Category: Photographs

New Finding Aid | J.H. Horner photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the J.H. Horner photographs (PH200_039). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

John Harland Horner (1870-1953) moved to Enterprise, Oregon in 1911 and served as an assessor. He was an amateur historian, active for more than thirty years, documenting the history of Wallowa County.

Funeral procession of Chief Joseph
[J.H. Horner photographs, PH200_039_4287, Box 1, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
The photographs in this collection cover a wide range of events in Wallowa County, from roughly 1900 to 1930. The primary focus is on the Nez Perce people and events relating to them during this time period. There are a number of photographs documenting the reburial of Chief Joseph the Elder, a funeral ceremony, and the dedication of a monument in his honor. In one image the funeral procession is seen transporting Chief Joseph’s remains to his final resting place, led by Francis McFarland, followed close behind by Ah-la-kat, a Nez Perce warrior. There are numerous Nez Perce portraits in this collection as well. Horner also photographed settlers of the area including people at work on their homesteads, and the first stage coach in Wallowa County, Oregon.

Horses drawn wagon
[J.H. Horner photographs, PH200_039_4426, Box 1, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Notes from processing:

This collection presented a challenge in relating the traditional names of the Nez Perce, as they are often written out phonetically due to the language barrier between English and the Native American languages. Moreover, the traditional names are often spelled a number of different ways and this can cause confusion when trying to search for a particular individual or confirm an individual is being represented accurately in the finding aid.

–Emily Haskins, Special Collections Intern

New Finding Aid | Harold Brown photographs of Vernonia

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the Harold Brown photographs of Vernonia (PH200_004). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Train carrying felled trees
[Harold M. Brown photographs of Vernonia, PH200_004_4243, Box 1, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Harold M. Brown (1887-1956) was born in Minnewaukan, N.D. on June 2, 1887. During the first half of the twentieth century, he worked as a commercial photographer, primarily focusing on the lumber and shipping industries in northwestern Oregon and southwestern Washington. During World War II, Brown also served as an army photographer. Brown was noted for his logging and shipping photographs.

Man standing next to felled trees on railway
[Harold M. Brown photographs of Vernonia, PH200_004_4251, Box 1, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
This collection features logging photographs taken during the Oregon-American Lumber Company logging operations in Vernonia, Oregon. Most of the images date from 1948. The collection contains images of the logging camp, felled trees, transportation of logs by railroad and by river, and the processing of lumber at the mill. The images represent the full scope of work involved in logging operations during this time in history.

–Emily Haskins, Special Collections Intern

New Finding Aid | Jodie Wallick photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the Jodie Wallick photographs (PH200_006). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

This collection features photographs taken by Jodie Wallick during the late 1800s and early 1900s. There is little information about Wallick, but it is documented that she held both a U.S. and a Canadian patent for a photo holder she developed. Wallick clearly had a drive and creativity which she applied to photography.

Whiskey Gulch Gang
[Whiskey Gulch Gang, Canyon City, Oregon, Jodie Wallick photographs, PH200_006_4124, Box 1, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]

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New Finding Aid | Oregon Trail Commemoration Photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce an updated finding aid published for the Oregon Trail Commemoration Photographs (PH200_050). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

This collection documents the commemoration of the Oregon Trail Monument in Emigrant Springs Oregon in July of 1923. The celebration included a parade, festival and a speech given by President Warren G. Harding. This collection is significant as it contains photographs of President Harding during his final speaking tour, taken only a month before his untimely death on August 2, 1923.

President Warren Harding at commemoration eveent
[Oregon Trail Commemoration Photographs, PH200_050_3431, Box 1, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]

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New Finding Aid | Muybridge photographs of the Modoc War

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Muybridge photographs of the Modoc War (PH200_217). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Warm Spring Indian scouts
[Warm Spring Indian scouts, Muybridge photographs of the Modoc War, PH200_217_2599, Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Eadweard Muybridge (1830-1904) is most famous for his work of photographing a horse in motion, and settling the debate of whether or not a horse lifts all four feet off the ground while trotting.

This collection documents the Modoc War of 1872–1873, from the perspective of the U.S. Army. Muybridge was commissioned by the United States Army to photograph the Modoc conflict taking place in Oregon and Northern California. The collection contains 15 stereoscopic photographs taken by Eadweard Muybridge.  Muybridge photographed U.S. soldiers, Native American soldiers and warriors, U.S. Army encampments, and the battle field of the lava beds.

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