Jack Williams Slides, 1954-1960  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Williams, Jack, 1908-
Title
Jack Williams Slides
Dates
1954-1960 (inclusive)
Quantity
0.30 cubic feet, including 735 slides; 1 box, (1 box)
Collection Number
P 315
Summary
The Jack Williams Slides consist of color slides made by the father of Gerald W. Williams, Jack Williams, during the mid-to-late 1950s.  The images depict landscapes in Oregon, California, and Washington; birds and wildlife; and dams and other water projects in the Pacific Northwest.  Of special note are photographs of Native Americans fishing at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River, most of which are available online in Oregon Digital.  Jack Williams became interested in photography in the 1930s.  He moved to Oregon in the late 1930s and lived in Eugene, Oregon, in the 1940s and 1950s.
Repository
Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Special Collections and Archives Research Center
121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis OR
97331-4501
Telephone: 541-737-2075
Fax: 541-737-8674
scarc@oregonstate.edu
Access Restrictions

Collection is open for research.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Jack Williams was “taken with photography in the 1930s”, in the words of his son Gerald W. Williams.  Jack Williams’ eldest son, Jack A. Williams, purchased cameras and lenses on behalf of his father when he was stationed with the U.S. Air Force in Germany.  Jack Williams was an opportunistic photographer, according to his son Gerald; he didn’t set stages or use a flash or tripod.  However, he did use a special shoulder mount for his cameras.  Williams enjoyed photographing waterfowl, wildlife, and landscapes.  He also took his camera with him to construction sites for dams and highways throughout the Pacific Northwest.  Jack Williams rarely photographed people, except for occasional snapshots.

John Francis (known as Jack) Williams was born in Iowa on August 7, 1908.  He worked in Indiana and Minnesota as a young man.  After two marriages ended in divorce, Jack moved to Oregon in 1938, settling first in Klamath Falls with his third wife Gladys Norgard.  In about 1940, the Williams moved to Eugene, Oregon, where their sons Gerald W. and James were born.  Jack worked as a mechanic throughout his life and established, with partners, an auto-electric business in Springfield, Oregon, in the 1950s.  Jack moved to California  in about 1959.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Jack Williams Slides consist of color slides made by the father of Gerald W. Williams, Jack Williams, during the mid-to-late 1950s.  The images depict landscapes in Oregon, California, and Washington; birds and wildlife; and dams and other water projects in the Pacific Northwest.  The photographs include views of the Oregon coast, Crater Lake, the McKenzie River, and other lakes and rivers of the Oregon Cascades.  Several dams and water projects in Oregon and Washington are depicted, including the Pelton Dam, Clearwater Power Project, Tokatee Falls aquaduct, The Dalles Dam, Detroit Dam, Bonneville Dam, the Celilo Canal, Ice Harbor Dam, and Yale Dam.

Of special note are 20 color slides of Native Americans fishing at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River before the area was flooded by The Dalles Dam.  These images depict fishing platforms, fishermen netting salmon, a water-powered fish wheel, and a fishermen’s camp.  Most of the images are available online in Oregon Digital.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

Jack Williams Slides (P 315), Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Oregon State University Libraries.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series 1:  Oregon, 1954-1958Return to Top

Series 1 consists of 244 slides depicting landscapes and scenic views in Oregon, especially dams and water projects. The images include views of the Oregon Coast; Crater Lake; the Deschutes, Clackamas, and McKenzie Rivers; Sisters; Clear Lake; and McNary Lake. Several dams and water projects in Oregon are depicted, including the Pelton Dam, Clearwater Power Project, the aqueduct at Tokatee Falls, The Dalles Dam, Lookout Point Dam, Detroit Dam on the Santiam River, Bonneville Dam, and the Celilo Canal.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.01

Series 2:  Native Americans Fishing at Celilo Falls, 1956Return to Top

Series 2 consists of 20 slides of Native Americans netting salmon at Celilo Falls on the Columbia River before the area was flooded by The Dalles Dam. The images include views of 3-Mile Rapids, a water-powered fish wheel, fishing platforms, and a fishermen's camp. Most (18) of the images are available online in Oregon Digital.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.02

Series 3:  Landscapes and Wildlife, 1954-1960Return to Top

Series 3 consists of 439 slides depicting landscapes in California and other western states and Canada. The series also includes images of birds and other wildlife. Several photographs of dams are included in this series.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.03
California Landscapes and Wildlife
280 slides; slides of California locations include Long Beach, Pismo Beach, Santa Barbara, Shasta Lake, San Francisco, Coast Highway, the Redwood Highway, and Cherry Valley. Wildlife slides include mallards, geese, swans, cormorants, western and eared grebes, horned owls, osprey, ruddy ducks, brown bear, elk, coyotes, deer, marmots, and turtles. Slides of the English Channel and Tule Lake are also found in this folder.
1954-1957
1.04
Landscapes
159 slides; Landscape slides are from a variety of locations in California, Washington, and Canada including the Trinity River and Hills, Norden Lake, Lake Tahoe, Donner Pass, Yosemite, Bremerton, Lake Merwin, Seattle, the Olympic Mountains, Hell's Canyon, Little Salmon River, Missouri River, Saskatoon, and Edmonton. Other slides of Ice Harbor Dam, Yale Dam, Quarnstrom's Home, and the Puget Sound Navy Yard are included.
1957-1960

Series 4:  Olympic Games and Marineland, 1960Return to Top

Series 4 consists of 32 slides depicting the 1960 Winter Olympic Games, held in Squaw Valley, California, and sea animals at Marineland. Marineland of the Pacific was a public oceanarium and tourist attraction in Los Angeles County, California that opened in 1954.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1.05

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Dams--Oregon.
  • Dams--Washington (State)
  • Indians of North America--Fishing--Oregon--Celilo.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cascade Range.
  • Celilo Falls (Wash.)
  • Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)
  • Crater Lake (Or.)
  • McKenzie River (Or.)
  • Pacific Coast (Or.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Slides (photographs)