Church History in Black and White : George Edward Anderson's Photographic Mission to Latter-day Saint Historical Sites. 1907 Diary, 1907-08 Photographs
Cottle, T. Jeffery,Holzapfel, Richard Neitzel,Stoddard, Ted D.
Religious Studies Center, BYU
April 20, 1907 to August 21, 1907. Anderson, a professional photographer, leaves Springville, Utah on April 20, 1907 bound for England. Along the way, he visits Mormon historical sites in Missouri, Illinois, Ohio, New York, Pennsylvania, and New England to make a photographic record of the sites. He describes his train trip which takes him through Denver and Kansas City. From April 23 to May 1, he takes photographs of sites in Independence, Missouri. He meets members of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (RLDS) and records local history relating to the Temple Lot. He takes a train to Nauvoo, Illinois on May 1. He stays until May 7 with one side trip to Carthage. Throughout May he visits sites in Missouri, including Richmond, Crooked River, Far West, Kingston, Adam-ondi-Ahman, Gallatin, Haun's Mill. He meets Edwin Whitmer, grandson of Jacob Whitmer and Philander Page, son of Hiram Page and leader of the Church of Christ, or Whitmerites among other Whitmer and Page descendants. Anderson attends an RLDS meeting in Far West, Missouri. He visits Montrose and Keokuk on his way back to Nauvoo. By May 30, he is back in Nauvoo. He leaves on June 3 for Chicago. He remains in Chicago until early August when he travels to Kirtland, Ohio. He meets with several RLDS leaders and answers their questions regarding polygamy. By August 12, he is in Palmyra, New York.