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Alma W. Compton photographs from Compton Studio

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 358

Scope and Contents

Collection includes eight gelatin silver mounted photographs taken in Compton Studio in Brigham City, including oversize images, taken by Alma W. Compton. Materials dated approximately 1880-1909.


  • approximately 1880-1909

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 publish material from this collection must be obtained from Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Alma Walter Compton was born on September 27, 1856 to Joseph and Jane (Holmes) Compton in Arnold, England. Alma traveled to Utah with his younger brother, sister, and a niece. He was joined by his parents soon after. While in Ogden, Utah, Alma experienced the Grasshopper War of 1855. Due to poverty, Alma worked his own way and eventually traveled to Malad, Idaho taking tintype pictures. He took this business into Cache county and settled in Brigham City in the fall of 1883. Alma married Jane Emeline Dalton on February 25, 1886. Together they had seven children. Alma was able to establish himself as a merchant and photographer, even opening his own studio known as Compton's Fine Art Gallery. Alma died at the age of 74, on March 14, 1931.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Provenance unknown; 2022.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Source unknown; 2022.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

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

Register of Alma W. Compton photographs from Compton Studio
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 November 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