Phillip C. Blair photograph collection, circa 1860-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Blair, Philip, 1896-
Title
Phillip C. Blair photograph collection
Dates
circa 1860-1960 (inclusive)
Quantity
360 items  :  Black&white photographs, ambrotypes, daguerreotypes, and cabinet cards
Collection Number
P0120
Summary
The Phillip C. Blair photograph collection contains portraits of various members of the Blair family; photographs of sites in Salt Lake City and other areas of Utah, as well as a photograph album of George D. Parkinson's LDS mission to New York City in 1904.
Repository
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
84112-0860
Telephone: 801-581-8863
special@library.utah.edu
Access Restrictions

Materials must be used on-site; advance notice suggested. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The Phillip C. Blair Collection spans a period of four generations commencing with Brigham Young and his wife Mary Ann Angell Young. The corresponding Manuscripts collection (Ms 120) contains the earliest known personal correspondence of Brigham and Mary Ann Young. Long letters reflect the social, political, religious, and economic developments of Utah as well as Young's personal devotion and feelings for his wife and family.

Brigham and Mary Ann Young's daughter, Luna, married George W. Thatcher of Logan, Utah. Thatcher became a prominent and successful businessman in Logan where he was elected Mayor, President of the Brigham Young College Board in Logan, and appointed a member of the Utah Commission. The Thatcher's owned and operated the Thatcher Opera House, Thatcher Bank, and Thatcher Milling and Elevator Company all located in Logan, Utah.

Nellie May, the daughter of George and Luna Thatcher, married George Elias Blair, son of Seth Millington and Sarah Jane Foster of Logan, Utah. George Blair loved the theater and poetry and was a great patron of the Salt Lake Theater. The Blair's had five children: Virginia, Millington, Phillip, Kathryn, and George. Virginia Blair loved the arts like her father and moved to Hollywood with the dream of becoming a star; though she held a number of small parts, Virginia's dream never came to fruition. For more detailed information see Phillip C. Blair Papers (Ms 120).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Phillip C. Blair Collection consists mainly of four generations of family portraits ranging from Virginia Blair to Brigham and Mary Ann Young. In addition to portraits, the Blair collection also contains early photographs of Richmond, Logan, and Salt Lake City, Utah, where members of the Blair, Thatcher and Young families lived. George Parkinson compiled the remaining photographs in the collection while serving an L.D.S. (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints) mission to New York.

Because of the extensive time range of the Blair collection, a wide range of photographic types is represented. The images range from beautiful ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and tintypes to more modern black and white photographs. Because of the age and condition of many of these images, the ambrotypes, daguerreotypes and tintypes are all stored in the Special Collections safe and can be viewed only with the express permission of the Multimedia Archivist.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Family, Locations in Utah, New YorkReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
box
1
Folder
1
George E. Blair
  • 1-5: George E. Blair
2
Nellie Blair
  • 6: Nellie and George W. Blair, 1872
  • 7: Nellie and Nettie Blair
  • 8-13: Nellie Blair
3
George Blair Jr.
  • 14-16: George Blair Jr., son of George E. and Nellie Blair
4
Kathryn Blair
  • 1-20: Kathryn Blair
5
Millington Blair
  • 1-23: Millington Blair
6
Phillip Blair
  • 1-26: Phillip Blair
7
Virginia Blair
  • 1-34: Virginia Blair
folders
8-9
Blair Children
  • 35: Virginia, Phillip and Millington Blair
  • 36: Virginia and Millington Blair
  • 37: Virginia, Phillip and Millington Blair
  • 38-39: Nellie Blair and children
  • 40: Phillip and Millington Blair
  • 41-42: Virginia, Phillip, Millington, and Kathryn Blair
  • 43: Nellie, George and Connie Blair
Folder
10
George W. Thatcher
  • 1-47: George W. Thatcher
folders
11-14
Portraits
  • 48: Seth Millington Blair
  • 49: Luna A. Thatcher Farell
  • 50: Wendell Hammond, May 1913
  • 51: Joyce
  • 52-53: Constance Nobley
  • 54-56: Dick Sloan
  • 57: Gladys Spencer
  • 58: Mary and Ted Spicker
  • 59-60: Constance Thatcher
  • 61: Guy Thatcher
  • 62: Alena Kitchen Thatcher
  • 63: Winfield Washington Thomas
  • 64: Genie West
  • 65: Alfales Burgess Young
  • 66-67: Brigham Young
  • 68: Emmaline Free Young
  • 69:Catherine Spencer Young and Florence Ellen Young
  • 70-71: John W. Young
  • 72: Zanny Young and Luna Young Thatcher
  • 73-78: Luna Young Thatcher
15-16
Logan, Utah
  • 79-83: Moses Thatcher Home
  • 84: Union Roller Mill run by Hezekiah Thatcher and sons. The Brigham Young Academy can be seen in the background
  • 85: Thatcher Milling and Elevator Company, 1940
  • 86: Logan Temple, Circa 1890
  • 87: George Thatcher Home
  • 88: Logan, Utah
17-18
Richmond, Utah
  • 89-90: Richmond, Utah parade, circa 1900
  • 91: B.L. Peart Blacksmith Shop, 1910
  • 92: Joseph L. Peart
  • 93: B. L. Peart Blacksmith Shop, 1910
  • 94: Home located in Richmond, Utah
Folder
19
Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 95: Salt Lake City looking southwest, 1895
  • 96: Salt Lake City from Prospector Hill, 1892. Photograph by Charles R. Savage
  • 97: Gardo House
  • 98: Beehive House and Eagle Gate, 1890

Miscellaneous, album, duplicatesReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 2

Container(s) Description Dates
box
2
folders
20-21
Miscellaneous Scenery
  • 99b: Brigham Young homes and offices
  • 99-103: Unidentified scenery
  • 104: Power plant-Logan Canyon
  • 105: Unidentified scenery
  • 106: Bear River, Circa 1890
  • 107: Flagstaff Tree, Brighton Utah, 1890
  • 108: Mary's Lake, Brighton, Utah, 1896
Folder
22
Miscellaneous
  • 109-12: Corianton
  • 113: Brigham Young's home in St. George, Utah
  • 114: Sitting Bull and Buffalo Bill
23
Miscellaneous
  • 115: Brave Ensign Worth Bagley
  • 116: Lieutenant Richard P. Hobson
  • 117: Wagon train crossing the Platte River
  • 118: Millington
  • 119: George Blair seated, 1899
  • 120: H. W. Cannon Institute art class, 1920
24
Photograph Album From George D. Parkinson's Mission to New York City
  • 121: George Parkinson
  • 122: Morningside Park
  • 123: Lou Dillon on a New York Speedway
  • 124: Elevated Railroad
  • 125: "Washday at No.46 Lewis Ave, Brooklyn"
  • 126: Hawthorne Hall
  • 127: "Elder's street corner"
  • 128: Washing dishes
  • 129: Laundry
  • 130: Barbershop
  • 131-132: Washday
  • 133: Laundry
  • 134: Cleaning up on washday
  • 135: Backyard on washday
  • 136: U.S. Treasury Building on Wall Street
  • 137: Grant's Tomb
  • 138: Columbia College Library
  • 139: Sailor's and soldier's monument on Riverside Drive
  • 140: North end of Hill Cumorah
  • 141: Room in which the prophet, Joseph Smith, saw the angel Moroni
  • 142: Old Smith farmhouse
  • 143: The "Mormon Hill" farmhouse
  • 144: Prophet Joseph Smith's old home
  • 145: Northeast end of Hill Cumorah
  • 146: Lane leading to the barnyard on the old Smith farm
  • 147: Grove in which Joseph Smith received his first vision
  • 148: Baptismal Party, New Jersey
  • 149: Baptism of Sister Rohlfing
  • 150: Elders in New York
  • 151: Cornelius Vanderbilt Home
  • 152: Mormon Elder's quarters
  • 153: The Tombs and the "Bridge of Sighs"
  • 154: Brooklyn Bridge from a ferry boat
  • 155: St. Patrick's Day Parade
  • 156: Riverside Drive and Hudson River
  • 157: Battery Park
  • 158: Panorama of Brooklyn
  • 159: Yacht and New York skyline
  • 160: Interior of Madison Square Gardens
  • 161: Manhattan Beach
  • 162: Clermont Roadhouse, Riverside Drive
  • 163: East River Bridge
  • 164: Ocean Freighter
  • 165: Street scene on the bowery
  • 166: Columbia College
  • 167: Upper Broadway
  • 168: Coney Island
  • 169: Niagara Falls
  • 170: Louisa May Alcott Home, Concord, Massachusetts
  • 171: Sleepy Hollow Cemetery including the gravesites of Emerson and Hawthorne
  • 172: "Old Manse"
  • 173: Hawthorne's Home, Concord, Massachusetts
1904
25
Unidentified
  • 176-192: Unidentified
26
Duplicates (8 x 10) from album
  • 1: Nellie Thatcher Blair and Child
  • 2: Mary Ann Angell Young
  • 3a-b: Brigham Young
  • 4: Elder George D. Parkinson
  • 5: "Washday at No.46 Lewis Ave, Brooklyn"
  • 6: Washing dishes
  • 7: Laundry
  • 8: Barbershop
  • 9: Washday
  • 10 Washday
  • 11: Laundry
  • 12: Cleaning up on washday
  • 13: Backyard on washday
  • 14: Grant's Tomb
  • 15: Room in which the prophet, Joseph Smith, saw the angel Moroni
  • 16-17: Old Smith farmhouse
  • 18: The "Mormon Hill" farmhouse
  • 19: Prophet Joseph Smith's old home
  • 20: Northeast end of Hill Cumorah
  • 21: Lane leading to the barnyard on the old Smith farm
  • 22: Baptismal Party, New Jersey
  • 23: Baptism of Sister Rohlfing
Negatives
  • 1: Brigham Young
  • 2: Mary Ann Angell Young
Materials in Safe
  • 1: Brigham Young, ambrotype and duplicate prints
  • 2: Mary Ann Angell Young, ambrotype and duplicate prints
  • 3: Luna Young Thatcher as a young girl, daguerreotype
  • 4: Luna Young Thatcher, miniature tintype
  • 5: Luna Young Thatcher, tintype
  • 6: Luna Young Thatcher, print
  • 7: Luna and Alice Young, ambrotype
  • 8: Brigham Young, Jr. as a small boy, daguerreotype
  • 9: Brigham Young, Jr., ambrotype
  • 10-12: Nellie Thatcher Blair, tintypes
  • 13-14: Unidentified tintypes

OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s): Box 3

Container(s) Description
box
3
folders
1
George Thatcher
  • 1-2: Portraits of George Thatcher
2
General
  • 1-7: Portraits actors and actresses
  • 8: "The old white house, built by President Young" Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 9: "Beehive House and Historian's Office" Salt Lake City, Utah
  • 10: "George Blair seated" in a library

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mormon Church--Missions--New York (State)--New York
  • Personal Names :
  • Blair family--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • New York (N.Y.)--Photographs
  • Salt Lake City (Utah)--Photographs
  • Utah--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints--1860-1960
  • Portrait photographs--1860-1960