4th Edition of the New Columbia Encyclopedia (1975).

The Mountweazel Research Collection.

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel Research Collection contains a variety of material related to Mountweazel's life*, work, and legacy. 

While the collection does not have a permanent location, materials in the collection will be displayed to the public at traveling exhibits hosted by various venues around the world.  


As new materials are recovered and catalogued, they will be shared.    

Turning from fountain design to photography in 1963, Mountweazel produced her celebrated portraits of the South Sierra Miwok in 1964.


She was awarded government grants to make a series of photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris and rural American mailboxes. The last group was exhibited extensively abroad and published as Flags Up! (1972)


Mountweazel died at 31 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine.

Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, 1971.

Flags Up! (1969- 1972)

Combustibles Magazine. 


Read an Issue of

Combustibles Magazine

March 3 1972

Early Years as a Fountain Designer.


In 1958, 16 years and still a student at George K. Broomhall High School, Mountweazel won a public design competition for the Korean War Veterans of Ohio Memorial in downtown Beatosu, Ohio.


Beating 1,421 other competition submissions, her design was chosen with the fountain completed and presented to the public in June 1960.    


In 2007, the Western Ohio Institute of Architects ranked the memorial No. 10 on their list of Western Ohio’s Favorite Architecture.


Of all her fountain sketches and designs, it is Mountweazel’s only known completed work.  

I took this picture while on a trip to visit the memorial in 2018.

NYC Buses.


The Cemeteries of Paris.