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New Photography Collections | Views of Oregon

Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to announce the acquisition of three new photography collections. These collections document Oregon’s landscape and culture in a wide range of formats and span over a century. 

Eric P. Gustafson collection of Northwest Photography, PH364; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon.

The first is the Eric P. Gustafson photography archive, a rich and varied collection documenting the history of the Pacific Northwest. With an emphasis on rare and unique photographs from Lane County at the turn of the century, the collection greatly broadens our holdings on the history of Eugene and the surrounding area.  The Gustafson archive also includes a large number of Oregon postcards, organized chronologically and by county, as well as the photo morgue of two Register-Guard photographers working in the mid-20th century.  Eric Gustafson, a photo enthusiast and former paleontology professor at University of Oregon, graciously donated his collection to be preserved and made accessible by Special Collections & University Archives.   

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New Acquisition: Medieval Deed

The library has recently acquired a Medieval deed recording the sale of a parcel of land in Norfolk that will aid students and researchers interested in the study of the history of law and land-holding in Western Europe.

This document is a type of late Medieval land deed called a feoffment which records the sale of real land or structures between two parties. These types of deeds were born out of the feudal system of land holding in England where a vassal was granted possession of a lord’s land (a fief) in exchange for service and the serfs, peasants who lived on the land, in turn served the land-holders. When granting a fief a vassal promised an oath of fealty, from the Latin fidelitas or fidelity, which included military or non-military service to the lord.

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