Heinrich Tönnies collection

Heinrich Tönnies collection

Dates: approximately 1880-1905

Collection includes 498 photographs taken by Heinrich Tønnies in Denmark. They are mostly portraits of Mormon missionaries in Denmark and Mormon immigrants from Denmark. There are also three bound booklets written by Sharon Hintze in 2002 entitled "Faith in their faces: 19th centry photographs of Danish Mormons" (with Appendix one and two). Also included is an index for an item level description of all the photographs along with 145 photocopied photographs.

  • Extent: 1 box (0.5 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (0.1 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Tönnies, Heinrich, 1825-1903
  • Call Number: MSS 7544
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84606; http://sc.lib.byu.edu/
  • Access Restrictions: Open for public research.
Languages and Scripts
Materials are in English and Danish.
Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Maintained in original order.
Conditions of Use
It is the responsibility of the researcher to obtain any necessary copyright clearances. The photographs from the Heinrich Tönnies collection cannot be photocopied. Patrons can be directed to the Aalborg Stadsarkiv website where they can order prints.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS 7544; Heinrich Tönnies collection; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS 7544, LTPSC.
Custodial History
These photographs are part of a larger collection of Henrich Tønnies photographs housed at the Aalborg State Archives. This portion of photographs was purchased by FARMS as a joint effort with BYU Special Collections in 2000. The photographs were then lent to Richard Holzapfel who brought them to Special Collections.
Acquisition Information
Purchased; Aalborg State Archives; 2000.
Subject Terms
Danes; Mormon missionaries--Denmark--Photographs; Mormons--Denmark--Photographs; Mormons--Emigration and immigration
Genre / Form
Photographs; Portraits
Processing Information
Processed; Lionel Thomas; 2011.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Tönnies (Heinrich) collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Lionel Thomas
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2012-09-04T12:45-0600
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Biographical Info:

Biographical History

Heinrich To?nnies (1825-1903) was a German photographer who took portraits and landscapes.

Johan Georg Heinrich Ludwig Tönnies was born May 10, 1825 in Grünenplan, Germany. He was trained as a glass painter and cutter but moved to Denmark in 1855 and was taught photography. The photographers C. Fritsche in Aalborg (Berling) and Wilhelm Schrøder (Copenhagen) taught Tønnies how to do dagurreotypes and he opened a studio in Aalborg and also learned the carte de visite technique. He took mostly portraits of people in their work clothes and some landscapes. He died December 11, 1903.

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