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Elbert H. Porter and Francis Alvin Porter photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 53

Scope and Contents

Collection includes glass plate and nitrate negatives, with corresponding prints, taken by Francis Alvin Porter, as well as photographs of people in Orderville, Utah collected by Elbert H. Porter. Dated approximately 1880-1939


  • approximately 1880-1939


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research. Items kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Conditions Governing Access

Negatives. 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 Reference Services at

Biographical / Historical

Francis Alvin Porter was born October 2, 1878 in Orderville, Utah to Francis Lysander Porter and Mary Maria Hoyt Porter. He married Martha Heaton on September 5, 1900 in St. George, Utah. They had 13 children, including Elbert H. Porter. Throughout his life, Francis Alvin Porter worked as a carpenter. He was also an amateur photographer. He died December 15, 1936 in Orderville, Utah.

Biographical / Historical

Elbert Heaton Porter was born in Orderville, Utah, on June 1, 1917. In his twenties, Elbert received art training from Maynard Dixon. During World War II, he was a patternmaker for Solar Aircraft Co in California. On December 18, 1941, Elbert married Frances Brady. After the war ended, Elbert studied at Brigham Young University. He received his masters degree in fine arts from the University of Utah, and taught sculpture classes there for 12 years. Elbert sculpted a variety of things: Joseph Smith kneeling in the Sacred Grove; the gold-leafed Angel Moroni that was used in five World Fairs; and dinosaurs for Vernal's dinosaur gardens. He died June 8, 1999.


9 folders (0.40 linear ft.)

Language of Materials


Custodial History

Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Elbert Porter in 1977.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Elbert Porter; 1977.


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 Elbert H. Porter and Francis Alvin Porter photographs
Under Revision
Rose Frank
2011 December 15
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