Portland General Electric Photograph Collection, 1873, 1888-1966  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Portland General Electric Company
Title
Portland General Electric Photograph Collection
Dates
1873, 1888-1966 (inclusive)
Quantity
17.21 cubic feet, ( 46 document cases, 1 oversize folder)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 151
Summary
Photographs relating to the history and development of Portland General Electric. The negatives and photographs in this collection include images of employees, power generating stations, office buildings, recreational sites, power lines, towers, streetcars, streetcar tracks, office buildings and equipment. A majority are black-and-white, with a small selection of color images. Several dam building projects are included, such as those at Round Butte, Pelton, and Oak Grove.
Repository
Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library
Davies Family Research Library
Oregon Historical Society
1200 SW Park Avenue
Portland, OR
97205
Telephone: 503-306-5240
Fax: 503-219-2040
libreference@ohs.org
Access Restrictions

Original negatives are restricted. Photographs are available to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Portland General Electric Company was founded as Willamette Electric Company in 1888 by Edward L. Eastham and Parker F. Morey. Beginning with a hydro-electric generating plant on Willamette Falls, Station A, the company grew quickly. It acquired many of the other electrical interests in the Oregon City area and in 1892 it was reorganized as Portland General Electric. Between 1892 and 1906, PGE acquired many other small electrical utilities and electric railroads, growing its holdings rapidly.

In 1906, the company once again reorganized itself as Portland Railway Light & Power Company. It operated several electric streetcar lines, including an extensive system in the city of Portland. Ridership fell in the late 1920s and the company again reorganized itself into Portland Electric Power Company (PEPCO), with two subsidiaries: Portland General Electric as the electric utility and Portland Traction Company as the railroad. PEPCO went into bankruptcy in 1939, ultimately selling all of its railroad holdings to the Portland Transit Company in 1946 and reorganizing one final time into Portland General Electric (PGE) in 1948. It was bought by Enron in 1997 but as of 2006 PGE is independent.

PGE built many power generating plants in both Oregon and Washington. These plants were primarily hydro-electric, but they also built several steam plants, a gas plants, a coal-fired plant and a nuclear power plant.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Portland General Electric photograph collection (1873, 1888-1966) contains negatives and photographs illustrating company activities, employees, publications, and power generation and distribution throughout much of the 20th century.

The negatives in Series A are arranged by original numbers assigned by PGE based on subject. These include specific stations, substations, disasters, and dams such as those built at Round Butte, Pelton, and Oak Grove. Additional general images include streetcars and trains, street lighting, power line installation, Rose Festival floats, office buildings, car barns and bridges. Of particular note are original photographs of the first station established by the Willamette Electric Company, a hyro-electric plant at Willamette Falls. A majority are glass negatives of two different sizes, 8x10 and 5x7.

The negatives in Series B are arranged by original PGE numbers assigned by year, rather than subject. Topics include dam building projects at Round Butte and Pelton, employee activities and services, stations and substations, line maintenance, PGE divisions, equipment, recreation at sites such as Timothy Lake, and the 1964 Christmas flood. Images used in the PGE Bullseye, a PGE company publication are also represented. This series also includes a large number of employee portraits, such as those from the rural services division,company presidents and retirees. It consists almost entirely of acetate negatives.

Series C includes photographs taken from 1949 to 1966, many of which are also represented by negatives in Series B. A majority of the images include corresponding negative numbers, and most are black-and-white. Arranged alphabetically by topic, they cover a diverse array of activities and events recorded by PGE. Also included are two oversize photographs mounted on board, taken of the St. Johns Bridge and Swan Island.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Oregon Historical Society is the owner of the materials in the Research Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from the Research Library prior to any use of reproductions. The Society does not necessarily hold copyright to all the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use of reproductions may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright holders.

Preferred Citation

Portland General Electric Photograph Collection, Org. Lot 151, Oregon Historical Society, Davies Family Research Library

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series A :   Negatives By PGE Subject Number ,  1873, 1888-1956 Return to Top

7.79 cubic feet (21 document cases).

Includes negatives of Portland General Electric Company.

Arranged sequentially by PGE number.
Container(s) Description Dates
Subseries 1 : 8X10 Negatives
1889, circa 1907-1932
Box/Folder
1
PGE 1-1 to PGE 7-151
2
PGE 7-153 to PGE 13-216
3
PGE 13-231 to PGE 15-173
4
PGE 15-174 to PGE 16-1047
5
PGE 20-11 to PGE 129-103
6
PGE 129-105 to PGE 130-62
7
PGE 130-63 to PGE 138-18
8
PGE 138-19 to PGE 144-1
9
PGE 144-2 to PGE 144-50
Subseries 2 : 5x7 Negatives
1873, circa 1888-1956
Box/Folder
10
PGE 1-3 to PGE 7-15
11
PGE 7-16 to PGE 8-3
12
PGE 8-4 to PGE 13-44
13
PGE 13-45 to PGE 13-126
14
PGE 13-126 to PGE 13-197
15
PGE 13-198 to PGE 16-54
16
PGE 16-55 to PGE 16-412
17
PGE 16-413 to PGE 16-811
18
PGE 16-812 to PGE 114-1
19
PGE 114-2 to PGE 129-90
20
PGE 129-94 to PGE 136-11
21
PGE 136-12 to PGE 146-3

Series B :   Negatives By PGE Year Number ,  1949-1966 Return to Top

7.41 cubic feet (20 document cases).

Includes negatives of Portland General Electric Company.

Arranged chronologically by PGE number.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
22
PGE 34-1 to PGE 49-228
23
PGE 49-229 to PGE 50-570
24
PGE 50-571 to PGE 51-903
25
PGE 51-904 to PGE 52-1236
26
PGE 52-1237 to PGE 52-1590
27
PGE 52-1591 to PGE 53-136
28
PGE 53-136 to PGE 54-128
29
PGE 54-128 to PGE 55-129
30
PGE 55-130 to PGE 55-597
31
PGE 55-598 to PGE 56-137
32
PGE 56-137 to PGE 56-208
33
PGE 56-210 to PGE 56-252
34
PGE 56-252 to PGE 57-231
35
PGE 57-231 to PGE 57-447
36
PGE 58-106 to PGE 58-148
37
PGE 59-148 to PGE 59-310
38
PGE 59-311 to PGE 60-330
39
PGE 60-330 to PGE 61-362
40
PGE 61-362 to PGE 64-250
41
PGE 64-250 to PGE 100-21

Series C :   Photographs ,  1949-1966 Return to Top

1.85 cubic feet (5 document cases, 1 oversize folder).

Includes photographs of Portland General Electric Company.

Arranged alphabetically by topic.
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
42/1
4H photographs
1950-1952
42/2
Agriculture
1950-1952
42/3
All-electric buildings
1965
42/4
Annual meeting
1960
42/5
Barge #14, hog fuel
1949-1950
42/6
Awards
1960-1961
42/7
Bay Roc apartments
1964
42/8
Beaverton and Bell substations
1949-1952, 1960
42/9
Big Sandy Dam
1949-1952
42/10
Billing department
1951
42/11
Bird control
circa 1966
42/12
Blandena substation
1949
42/13
Boones Ferry substation
1952
42/14
Bull Run
1960
42/15
Bullseye miscellaneous
1951-1952, 1960-1965
42/16
Bullseye , OSU engineering school feature
1962
42/17
Canby substation
1949-1950
42/18
Canby transmission line
1949
42/19
Canyon substation
undated
42/20
City pumping plant
1952
42/21
Commercial customers
1952, 1960-1964
42/22
Cranes
1950-1951
42/23
Crooked River
1959
42/24
Customer service division
1949-1952
42/25
Dam repair, Willamette Falls
1949
42/26
Dana substation
1951
42/27
Displays
1961-1962
42/28
Distribution
1952, undated
42/29
Eastmoreland substation
1949
42/30
Education tours
1955
42/31
Eels
1949
42/32
Electric club
1950-1952
42/33
Electrical Maintenance and Construction (EMC)
1955
43/1
Employees
1949-1952, undated
43/2
Faraday diversion
1965
43/3
Engineering department
1949-1952
43/4
Equipment (not vehicles)
1950-1952, 1963
43/5
Errol substation
1949
43/6
Fair photographs
1955
43/7
Fairlawn substation
1950-1952
43/8
Fairmont substation
1949-1950
43/9
Fire, Zidell dock
1952
43/10
Fish farm, coggin visit
1960 April
43/11
Fish screen, Big Sandy canal
1949-1952
43/12
Foremen's forum
1951
43/13
Forty year employees
1959
43/14
Gregory Heights substation
1951
43/15
Greshman division
1950-1952
43/16
Greshman substation
1962
43/17
Halsey substation
undated
43/18
Harborton substation
1949
43/19
Heat pump installation
1953
43/20
Helicopters
1963
43/21
Hillsboro Library
1951
43/22
Hillsboro office and radio antenna
1949
43/23
Hillsboro substation
1949-1951
43/24
Holgate substation
1951
43/25
Home economics
1952-1953
43/26
Housing project
1950
43/27
Howard substation
1950-1951
43/28
IBM
1951
43/29
Industrial customers
1952, 1960
43/30
Industrial load
1955
43/31
Industrial monkey
1950-1952
43/32
Irrigation
1950-1952, 1955
43/33
Island substation
1951-1952
43/34
Jennings lodge substation
1952
43/35
Junior achievement award
1952
43/36
Knott substation
1949,1958
43/37
Laurelhurst substation
1952
43/38
Leaders club
1950
43/39
Lents substation
1949-1951
43/40
Liberty substation
1950
43/41
Lighting
1952
43/42
Line department
1949-1952
43/43
Line extension
1949
43/44
Load dispatcher's office
1963
43/45
Loader
1950
44/1
Market Street garage
1951
44/2
Mclain substation
1949-1950
44/3
Men's forum
1960
44/4
Merrykhana parade
1960-1961
44/5
Middlegrove substation
1949-1950
44/6
Mt. Angel ballpark lights
1949
44/7
Mt. Angel substation
1951
44/8
Mt. Pleasant substation
1952
44/9
Multnomah substation
1951
44/10
Newberg
undated
44/11
Newberg substation
1951
44/12
New Canyon substation
1966 January
44/13
New Tigard substation
1952
44/14
New Yamhill substation
1950
44/15
North Fork
1960
44/16
North Plains substation
1951
44/17
Nurse, PGE
1952
44/18
NWEL and power conversion
1950-1951
44/19
Oak Grove dam and lake
1949
44/20
Office improvements
1955
44/21
Oil filter tank
1950-1951
44/22
Oil painting in office of Henry Cabell
1949
44/23
Oregon City Division
1950
44/24
Oregon City Division, service center
1951-1952
44/25
Parade of homes
1952
44/26
Past Timer activities
1952, 1958-1960
44/27
Pelton project
1951-1952, 1960
44/28
Pelton recreation
1960
44/29
Personalities
1955
44/30
Personnel
1956-1966
44/31
Picnic, Portland Division
1950-1952
44/32
Plane
1965
44/33
Pole treatment
1952
44/34
Pole-wrench
1950
44/35
Pole yard, Gresham Division
1949
44/36
Portable substation
1952
44/37
Portland line crew
1952
44/38
Radio transmitter
1952
44/39
Ramapo substation
1949-1950
44/40
Raymond substation
1951
44/41
Repair crew, Portland Division
1950-1952
44/42
Reproduction department
1949
44/43
Retirees
1951-1962
44/44
Richmond substation
1951
44/45
Rose festival
1955
44/46
Rose festival float
1949-1952
45/1
Roslyn Park recreation
1960 August
45/2
Round Butte Dam
1952, 1966
45/3
Round Butte Dam, location in canyon
1960
45/4
Ruby substation
1951
45/5
Rural services
1960
45/6
Safety
1951-1963
45/7
Salem Office
1949-1950
45/8
Salvage department
1958
45/9
School lighting
1950-1952
45/10
Scoggins Valley substation
1951
45/11
Scotts Mills
1961 May
45/12
Service Center
1955
45/13
Service change
1960
45/14
Service drops
1949-1952
45/15
Sheridan drops
1949
45/16
Silverton substation
1949
45/17
Six corners substation
1951
45/18
Sprayer (chemical sprayer equipment)
1950-1952
45/19
Sprinkler system, Fairmont substation
1949
45/20
Standard Insurance contract signing
1960
45/21
Station B (folder 1 of 3)
1952-1953
45/22
Station B (folder 2 of 3)
1952-1953
45/23
Station B (folder 3 of 3)
1952-1953
45/24
Station E
1949-1952, 1960, undated
45/25
Station G
1952
45/26
Station H
1950-1952
45/27
Station L
1949-1952
45/28
Station M (folder 1 of 2)
1951-1952
45/29
Station M (folder 2 of 2)
1951-1952
45/30
Station O
1950-1952
46/1
Station P
1949
46/2
Stenographic department
1949
46/3
Stephens substation
1950-1951
46/4
St. Helens Division
1950, 1962
46/5
St. Helens substation
1960
Oversize
St. Johns Bridge, north
undated
46/6
St. Mary's substation
1949-1951
46/7
Street cars
undated
46/8
Street lighting (folder 1 of 2)
1949-1960
46/9
Street lighting (folder 2 of 2)
1949-1960
46/10
Substation B, West Linn
1949-1952
Oversize
Swan Island
undated
46/11
Sylvan substation
1952
46/12
Tabor substation
1949-1952
46/13
Testing department
1951-1952
46/14
Timothy Lake
1959
46/15
Timothy Meadows
1952
46/16
Tours
1962
46/17
Transformers
1951-1952
46/18
Transmission lines
1949-1951, 1961
46/19
Tree trimming
1949-1952
46/20
Tualatin Fire Department
1951
46/21
Tualatin Valley Division
1951-1952
46/22
Twenty year club
1952
46/23
Underground
circa 1955
46/24
Underground department
1949-1951
46/25
Vehicles
1950-1961
46/26
Vernon substation (19th and Prescott)
1951
46/27
Villa substation
1951
46/28
Voit Rubber Company
1951
46/29
Willamina substation
1951
46/30
Willamette Valley division
1949-1952, 1960
46/31
Window display
1952 December
46/32
Woodstock substation
1949-1953
46/33
Yamhill division
1950-1952

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Billy Chinook, Lake (Or.)
  • Electric substations--Oregon
  • Electric substations--Oregon--Photographs
  • Lakes--Oregon
  • Nuclear power plants--Oregon
  • Nuclear power plants--Oregon--Design and construction
  • Nuclear power plants--Oregon--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Nuclear power plants--Oregon--Photographs
  • Rivers-​-​Oregon-​-​Deschutes River
  • Rivers-​-​Oregon-​-​Sandy River
  • Steam power plants--Oregon
  • Steam power plants--Oregon--Photographs
  • Clackamas Co., Or.
  • Columbus Day Storm, 1962
  • Columbus Day Storm, 1962--Photographs
  • Dams--Oregon
  • Dams--Oregon--Design and construction
  • Dams--Oregon--Design and construction--Photographs
  • Dams--Oregon--Photographs
  • Electric power--Oregon
  • Electric utilities--Oregon--Portland
  • Fires--Oregon--Photographs
  • Floods--Oregon--1964--Photographs
  • Floods--Oregon--Photographs
  • Ice storms--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Mountains-​-​Oregon-​-​Hood, Mount (Or.)
  • Nuclear industry--Oregon
  • Parade floats--Oregon--Photographs
  • Parade floats--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Portland Rose Festival--Photographs
  • Railroad accidents--Oregon--Photographs
  • Railroad bridges--Oregon--Photographs
  • Railroad cars--Oregon
  • Railroad cars--Oregon--Photographs
  • Railroad tracks--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Rivers-​-​Oregon-​-​Clackamas River (Or.)
  • Street-railroads--Oregon--Portland--Photographs
  • Water power--Oregon
  • Corporate Names :
  • Pacific Power and Light Company--Records and correspondence
  • Portland General Electric Company--Employees
  • Portland General Electric Company--Employees--Photographs
  • Portland General Electric Company--Records and correspondence
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Negatives (photographic)
  • Photographs