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Rudy Vetter photographs and negatives

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 62

Scope and Contents

Collection represents the Rudy Vetter's life's work, including photographs, negatives, slides, and 16 mm film. Includes negatives of Vetter's best-known photographs, documenting the lynching of two African American men in Mississippi in 1937.


  • 1909-2002


Conditions Governing Access

Restricted; access to unprocessed collections requires the permission of the Photograph Archives curator.

Conditions Governing Access

Restricted: negatives not available for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Rudy Vetter photographs and negatives must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.

Biographical / Historical

M. Rudolph (Rudy) Vetter was born in Leola, Arkansas, on 30 August 1909. His father was a telegrapher and station manager for the railroad. He taught Rudy the rudiments of photography, as well as how to send and receive teletype. Vetter became a photojournalist, and was a charter member of the National Press Photographers Association. He worked for Acme News Pictures, the New York Daily News, the Commercial Appeal, the U.S. Navy, and the American Red Cross. Rudy Vetter passed away on 17 August 2002 in Salt Lake City, Utah.


43 cartons (43 linear ft.)



Physical Location

L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah 84602.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Rudy and Reba Vetter; 2002.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Register of Rudy Vetter photographs and negatives
Abe Austin
2012 April 03
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