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Willard Luce photograph collection

 Collection — Folder: 56
Identifier: MSS P 718

Scope and Contents

Contains over 29,000 items of color transparencies, 35mm and 7x7 cm. slides, black and white negatives and prints taken by Willard Ray Luce Jr. It also contains many original copies of magazine and newspaper articles where Willard Luce's writings and/or photogrpahs appeared. Most of the photographs are of the Western United States landscapes and wildlife which includes insects, animals, and plants. Also included are several books and manuscripts and a bibliography by Celia Luce.


  • 1950-1997


Conditions Governing Access

Open for public research.

Conditions Governing Use

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

Biographical History

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce (1914- 2008) was an author, poet, and educator in Utah.

Celia Geneva Larsen Luce was born December 3, 1914, in Provo, Utah. She was the daughter of Bent Franklin Larsen and Marthat Geneva Day Larsen. Celia earned a Normal Degree from BYU in 1936 and a B.S. in 1938. She taught elementary school in Bear River City, Utah (1936-37). She taught in Spring Lake, Utah (1938-1940). Durning World War II she taught in the Alpine School District. Celia was a writer and had many articles and poems published that were accompanied by Wilalrd's photographs. She died in 2008 and was buried in the Provo City cemetery.

Bigraphical History

Willard Ray Luce, Jr. (1914-1990) was an educator, writer, and photographer in Utah.

Willard Ray Luce, Jr., educator, writer, and photographer, was born Sept. 18, 1914, in Price, Utah. He was the son of Willard Ray Luce, Sr., and Rachel Olsen Luce. He married Celia Grnrva Larsen on June 3, 1940, in Salt Lake City, Utah. During World War II, from 1945-46, he served in the Merchant Marines. Willard attended BYU and earned a Normal Degree in 1938 and a B.S. in 1947. He taught school in San Juan County, Utah (1938-19544). He taught in the Alpine School District, Orem, Utah (1944-45, 1948-54 and 1955-1973). He taught jounalism courses at BYU (1946-1947).Willard was a member of the League of Writers, serving as state President in 1948-49. Willard wrote numerous stories and atricles that were published in various magazine, newspapers and textbooks. He was also a prolific photographer. He especially photographed the western United States. He died in September 28, 1990.


1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)

55 boxes (27.5 linear ft.)

Language of Materials



Arranged into nine series: 1. Animals. 2. Insects. 3. Experimental photography. 4. Plants. 5. Landscapes. 6. Landmarks. 7. People. 8. Negatives. 9. Documents and manuscripts.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

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

Custodial History

Collection was donated to Brigham Young University as a gift from Celia Geneva Larsen Luce who was the co-creator and spouse of Willard Luce.

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Donated; Celia Geneva Larsen Luce; 1991.


Photographs (Photograph Archives)

Processing Information

Processed; Elsie Smith, student photograph processor; 2012.


Register of the Willard Luce photograph collection
Elsie Smith
2012 March 26
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