country. He later married Harriett Greener. Charles worked throughout his life as a printer and painter, including time as a partner for the Western Printing Company until 1940. He was also a historian of the American West and a collector of Western lore, focusing primarily on the western salt desert of Utah and Nevada. Charles later settled and died in Salt Lake City, Utah in April of 1971.


2 folders (0.15 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated by the Marriott Library at the University of Utah.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Marriott Library, University of Utah.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


Prints from negatives. Provo, UT : Brigham Young University, 2020.

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; July 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of Charles Kelly collection of Western photographs
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 February 22
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