Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs

Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs

Dates: approximately 1940

Contains nine letters from Eugene F. Heil to relatives and seven prints made from copy negatives of Eugene F. Heil during World War II.

  • Extent: 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Heil, Eugene Francis, 1925-1968
  • Call Number: MSS 2659
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
English
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. Permission to publish material from Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs must be obtained from the Supervisor of Reference Services and/or the L. Tom Perry Special Collections Board of Curators.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 2659; Eugene Francis Heil letters and photographs; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 2659, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Lillian, wife of Eugene F. Heil, donated the letters and photographs to Harold B. Lee Library Special Collections.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Lillian Harmon Heil.
Subject Terms
Heil, Eugene Francis, 1925-1968--Archives; World War, 1939-1945--Personal narratives, American
Genre / Form
Letters; Photographs
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
UPB_MSS2659
Finding Aid Title
Heil (Eugene Francis) letters and photographs
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Abe Austin
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-05-18T04:30-0600
Finding Aid Language
English
Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Eugene Francis Heil (1925-1968) was a photographer in New York.

Gene Heil was born March 25, 1925 in St. Louis, Missouri. He began the study of the violin at eight, and became concertmeister of the St. Louis Philharmonic by sixteen. After high school, he served with the Navy Seabees in the South Pacific (New Guinea and the Philippines) during the Second World War. He was battalion photographer and was later encouraged to cultivate it as a medium in the fine arts.

After two years of military service, he attended the world-famed Parsons School of Design in New York City for three years; he also spent a term at the Parsons Atelier in Paris, which included an extensive tour of the arts of France and Italy. In 1950, he became a protégé of Lady Mendl at Versailles, and later, of Andre Ostier in Paris. He photographed members of the French government and aristocracy for French magazines. Gene photographed mainly fashion and architecture in Europe, Africa, North and South America.

Over the years, he was a photographer for the National Audubon Society, from 1946 to 1949, and for Ostier Associates, from 1949 to 1952; and a Public Relations Officer for the U.S. Army, from 1952 to 1954. He founded Gene Heil Studios (for General Commercial Photography and Interior Design) in 1954, and it remained open until his death.

Gene joined the Church in June 1963 and devoted his artistic talents to the Lord's service, as well as to Cole Porter’s 'Out of This World.' As of May 1967, he was Assistant to the Director of the Research Project on World Music within the School of International Affairs of Columbia University. He was also employed with Aladdin Business Service (seasonal sales of resort brochures, postcards, photography, and commemorative Church books), from 1963 to 1968. He married Lillian Elinor Harmon June 10, 1967. He died in an automobile accident a year later.



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