Category: Photographs

New Finding Aid | Western photographer collection

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a new finding aid published for the Western photographer collection (PH368). The finding aid is available on Archives West.

Photo of men surrounding fallen tree. The large tree contains a crevasse so large a horse has been placed inside for scale.
[Photo by J. A. Meisor, circa 1890s-1904, Western photographer collection, PH368, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
The Western photographer collection is a compilation of historic photographic prints taken by photographers in the Western United States. The prints depict a wide variety of subjects dating 1841-1968, which predominantly center on the following themes: events, geographic areas, industries and transportation, land and cityscapes, and people in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, California, and Alaska. Some individual subjects include: floods, fires, parades, logging, mining, shipping, farms, natural scenery, housing, and portraits of politicians, Native Americans, pioneers, and families.

Scattered remains of wood from dynamite explosion of a structure.
[Photo by Barnard Studio, 1899, Western photographer collection, PH368, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
–Liliya Benz, Special Collections Intern

New Exhibit | Framing the West: Photography in the Age of Manifest Destiny

Eastward I go only by force; but westward I go free… I must walk toward Oregon, and not toward Europe. And that way the nation is moving, and I may say that mankind progress from east to west.
­– Henry David Thoreau

University of Oregon Libraries is pleased to announce an exhibit titled Framing the West: Photography in the Age of Manifest Destiny, Past and Present, now on display during the Fall 2018 term in the Special Collection and University Archives Paulson Reading Room.

Shawn Records, Duane Ehmer and his gelding, Hellboy, pose for journalists before the daily press conference at the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge. January 8, 2016 [Shawn Records photographs of the Occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge, PH365, Box 1; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon]
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Angelus Studio Photographs in Oregon Digital

Oregon Digital has recently added 740 new photographs from the University of Oregon Libraries’ Angelus Studio Photographs collection (PH037). These photographs are now available to browse in our digital collections.

The Angelus Studio was a professional photographic company located in Portland, Oregon that operated between 1880s-1940s. The collection provides documentation of Oregon including the city of Portland, events and landmarks, construction projects such as the Columbia River Highway, and commercial operations and industry.

Early automobile with large sail wings attached to it labeled 'Moon Car'
Moon Car, PH037_b142_MC00186, Angelus Studio Photographs, University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR.

New Finding Aid | Dan Powell Photographs

Special Collections and University Archives is pleased to announce a newly updated finding aid for the Dan Powell photograph collection (PH297) now published on Archives West. This collection consists of constructed imagery and large format photographic prints taken by Powell between 1978 and 2012. Many of his works are also available to view online in the Dan Powell digital collection in Oregon Digital.

Dan Powell, “North of Alvord Desert,” 1989. PH297 Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, OR.

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Collection Highlight: Vanport City, Oregon Photo Albums

Vanport, Oregon was a wartime public housing project built to shelter Kaiser Shipyard employees working in Portland and Vancouver, Washington. The city was destroyed in May 1948 when a 200-foot section of the dike holding back the Columbia River collapsed during a flood, killing 15 and leaving its population of largely African-American inhabitants homeless.

Two photo albums regarding the history of Vanport have recently been made available in Special Collections and University Archives. The Vanport, Oregon construction photograph album (PH203_064) and the Vanport, Oregon flood photograph album (PH203_025) document the city before and after the disaster.

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