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Robert D. Adams negatives and prints

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 7

Scope and Contents

Materials include 720 prints and 534 corresponding negatives taken by Robert D. Adams between approximately 1930 and 1950. Photographs are primarily portraits of residents of Orderville, Utah. One photograph is of a family tree. There are also photographs of events and places in Orderville. There are also 47 woodcuts that are portraits of individuals.


  • approximately 1930-1950


Conditions Governing Access

Boxes 1-2 and 5 and Oversize folder 6, containing positives made of all negatives, are open for public research. Negatives in boxes 3 and 4 are condition restricted. See Supervisor of Reference Services for permission to access.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Robert Darius Adams (1881-1956) was a Utah photographer.

Robert Darius Adams was born on January 13, 1881 in Escalante, Utah to Robert Nelson Adams and Margaret Ann Shirts. He married Jessie Ellen Billingsley on July 17, 1901 in Manti, Utah and Mary Elizabeth Robinson on June 28, 1941 in St. George, Utah. He worked as a photographer throughout Central and Southern Utah between approximately 1900 and 1950. He passed away on June 11, 1956 in St. George, Utah.


5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.)

1 oversize folder ((1.5 linear ft.) )

Language of Materials



Materials are arranged into 2 series: 1. Robert D. Adams photographs and negatives, approximately 1930-1950. 2. Robert D. Adams woodcuts, approximately 1930-1950.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.

Custodial History

Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Richfield Adams in 1975.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Richfield Adams; 1975.


Photographs (Photograph Archives).

Processing Information

Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.

Register of Robert D. Adams negatives and prints
Anne Ashton
2013 October 25
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