Joe Hill photograph collection, 1914-1990  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Curtis, Joseph
Joe Hill photograph collection
1914-1990 (inclusive)
26 photographs
Collection Number
The Joe Hill photograph collection contains photographs of Joe Hill and of his funeral in Chicago, photographs of family members and friends, color prints of an event commemorating the 75th anniversary of Joe Hill's execution.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections.
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT
Telephone: 801-581-8863
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.


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Joe Hill, originally Joel Emanuel Hagglund from Sweeden, changed his name to Joseph Hillstrom and later changed it again to Joe Hill. Hill was a songwriter and organizer for the Industrial Workers of the World, IWW. He was executed for murder in Salt Lake City on November 19, 1915. His case has been one of the most controversial in American labor history.

The collection has numerous mug shots of Hill, pre and post execution, and his Chicago funeral. The Salt Lake funeral was held at the O'Donnell Funeral Home on November 21, 1915 and the funeral in Chicago, at the Westside Auditorium, was November 25, 1915. He was cremated on the 26th.

Also included are portraits of IWW friends and others concerning the case. One person, Virginia Snow Stephen, daughter of LDS church president Lorenzo Snow, was an art instructor at the University of Utah and a champion of Hill and the IWW. She was later forced to resign her position because of her identification with the IWW. As well, the portrait of Morris L. Ritchie, the judge who heard Hill's case can be found here.

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Container(s): Box 1

Container(s) Description
Joe Hill, Portraits
Photograph number 1: Post card with last will, Don't Mourn But Organize.Photograph number 2-3: Mug shots of Hill.Photograph number 4-6: Post execution photographs of Hill.Photograph number 7-8: Joe Hill's funeral in Chicago, November, 1915.Photograph number 9: Wall mural of Joe Hill's execution.Photograph number 10: Letter of Tom Mooney.
Family and Friends
Photograph number 1: Morris L. Ritchie, Third District Judge who heard Hill's case.Photograph number 2-3: Unidentified people.Photograph number 4: Portrait of Virginia Snow Stephen.Photograph number 5: Unidentified man.Photograph number 6-7: IWW group photograph with Virginia Snow Stephen.
Newspaper Clippings and Missions
Photograph number 1-4: Clippings concerning Joe Hill.Photograph number 5: Shelter for the homeless at the Sailors Rest, San Pedro, California, 1914.Photograph number 6: L.A. Westlake Presbyterian in charge of service, Sailors Rest Mission, San Pedro, 1914.
75th Anniversary of Joe Hill's Execution
Photograph number 1-3: Color prints of gathering.

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  • Personal Names :
  • Hill, Joe,1879-1915Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Industrial Workers of the World
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints1914-1990
  • Photographic printsColor1990
  • Portrait photographs