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Gerald W. Williams Collection

DSpace/Manakin Repository

Gerald W. Williams Collection

 

In 2007 the OSU Libraries acquired the Gerald W. Williams Collection, consisting of the collected historic photographs, personal papers, and research library of Gerald "Jerry" Williams, former national historian for the U.S. Forest Service. Williams, a native Oregonian, spent much of his Forest Service career in the Pacific Northwest prior to being appointed national historian in 1998.

Williams' 3,000 volume research library includes a significant number of titles pertaining to environmental history and natural resources issues, as well as Pacific Northwest and general U.S. history, Native Americans, photography, and geology and geography. Selected volumes are being digitized and are available in this ScholarsArchive@OSU collection.

Many outstanding historic photographs in the Williams Collection have been digitized and are available at http://digitalcollections.library.oregonstate.edu/cdm4/client/gwilliams/. The collection includes photos of the WWI era Spruce Production Divison, logging photos of northwest Oregon taken by John Fletcher Ford, photos of Celilo Falls taken in 1956 by Jack Williams, and photos of depression era Civilian Conservation Corps camps and activities. Many of the historic photos are postcards arranged in several geographically based albums. Examples include the Umpqua, Columbia River, and Willamette Valley albums.

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