Willard Luce photograph collection

Willard Luce photograph collection

Dates: bulk 1960-1985, 1950-1997

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.

  • Extent: 55 boxes (27.5 linear ft.). -- 1 folder (0.01 linear ft.)
  • Creator: Luce, Celia Larsen, 1914-2008. -- Luce, Willard Ray, 1914-1990
  • Call Number: MSS P 718
  • 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.
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Technical Requirements
Kept in cold storage; access requires 24 hours advance notice.
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.
Conditions of 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.
Preferred Citation
Initial citation: MSS P 718; Willard Luce photograph collection; Photograph Archives; L. Tom Perry Special Collections, Harold B. Lee Library, Brigham Young University. Following citations: MSS P 718, LTPSC.
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.
Acquisition Information
Donated; Celia Geneva Larsen Luce; 1991.
Subject Terms
Luce, Celia Larsen, 1914-2008; Animals--West (U.S.)--Photographs; Buildings--Photographs; Images; Insects--Photography; Landscapes--Photographs; Material Types; Monuments; People; Plants--Photographs
Genre / Form
Manuscripts; Negatives; Photographs
Processing Information
Processed; Elsie Smith, student photograph processor; 2012.
Appraisal Information
Photographs (Photograph Archives)
Finding Aid ID Number
Finding Aid Title
Luce (Willard) photograph collection
Finding Aid Author
Finding aid prepared by Elsie Smith
Finding Aid Creator
This finding aid was produced using the Archivists' Toolkit 2014-04-27T04:36-0600
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Biographical Info:

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.

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