The Lennox and Catherine Tierney Photo Collection

Like a good book, a thorough, well-documented, and rich collection of photographs tells a story and transports the viewer to a different world. One such collection is the Lennox and Catherine Tierney Photo Collection from the University of Utah.

Lennox Tierney is Professor Emeritus at the University of Utah’s Department of Art and Art History and is one of the most influential figures in Japanese art, architecture, and cultural history. From the 1940’s when Tierney served in the U.S. Navy as the Arts and Monuments Commissioner under General Douglas MacArthur until nearly the present day, Lennox Tierney has captured Japanese culture heritage in photographs.

                             Post-war Japanese bride during Lennox Tierney’s service, 1949-1952

Over the years, Lennox Tierney donated his collection of 250,000 slides, film reels, and lecture videos to the Special Collections department at the J. Willard Marriott Library at the University of Utah, 11,00 of which are available online through the University of Utah website and the Mountain West Digital Library.

Visit the collection and enjoy your trip, no passport required.

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