Although much was written during the events of the restoration in the first half of the 19th century, photographic images from this period are extremely limited. Among the earliest is a view of Nauvoo believed taken in 1846 by Lucian Foster.
Shortly after the turn of the century, photographer George Edward Anderson partly made up for this shortage of photographs as he traveled from Utah to the East en route to a mission in England. He spent about a year carefully documenting important Church sites with his heavy and bulky view camera and its 8 X 10 glass negatives. Although more than half a century had passed since the Restoration, the views he preserved offer valuable insights into the times and locations of the Restoration.