Robert D. Adams negatives and prints

Robert D. Adams negatives and prints

Dates: approximately 1930-1950

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.

  • Extent: 5 boxes (2.5 linear ft.). -- 1 oversize folder (1.5 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Adams, Robert D. (Robert Darius), 1881-1956
  • Call Number: MSS P 7
  • Repository: L. Tom Perry Special Collections; Photograph Archives; 1130 Harold B. Lee Library; Brigham Young University; Provo, Utah 84602;
  • Access Restrictions: 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.
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Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
Materials are arranged into 2 series: 1. Robert D. Adams photographs and negatives, approximately 1930-1950. 2. Robert D. Adams woodcuts, approximately 1930-1950.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS P 7; Robert D. Adams negatives and prints; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS P 7, LTPSC.
Custodial History
Materials were donated to the L. Tom Perry Special Collections by Richfield Adams in 1975.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Richfield Adams; 1975.
Subject Terms
City and Town Life; Images; Material Types; Orderville (Utah)--Photographs; Social Classes; Social Life and Customs
Genre / Form
Black-and-white negatives; Negatives; Photographs; Portraits
Processing Information
Processed; Anne Ashton, student photograph processor; 2013.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives).
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Finding Aid Title
Adams (Robert D.) negatives and prints
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Anne Ashton
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2013-11-11T11:29-0700
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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.

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