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B. F. Conaway photographs of California

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 351

Scope and Contents

Collection includes nine gelatin silver and two platinum photographs of locations throughout California taken by B.F. Conaway. Images include Redondo Beach, Sacramento Town Hall, Del Monte resort in Monterey, San Jose City Hall, Lake Tahoe, Cucamonga, San Francisco, and Sacramento. Materials dated between the 1880s and the 1910s.


  • approximately 1880-1919


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. 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

B. F. Conaway was born Benjamin Franklin Conaway on September 20, 1848, in Clay, Indiana to Hale Columbus Conway and Corilla A. Condon Conaway. He married Anna M. Miller on December 25, 1869, in Iowa. He purchased the Exelsior Photo Gallery in Santa Ana, California in 1887, and soon hired a teen assistant named Lou Hickox. In 1894, he sold the studio to Lou and moved to San Bernardino, where he opened another gallery. B. F. Conway died on July 30, 1935, in Los Angeles, California.


1 folder (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were separated from MSS P 167, H.H. Tammen Company photographs and postcards.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).


Note on old folder: transferred from the H.H. Tammen Curio Co. Collection MSS P-167.

Processing Information

Processed; Jamie Wiser; June 2022. Updated finding aid for DACS compliance and accuracy. Rehoused photographs to plastic sleeves for preservation.

Register of B.F. Conaway photographs of California
Under Revision
Lucas J. Chehda
2012 March 01
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