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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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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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New Collection: “Standoff” Photographs of Malheur NWR Occupation

Photograph from "Standoff" portfolio by Shawn Records.
Photograph from “Standoff” portfolio by Shawn Records. PH365, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

Special Collections & University Archives is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of “Standoff,” a portfolio of photographs by Portland-based photographer Shawn Records. The photographs document the armed occupation of the Malheur National Wildlife Refuge in January of 2016. Included are portraits of the militant Ammon Bundy and his family, as well as images of the media circus and protests that surrounded the occupation. This was a pivotal moment in Oregon and US history, when a group of armed men were able to occupy a government building without significant legal repercussion. The photographs are quiet and subtle, exploring the complex and fraught history of land use and cowboy culture in the American West. The portfolio is now available for viewing within the Special Collections & University Archives reading room.

Photograph from "Standoff" portfolio by Shawn Records.
Photograph from “Standoff” portfolio by Shawn Records. PH365, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.
Photograph from "Standoff" portfolio by Shawn Records.
Photograph from “Standoff” portfolio by Shawn Records. PH365, Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.

By Danielle Mericle, Curator of Photography Collections

New Photograph Collection: Jacqueline Moreau papers

Chief Johnny Jackson stands at Lyle Point on the Columbia River. [Jacqueline Moreau papers, Coll 459, Box 10, Folder 4; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
Chief Johnny Jackson stands at Lyle Point on the Columbia River. [Jacqueline Moreau papers, Coll 459, Box 10, Folder 4; Special Collections and University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries, Eugene, Oregon.]
We are pleased to announce that a finding aid for the Jacqueline Moreau papers is now available on Archives West. The Jacqueline Moreau papers consist of an equal mixture of manuscript materials and photographs. The biographical material, correspondence, subject files, publications, and clippings that comprise the manuscript portion complement the photographic materials, providing historical context, and descriptive information about the photographs and Ms. Moreau’s work.

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