Photograph CollectionsBranches, Wards, and Stakes

Branches, Wards, and Stakes

Photograph Collections Research Guide

The library has thousands of photos of members and events in local Church units. Some Church units hire professional photographers for important events, but most units have been documented in snapshots by members. If a keyword search is not yielding any results, the key to finding these images is to look in collections of associated people or auxiliaries. Other valuable resources include scrapbooks and photo albums created by the Relief Society, Primary, or Sunday School.

Physical Facilities Department photograph collection, circa 1890–1988 (PH 211)

This digitized collection contains photographs of buildings rented and purchased by the Church. It includes meetinghouses, offices, mission homes, temples, tabernacles, granaries, recreational halls, and so forth. It also includes some architectural drawings and sketches. The finding aid is alphabetical; search by the name of the building or Church unit.

Church local units photograph collection, 1880s-1960s (PH 2000)

This collection contains photographs of ward and branch meetinghouses, Church members, and branch, ward, district, stake, and mission activities Churchwide. It also contains some early mission photographs. Available upon request. Contact us through the Ask Us form for more information.

Sacrament meeting photographs, undated (PH 2017 6)

This collection contains black-and-white and color photographs of members and leaders in chapels and other meeting places coming and going from meetings and greeting each other. Available upon request. Contact us through the Ask Us form for more information.

Meetinghouse photographs, undated (PH 2017 23)

This collection contains black-and-white and color photographs of interiors and exteriors of Latter-day Saint meetinghouses in several countries. Available upon request. Contact us through the Ask Us form for more information.