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  1. A Gymnast from Monmouth - Harnish

    A Gymnast from Monmouth - c. 1895

    A student gymnast from Oregon State Normal School in Monmouth (now Western Oregon University) poses for a studio portrait taken by Scio photographer Clinton Harnish. Learn More
  2. A Music Hall Fiddler - Joseph Buchtel
  3. A Proud Father with his Daughter - Cummings

    A Proud Father with his Daughter - c. 1890

    Taken by photographer E. G. Cummings of Lewiston, Idaho, this cabinet card view shows a Native American father, likely Nez Perce, proudly holding his daughter. Learn More
  4. Adagio Dancers in Portland - Fink Studio

    Adagio Dancers in Portland - c. 1930

    In the 1920s, acrobatic dance routines became extremely fashionable and the dances were either described as ‘whirlwind’ or ‘adagio’. Adagio dances were slower, and often involved the partners holding a pose for some period of time. Learn More
  5. Albert G. Walling, Early Publisher - Joseph Buchtel

    Albert G. Walling, Early Oregon Publisher - 1872

    A. G. Walling emigrated with his family to the West Linn area now known as Robinwood in 1849. Learn More
  6. An Old-timer of Celilo - Markham

    An Old-timer of Celilo - c. 1925

    The weathered face of this unidentified older man tells us a lot, in this portrait by Oregon postcard photographer Benjamin Markham. Learn More
  7. An Optometrist with his Lenses - Rainier Studios

    An Optometrist with his Lenses - c. 1895

    A young optometrist from Rainier, Oregon demonstrates his trial frames and a folding case holding over a hundred sample lenses. Learn More
  8. Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator

    Benjamin Stark, Portland Founder & U.S. Senator - c. 1861

    Born in Louisiana in 1820, Stark sailed to Oregon in 1845, where he soon purchased Asa Lovejoy's share of the land that eventually became downtown Portland, for $390. Learn More
  9. Bicycle Riding, 1890s Style - Clarence L. Winter
  10. Bishop Benjamin Wistar Morris - Buchtel

    Bishop Benjamin Wistar Morris - c. 1871

    This early portrait of Morris was taken by pioneer photographer Joseph Buchtel about two years after Morris arrived in Oregon to assume the position of Episcopal Bishop of Oregon. Learn More
  11. Blackface Performer in Portland - Arthur B. McAlpin

    Blackface Performer in Portland - circa 1900

    An unnamed vaudeville performer is captured in his blackface persona in the publicity photo from Portland at the turn of the last century. Learn More
  12. Bringing a Stein of Beer - Buchtel

    Bringing a Stein of Beer - c. 1872

    In early photography, cameras were so bulky that occupational photos were usually shot in the studio. Here we see a bar keeper bringing a glass beer stein to a customer. Learn More
  13. Capt. Applegate & Joaquin Miller at Klamath Agency, Steel Excursion - Kiser

    Capt. Applegate & Joaquin Miller at Klamath Agency, Steel Excursion - 1903

    Capt. O. C. Applegate was not a member of the Steel Excursion; he was leading his own party of thirty to the rim at the same time, and the two groups interacted. Learn More
  14. Captain Charles Wilkes - Silsbee, Case and Co.

    Captain Charles Wilkes - 1863

    Born in 1798, Captain Charles Wilkes is best known for leading the United States Exploring Expedition, which circumnavigated the world from 1838 through 1842, and spent significant time in the Pacific Northwest in 1841. Learn More
  15. Chief Charlot, Flathead Reservation - Forsyth

    Chief Charlot, Flathead Reservation - 1908

    Known for his scenic Montana stereoviews, photographer Forsyth created this portrait shortly before Charlot's death in 1910. Charlot led the struggle for his people to remain in the Bitter Root Valley. Learn More
  16. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - Gill

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - 1900

    This portrait of Chief Joseph was taken when he visited Washington, DC, in April of 1900. Learn More
  17. Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - Curtis

    Chief Joseph, Nez Perce - c. 1903

    This portrait of Chief Joseph was copyrighted in 1903 by Edward S. Curtis. It was likely taken when Chief Joseph visited Curtis in November of 1903 at his studio in Seattle. Learn More
  18. Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon

    Chief Tommy Thompson and his Wife Flora, Feast of the First Salmon - 1945

    In 1945, Chief Tommy Thompson was ninety years old; his last wife, Flora, was forty-seven. Learn More
  19. Chief Tommy Thompson, Age 98

    Chief Tommy Thompson, Age 98 - 1954

    Tommy Thompson served as Chief at Celilo from about 1906 until his death in 1959, two years after the loss of Celilo Falls. Learn More
  20. Colonel George Wright - Brady

    Colonel George Wright - c. 1860

    Colonel George Wright graduated from West Point in 1827, and spent almost forty years as a military officer, much of it in the Pacific Northwest. Learn More
  21. Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt

    Colville Couple, with Winchester Rifle and River Otter Pelt - c. 1895

    A couple poses outside their log house in ceremonial garb, including a breastplate worn by the man. Learn More
  22. Deputy Sheriff, Stationed at Large Hop Ranch - Lange

    Deputy Sheriff, Stationed at Large Hop Ranch - 1939

    This deputy sheriff is stationed at the paymaster's window for a Josephine County hop ranch that employed over 500 workers for the three-week harvest season each year. Learn More
  23. Dr. John McLoughlin

    Dr. John McLoughlin - c. 1854

    Dr. John McLoughlin, often called "The Father of Oregon", needs little introduction to history buffs. The Canadian-born Chief Factor of the Hudson's Bay Company at Fort Vancouver, he resigned in 1846 and moved to Oregon City where he became an American citizen. Learn More
  24. Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - Hendee

    Dr. Sidney Marsh, 1st President of Pacific University - c. 1865

    Dr. Sidney Marsh was appointed President of Tualatin Academy in Forest Grove in 1853, and carried on as that position when the school became Pacific University in 1854. Learn More
  25. Elijah Jones Davidson, Discoverer of the Oregon Caves

    Elijah Jones Davidson, Discoverer of the Oregon Caves - c. 1920

    Elijah Jones Davidson is best known for discovering the Oregon Caves in 1874. Born in Illinois, he came to Oregon as an infant in a wagon train in 1850. Learn More
  26. Elkanah Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - Bowers

    Elkanah Walker, Early Oregon Missionary - 1871

    Elkanah Walker crossed the plains with his new bride, Mary, in 1838, at a time when the Oregon Trail had not yet been given its name. Mary was known as the "third woman to cross the Rockies". Learn More
  27. Elmer E. Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - Abell

    Elmer E. Charman, Possible Graduation Photo - c. 1881

    This is likely a graduation photo for Elmer Ellsworth Charman, taken when he graduated from Oregon State Agricultural College in Corvallis in 1881, with a Bachelor of Arts degree. Learn More
  28. Father and Daughter, Astoria - Crow

    Father and Daughter, Astoria - 1880s

    Father and Daughter portrait by Samuel B. Crow of Astoria. The father looks concerned. Learn More
  29. Father and Daughters - Joseph Buchtel

    Father and Daughters - circa 1868

    We don't know the names of these people, but we can make some good assumptions about them. Learn More
  30. Fish Hawk, War Chief of the Cayuses - Moorhouse

    Fish Hawk, War Chief of the Cayuses - 1903

    Major Lee Moorhouse created a number of portraits of Chief Fish Hawk, including this striking closeup. Our reproduction is made from a large print - the original glass plate is in the University of Oregon collection. Learn More
  31. Flathead Man, Profile- Curtis

    Flathead Man, Profile - c. 1910

    One of at least two photos published by Curtis of this unidentified older man in The North American Indian, a monumental multi-volume work. Learn More
  32. Frederic Homer Balch, author of "Bridge of the Gods"

    Frederic Homer Balch, Author of "The Bridge of the Gods" - c. 1890

    Frederic Balch died at the age of 30, shortly after the publication of his famous novel, "The Bridge of the Gods", in 1890. Learn More
  33. General Isaac Stevens

    Gen. Isaac Stevens, First Governor of Washington Territory - c. 1861

    The first governor of Washington Territory, appointed by President Pierce in 1853, Isaac Stevens is also known for his survey of a northern railroad line that he completed as he traveled slowly across the continent on the way to his new position. Learn More
  34. General Joseph Lane, Governor & Senator - Turner

    General Joseph Lane, Governor & Senator - c. 1859

    Appointed as Oregon's first territorial governor in 1848, Lane served as delegate to the U.S. Congress starting in 1851, and was Oregon's first senator after it became a state in 1859. Learn More
  35. George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - Gardner

    George Gibbs, Northwest Geologist & Ethnologist - c. 1865

    George Gibbs was born in Astoria - the Astoria in New York, not Oregon. However, as a geologist and ethnologist, he contributed to the history of the Pacific Northwest, based on his studies of the languages of the indigenous peoples here. Learn More
  36. George H. Himes, Printer & Historian - Dalton

    George H. Himes, Printer and Historian - 1865

    This 1865 portrait was taken by Frank Dalton, shortly after Himes came to Portland from Olympia. Learn More
  37. George H. Williams, Judge & Senator - Gardner

    George H. Williams, Judge & Senator - c. 1865

    This intense-looking gentleman was one of Oregon's longest-serving public figures, starting as Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court in 1853 and concluding as Mayor of Portland from 1902 through 1905. Learn More
  38. George Law Curry - Jeweler, Publisher & Governor

    George Law Curry, Jeweler, Publisher & Governor - 1870s

    George Law Curry, born in Philadelphia in 1820, first entered the newspaper trade as an eleven-year-old printer apprentice in Boston. Learn More
  39. George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - Buchtel

    George Law Curry, Oregon's Last Territorial Governor - 1860s

    George Law Curry, a publisher and jewelry maker, served as Oregon Territory's governor on three different occasions. Learn More
  40. George Thorpe and Parents

    George Thorpe and Parents - 1860s

    I don't know much more than the name of the boy in the photo, but the image haunted me until I added it to this site. Learn More
  41. Modoc Chief Kintpuash (Captain Jack)

    Goose, Arikara Scout, with Custer at Little Bighorn - circa 1885

    Goose was one of about fifty Native American scouts, most from the Arikara tribe, who served with the Seventh Cavalry at the time of the Battle of the Little Bighorn. Learn More
  42. Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - Dalton

    Harvey J. Meacham, Co-founder of Meacham, Oregon - 1865

    Born in Indiana in 1828, Harvey John Meacham and his brother Alfred B. Meacham were early settlers in Eastern Oregon, who founded the town of Meacham in Umatilla County in 1863. Learn More
  43. Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - Dalton

    Harvey W. Scott, Shortly after Graduation - 1865

    Harvey Whitefield Scott, brother of Abigail Scott Duniway, is best known as the long-time editor and driving force behind the Portland Oregonian newspaper. Learn More
  44. Henry Harmon Spalding, Early Oregon Missionary - Paxton

    Henry Harmon Spalding, Early Oregon Missionary - c. 1870

    Henry H. Spalding and his wife Eliza were two of the earliest Presbyterian missionaries to travel to Oregon country, settling into their new home in Lapwai, near Lewiston, Idaho, in November 1836. Learn More
  45. Henry Thompson, Son of Chief Tommy Thompson - Markham

    Henry Thompson, Son of Chief Tommy Thompson - c. 1925

    Titled simply as "An Oregon Indian" by photographer Benjamin Markham, the subject is identified as Henry Thompson in an exhibit at Oregon's High Desert Museum. Learn More
  46. Hoo-sis-mox-mox (Yellow Hair), Chief of the Palouse - Moorhouse

    Hoo-sis-mox-mox (Yellow Hair), Chief of the Palouse - 1900

    Hoo-sis-mox-mox was selected by the Palouse people to become chief in 1886 after chief Big Thunder died. Learn More
  47. Hooverville Squatter in Portland - Rothstein

    Hooverville Squatter in Portland - 1936

    "Hooverville" was a name given to shanty towns built by homeless people during the Great Depression. They were informally named after President Herbert Hoover, who was widely blamed for the Depression.. Learn More
  48. In the Forest - Curtis

    In the Forest - 1923

    A Klamath man in traditional garb sits quietly in front of a Ponderosa pine, probably in the Klamath Basin. Learn More
  49. James H. Bird, Circuit Court Judge - Towne

    James H. Bird, Circuit Court Judge - c. 1884

    This photo may have been taken before James Harrison Bird became Circuit Judge for the 7th Oregon District. We know he held that position in 1886, at the age of 29. Learn More
  50. James John, Founder of St. Johns - Buchtel

    James John, Founder of St. Johns - c. 1875

    James John, an early settler who arrived in Oregon in 1842, platted "St. Johns on the Willamette" in 1852. Learn More

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