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Jesse Clark collection of Charles Ellis Johnson Photographs

Identifier: AR 950Cla

Scope and Contents note

This photograph collection of Charles Ellis Johnson contains photographs in and around the Salt Lake City area, including the Salt Lake City Temple, Mormon Tabernacle, downtown areas, and Brigham Young Monument.


  • 1892-1897


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Conditions Governing Access note

Access to the collection is open with assistance from the archivist or staff.

Conditions Governing Use note

Open for research. Copyright for official University records is held by Utah Valley University; all other copyright is retained by the authors of items in these papers, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law.

Biographical/Historical note

Charles Ellis Johnson was a well known Salt Lake City, Utah photographer from around 1885-1926. Charles and his mother emigrated to Salt Lake City in 1860. Soon after, Joseph moved the family to Spring Lake Villa for a few years, then on to St. George. The St. George property was adjacent to that owned by Brigham Young. It was there that Charlie met one of Brigham Young's daughters, Ruth. They were married in 1878, and had 2 sons, along with a daughter who died in infancy. The couple moved to Salt Lake City in 1882, where he pursued a career as a druggist for ZCMI. He became interested in photography, first only as a business venture, then in the making of the "views". He joined with Hyrum Sainsbury (S& J Photo) and continued the association until the "Money Panic" of 1893. Both the drugstore and photo studio suffered considerable losses. The drugstore reorganized as The Johnson-Pratt Drug. Co. while at the same time, Charlie bought out Sainsbury (who chose to retire) and the studio was known as The Johnson Co.. Charlie took over operation of the studio, leaving the drugstore in the hands of Parley Pratt. The Johnson Co. studio made all types of photographs, including formal portrait sittings in the studio of any citizen with the means to have a portrait made, views of Salt Lake City, Utah and the West to sell as tourist souvenirs, images from the Salt Lake Theatre, both scene views and portraits of various actors and actresses, portraits of LDS Church officials and their families, and photographs of newsworthy events that happened in Salt Lake City. He made many views of the Great Salt Lake and the various bathing facilities (Saltair, Garfield Beach) and even ventured onto several of the islands in the lake.


0.5 Linear Feet (1 box)


Collection consists of historical photographs compiled by Jesse Clark.

Arrangement note

Collection was left in original order.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Donated by Jesse Clark

Acknowledgment of Bias and Harmful Content

The Sutherland Archives recognizes there are materials in our collections that may be offensive or harmful. Materials may contain language or depictions that are racist, sexist, Eurocentric, ableist, homophobic, etc. We present such materials unaltered to preserve context and to present a complete historical record. Sutherland Archives staff is making efforts to update our finding aids to acknowledge offensive content.

Finding aid prepared by Rikki Carter, archives intern
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Repository Details

Part of the Fulton Library George Sutherland Archives Repository

800 West University Parkway
MS 145
Orem Utah 84058 United States