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Willis Eugene Robison photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 1591

Scope and Contents

Collection includes five portrait photographs of Mormon missionaries in the Southern States Mission from 1882 to 1884. Includes images of John H. Gibb and William S. Berry, among others.


  • approximately 1882-1884


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 the Supervisor of Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Willis Eugene Robison was born on March 1, 1854, in Crete, Illinois, to Benjamin Hancock Robison and Lillis Alvira Andre. He migrated from Illinois to Utah in the same year he was born and then was baptized into the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in 1862. Willis married Sarah Anne Ellett on July 8, 1874, in Fillmore, Utah. Together they had 12 children. After his wife died in 1907, he went on to marry Emma Elizabeth Reeve in 1908. Together they had two children. Mary died in 1914 and Willis remarried in 1918 to Mary Louisa Ellett Young. In October 1882, he was called on a mission for his church to the southern states. Later, he served in two legislatures and was a member of the Utah Constitutional Convention on March 4, 1895, in Salt Lake City, Utah. He was chosen to help fix the boundaries of a new county. He named and created Wayne County, Utah. Willis died on June 30, 1937, in Hinckley, Utah.


2 folders (0.02 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Frank Robison donated the collection to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Library in 1989.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Frank Robison; 1989.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Related Materials

See also the Willis Eugene Robison journals (MSS 1591).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton; October 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy.

Register of Willis Eugene Robison photographs
Under Revision
Abe Austin
2012 March 23
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