Helen Clawson Wells photograph collection, 1800s-1960

Overview of the Collection

Helen Clawson Wells photograph collection
1800s-1960 (inclusive)
4 boxes  :  (Please note there is no box 2)
Collection Number
The Helen Clawson Wells photograph collection contains portraits of Helen Clawson Wells and members of the Clawson family, photographs of Eagle Gate in Salt Lake City, and photographs of an unidentified mountain climbing expedition, circa 1960.
University of Utah Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library
University of Utah
295 South 1500 East
Salt Lake City, UT

Telephone: 8015818863
Access Restrictions

Twenty-four hour advanced notice encouraged. Materials must be used on-site. Access to parts of this collection may be restricted under provisions of state or federal law.


Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Helen was born on December 27, 1890 in Salt Lake City. She was educated in Salt Lake schools and received a basic degree in kindergarten education from the University of Utah. She taught school for only two years before getting married in 1915 to W. Seymour Wells. Together they had three children; Josephine Barbara, (who died as a baby), Rulon Seymour, who later became a professor of philosophy at Yale University, and Seldon, who pursued many interests but mainly traveled and lived outside of the United States.

Helen Clawson Wells, a descendent of Brigham Young, was a civic leader and a member of the Salt Lake Shade Tree Commission. The photographs in this collection are partly of 19th century Utah including Salt scenes and portraits of members of the immediate Clawson family. Part of the collection is of a mountain climbing excursion in an unidentified mountain range. Most of the images are the originals and are in fair condition. All of the photographs are black and white.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The library does not claim to control copyright for all materials in the collection. An individual depicted in a reproduction has privacy rights as outlined in Title 45 CFR, part 46 (Protection of Human Subjects). For further information, please review the J. Willard Marriott Library's Use Agreement and Reproduction Request forms.

Preferred Citation

Collection Name, Collection Number, Box Number, Folder Number. Special Collections, J. Willard Marriott Library, The University of Utah.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Dale Larsen in 1993.

Separated Materials

Manuscript materials were transferred to the Helen Clawson Wells papers (MS 0257).

Related Materials

Forms part of the Aileen H. Clyde 20th Century Women's Legacy Archives.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Portraits, Eagle Gate and Mountain Climbing ExpeditionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
1 1
Portraits--Family and Relatives
  • 1: Mary Clark Clawson
  • 2: W. Seymour Wells
  • 3: Julian Clawson
  • 4-5: Clara Clawson with Helen and Julian
  • 6: Unidentified child
  • 7: Julian Clawson (1898)
  • 8: Lizzee Watson Clawson (1885)
  • 9: Brigham Young. (Copy of original)
  • 10: Seldon I. and Mrs. Clawson-70th Anniversary portrait. November 19, 1955
  • 11: Unidentified
1 2
Eagle Gate in Salt Lake City
  • 12: Circa 1875
  • 13: Circa 1880
1 3
Portraits (Addendum)
  • 1: Unidentified child
  • 2: Lucy Van Cott, J. Hill Clawson, and Fannie V. Clayton
  • 3-4: Possibly Helen Clawson Wells' mother
1 4
Climbing/Skiing (Addendum)
  • 1-12: Mountain climbing expedition. Circa 1950-1960

General photosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
3 1
Clawson Family
  • 1-17: Clawson Family
3 2
HyramClawson Family
  • 1-2: Hyram B. Clawson Family
3 3
Selden Clawson Family
  • 1-11: Selden Irwin Clawson Family
3 4
Morris Family
  • 1-7: Morris Family
3 5
Richard P. Morris
  • 1-2: Richard P. Morris
3 6
Richard V. Morris
  • 1-4: Richard V. Morris
3 7
Rebecca Morris, officer, and Gwynne, Officer
  • 1-3: Rebecca Morris, officer, and Gwynne, Officer
3 8
Wells Family
  • 1-10: Wells Family
3 9
Rulon Seymore Wells, I, II
  • 1-4: Rulon Seymore Wells, I, II
3 10
Wells Family
  • 1-3: Wells Family in Athens
3 11
  • 1-7: Identified Portraits
3 12
Brigham Young
  • 1-6: Brigham Young
3 13
Unidentifies men
  • 1-8: Unidentifies men
3 14
Unidentifies Women
  • 1-11: Unidentifies Women

General photosReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
4 1
  • 1-9: portraits of children
4 2
Group photos
  • 1-3: Group photographs
4 3
  • 1-10: Negatives
4 4
  • 1-28: Candid photographs
4 5
Garden Club
  • 1-17: Garden Club
4 6
Awards and Events
  • 1-4: Awards and events
4 7
Salt Lake City
  • 1-13: Eagle gate, Church office building, businesses, Liberty park, houses
4 8
  • 1-17: Machinery
4 9
Blue Star Memorial Highway
  • 1-16: Blue Star Memorial Highway
4 10
Graveside service
  • 1-12: Graveside service
4 11
Paris souvenir
  • 1-7: Paris souvenir

OversizeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description
Box Folder
5 1
  • 1: Tintype of unidentified woman

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Wells, Helen Clawson--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Eagle Gate (Salt Lake City, Utah)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic prints--1880-1960
  • Portrait photographs--1880-1960