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Kennecott Corporation photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 36

Scope and Contents

Collection includes three photographs with corresponding glass plate negatives depicting mining operations at Kennecott Corporation's Bingham Mine. The photographs were taken in 1906, when the mine was being developed by the Utah Copper Co. Also includes two copy prints, with corresponding acetate negatives, of photographic portraits of a man.


  • 1906


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. Glass plates in folder 3: Condition restricted; permission to use items must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services.

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

Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation has its roots in the founding of the Kennecott Mines Company in 1906 in Alaska. In 1915, it acquired a stake in the Utah Copper Company, which was founded in 1903 by Daniel C. Jackling and Robert C. Gemmell. By this point, the name had been changed to the Kennecott Copper Corporation. In 1936, it acquired all the assets and property of the Utah Copper Company. The Bingham mine was one of the few not to close during World War II, and produced about 30% of the copper used by the Allies. In 1981, the company was acquired by Standard Oil of Ohio, then by British Petroleum in 1987, and by Rio Tinto Zinc in 1989, at which point they formed the Kennecott Utah Copper Corporation as a new mining company. The company continues to operate the Bingham Canyon Mine, which is the largest open-pit mine in the world. While its primary product is copper, it also produces gold, silver, and molybdenum.


3 folders (0.05 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Heber Hart and Kennecott Corporation in 1988.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Heber Hart, Kennecott Corporation; 1988.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

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

Register of Kennecott Corporation photographs and negatives
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 December 14
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