J.B. Horner Photograph Collection, 1846 - circa 1925  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Horner, John B., 1856-1933.
Title
J.B. Horner Photograph Collection
Dates
1846 - circa 1925 (inclusive)
circa 1910 - circa 1920 (bulk)
Quantity
0.25 cubic foot, including 176 photographs , (5 boxes)
Collection Number
P 100
Summary
The J.B. Horner Photograph Collection consists of images assembled by Horner depicting historical figures and groups of people, such as members of the Siletz and Umatilla Indian tribes, as well as locations around Oregon. The collection also contains a number of images depicting early life on the Oregon State University campus and individuals associated with the university. John B. Horner taught English and history at Oregon Agricultural College from 1891 until his death in 1933.
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

John B. Horner taught English and history at Oregon Agricultural College from 1891 until his death in 1933; founded the college museum; and wrote extensively on Oregon history and literature.

John B. Swadelnack was born on August 4, 1856 in central Texas to Frank and Mary Anna Swadelnack. He took the surname Horner after his widowed mother married Elias Horner in Walla Walla (Washington Territory). After attending Whitman College, Horner enrolled in Philomath College, receiving the BS degree (1877) and the MS degree (1879). He also attended Willamette University and received AB (1885) and MS (1887) degrees. In the 1880s, he taught school at several places in Oregon, including Buena Vista, Union, Brownsville, Roseburg, and Albany. He married Isabelle Skimpton on September 5, 1880; they had two daughters, Vera Delle and Pearl Alicia.

In 1891, he began a teaching career at Oregon State that lasted for more than 40 years. He taught English from 1891 to 1902 and history from 1902 until 1933. In 1925, Horner formally established the museum at Oregon State that was later named for him. He wrote several books on Oregon history and literature as well as numerous articles. Horner died on September 14, 1933 in Corvallis.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The J.B. Horner Photograph Collection consists of images related to the history of Oregon and of Oregon State University that were assembled by Horner, perhaps for teaching, lectures, or use in his book Oregon History. The bulk of the collection consists of lantern slides (111 items). Several of the lantern slides are part of a "History of Oregon" series and others are identified as "Oregon Literature". A number of early government officials are pictured, as well as a building in Corvallis that served as the territory capitol for a number of months in 1855.

Of special note are images of Siletz Indians, Umatilla Indians of the Columbia Plateau, Modoc warriors, and Louis Southworth, an African American resident of Benton County.

The collection also contains images of natural scenes, including mountains, the Great Oregon Caves and the Oregon Coast; Oregon Agricultural College cadets and color guard; and other scenes on the early Oregon State campus, including the original Corvallis College building.

The collection includes 111 lantern slides, 52 prints, and 13 glass negatives. Many of the lantern slides contained in the collection were produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon; some of the lantern slides have been hand-colored. The glass negatives are copy negatives of photographic prints, portraits and published photographs. Prints made from the lantern slides and one of the glass negatives (probably in the 1980s) as well as original prints are part of the collection. Ball Studio made some of the portrait photographs in the collection. The original prints include images of several Oregon Agricultural College presidents.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Preferred Citation

J.B. Horner Photograph Collection (P 100), Oregon State University Special Collections & Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Lantern Slides, 1846 - circa 1925Return to Top

111 lantern slides and 35 prints

Series I consists primarily of lantern slides; the series also includes prints of some of the lantern slides that were probably made in the 1980s. Of special note are images of the homes and people of the Siletz and Umatilla Tribes. This series depicts historic Oregon figures -- including Governors Whiteaker, Isaac Lee Patterson, Curry, and Pierce, and General Joseph Lane -- as well as Oregon landmarks such as the Great Oregon Caves, Mount Jefferson, Mount Washington, and the Oregon Coast. This series also contains images of Oregon Agricultural College (OAC) campus buildings, OAC cadets and color guard. Many of the lantern slides were produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon. Some have been hand-colored.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
2
P100:001: Oregon Governor Isaac Lee Patterson
circa 1925
2
P100:002: Governor George Curry and wife
Lantern slide was produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
1846
2
P100:003: "History of Oregon," General Joseph Lane, aged 78
1879
2
P100:004: "History of Oregon," John Whiteaker, The first state governor
circa 1860
2
P100:005: Oregon Governor Walter M. Pierce
circa 1925
2
P100:006: Elijah Davidson at the entrance of Oregon Caves
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1910
2
P100:007: Rogue River
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon. It has been hand-colored.
2
P100:008: Military cadets in fancy drill, OAC
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
circa 1910
2
P100:009: Military cadets in the mess hall
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1900
2
P100:010: Cadet color guard
Lantern slide produced by the Weister company in Portland, Oregon. It has been hand-colored.
circa 1915
2
P100:011: Drawing class
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1915
2
P100:012-P100:013: Methodist Church on 4th and Madison in Corvallis
2 lantern slides
2
P100:014: Battleship Oregon
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1900
2
P100:015: "History or Oregon," Seals
Image includes the "Salmon seal," "Seal of Territory of Oregon," and "Beaver Money."
2
P100:017: Wesley Walters and his wife
2
P100:019: Automobiles leaving Grants Pass for the Great Oregon Caves
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1910
2
P100:020: Mount Jefferson
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:021: Pack train approaching the Great Oregon Caves
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1910
2
P100:022: Mount Washington from Clear Lake, Oregon
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:023: Automobiles on way to Great Oregon Caves
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
circa 1910
1, 2
P100:024: Siletz: Alsea Johnson aged 90 and Susan Jack aged 85
lantern slide and 3 prints
1, 2
P100:025: Siletz: John Woodman aged 80
lantern slide and 2 prints
circa 1920
1, 2
P100:026: Siletz: Robert R. Depoe and family
lantern slide and print
Depoe was the teacher of the Upper Farm Day School.
1, 2
P100:027: Indian woman in front of teepee
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:028: Siletz: home of Indian Louis Fuller
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:029: Siletz: Mr. and Mrs. Charley Johnson
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:030: Siletz: Dr. and Mrs. Leo Frastenberg, of Smithsonian Institution
lantern slide and print
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
circa 1915
1, 2
P100:031: Siletz village
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:032: Siletz: the Chetco Ben and Joshley Brown family
lantern slide and 4 prints
Top row from left: Dora Delgado, daughter Margaret Annie, Ella Ben, and Agatha Williams. Bottom row from left: 3rd person is Mary Washington, 5th person is Archie.
1, 2
P100:033: Siletz: Ex. superintendent Egbert and family with uncle
2 lantern slides and 2 prints
1, 2
P100:034: Oregon "Nature's Child"
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:035: Siletz: Mrs. Lucy Jourdan, aged 95
lantern slide
Lanter slide has been hand-colored.
1, 2
P100:036: Siletz: Mose Lane's home
lantern slide and print
1, 2
P100:037: Siletz: Joe Lincoln
lantern slide and print
Lincoln died in 1914 at the age of 104. Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:038: Indian artifacts
2
P100:039: "Oregon Literature," sunset on coast
2
P100:040: James G. Clark
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:041: Stooptoopnin, a friend of the whites
1, 2
2
P100:043: Scar face Charley
2
P100:044: Ipnasalatalc, a friend of the whites
1, 2
P100:045: Umatilla Indian family
lantern slide and print
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:046: Black Jim and Boston Charley, Modoc warriors
2
P100:047: Sconchin, Modoc warrior
2
P100:048: Ben Jory riding "Hot Stuff"
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:049: "Oregon Literature," portrait of Sam Simpson
lantern slide
Lantern slide produced by Weister Company of Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:050: Commemoration of Frederic Homer Balch, unveiling of marker in Linn County
2
P100:051: "Oregon Literature," wreck of the Peter Iredale
Lantern slide produced by Weister Company of Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:052: "Oregon Literature," Oregon coast
Lantern slide produced by Weister Company of Portland, Oregon. It has been hand-colored.
2
P100:053: Three Sisters mountains, Oregon.
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:054: A boat ride
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:055: "Jerusalem to Jericho," a rose bush
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:056: A 15 inch maple leaf
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:057: Oyster bed
2
P100:058: Topping a tree
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
2
P100:059: Campbell Hall, Oregon Normal School, Monmouth
2
P100:060: Frank Riddle, husband of Indian Winema.
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
1, 2
P100:061: Klamath brave of Modoc fame
lantern slide and print
2
P100:062: Joint House Resolution No. 37
2
P100:063: "In Holy Places," Presbyterian Church, Corvallis
2
P100:064: House behind Presbyterian Church
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:065: Officers of society
Pictured: Mrs. J.B. Horner, Mrs. F. Berchtold, Mrs. J.W. Morgan, Mrs. F.S. Appelman and Mrs. W.E. Rosencrans.
2
P100:066: First brick church in Oregon at St. Paul
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:067: Old fort at The Dalles
Lantern slide has been hand-colored.
2
P100:069: Lighthouse at Cape Foulweather
3
P100:070: W. J. Kerr
Also exists as a glass negative.
3
P100:071: James Withycombe
3
P100:072: Pinto Colvig cartoon to Prof. J. B. Horner
3
P100:073: "History of Oregon," portrait of OSU President Thomas M. Gatch, 1897-1907
lantern slide
Prints avaiable in Series III.
circa 1900
3
P100:074: "History of Oregon," President B. L. Arnold
lantern slide
Print avaiable in Series III.
3
P100:075: W. J. Kerr
lantern slide
Print avaiable in Series III.
3
P100:076: Benton Hall
3
P100:077: Women weaving
3
P100:078: Campus view
1, 3
P100:079: "History of Oregon," President William Jasper Kerr
lantern slide
Portrait photograph by Ball Studio. Prints available in Series III.
circa 1910
3
P100:080: Margaret Snell
1, 3
P100:081: Art class on campus
lantern slide and print
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company of Portland, Oregon. It has been hand-colored.
3
P100:082: Corvallis College on 5th Street
circa 1875
3
P100:083: Corvallis College on 5th Street
1874
1, 3
P100:084: Corvallis College North wing
lantern slide and print
1874
3
P100:085: Education Hall
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
3
P100:086: Apperson Hall
3
P100:087: Louis Southworth playing a violin
Corvallis blacksmith. Photograph by Ball Studio. Print available in Series III.
1915
3
P100:088: "In the shadow of a mountain"
Lantern slide produced by the Weisyer Company in Portland, Oregon.
1, 3
P100:089: Indian Women
lantern slide and print
3
P100:091: Oregon Territorial Capitol Building in Marysville
Glass copy negative and prints also available in Series II.
circa 1900
3
P100:094: View of Willamette River
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon. It has been hand-colored.
3
P100:095: Church interior
3
P100:096: Surgeon's quarters, Remains of U.S. Infantry fort at The Dalles
1858
3
P100:097-P100:098: Various houses
3
P100:099: Falls along Columbia
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
1, 3
P100:100: Indians in cultural dress posing around campfire
lantern slide and 3 prints
1, 3
P100:101-P100:104: Indian men in cultural dress
4 lantern slides and 4 prints
3
P100:105: Portrait of a woman and child
Lantern slide produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon.
3
P100:106: Portrait of a woman
3
P100:107-P100:111: Portraits of unidentified men
Two of the lantern slides were produced by the Weister Company in Portland, Oregon. One has been hand-colored. A glass copy negative is available for P100:111 in Series II. =
3
P100:113-P100:114: Portraits of unidentified men
3
P100:118: Portrait of an unidentified man
1, 3
P100:119: The Masonic Temple, the Masons
lantern slide and print
Lantern slide has been hand colored.

Series II:  Glass Negatives, 1852 - circa 1920Return to Top

13 glass negatives and 2 prints

Series II consists of glass copy negatives of photographic prints, portraits, and published photographs. These include portraits of Oregon Agricultural College President William Jasper Kerr and several other men, several of which are identified. Of special note are images of the former Oregon Territorial Capitol Building in Corvallis, Oregon. The structure served as the capitol building for a few months in 1855.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
P100:016: Joab Powell
undated
4
P100:018: "First photo taken of Front Street, Portland in 1852"
Glass copy negative of published photograph with printed caption.
1852
4
P100:070: W. J. Kerr
Also exists as a lantern slide.
circa 1920
4
P100:079: President Kerr
2 glass negatives
Glass copy negative of portrait photograph by Ball Studio.
circa 1920
4
P100:090: James G. Clark
1, 4
P100:092: Oregon Territorial Capitol Building in Marysville
glass copy negative and prints
This wooden building was the Oregon Territorial Capitol for a few months in 1855. Lantern slide available in Series I.
circa 1900
4
P100:093: Oregon Territorial Capitol Building in Marysville
circa 1900
5
P100:111: Portrait of a standing man
Also available as a lantern slide in Series I.
5
P100:112: Portrait of a man
Glass copy negative of portrait photograph by Ball Studio.
5
P100:115-P100:117: Various portraits of men

Series III:  Original Prints, circa 1875 - circa 1925Return to Top

15 prints

Series III consists of photographic prints assembled by Horner or added to the collection at a later time. The prints include portrait photographs of Oregon State presidents B.L. Arnold, Thomas M. Gatch, and William Jasper Kerr as well as two images of Louis Southworth, an African American resident of the Alsea Valley in Benton County.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
P100:068: Louis Southworth
3 prints
circa 1915
1
P100:073: "History of Oregon," portrait of OSU President Thomas M. Gatch
5 prints
Lantern slide also available in Series I.
circa 1900
1
P100:074: "History of Oregon," President B. L. Arnold
Lantern slide available in Series I.
circa 1875
1, 3
P100:075: W. J. Kerr seated at desk
Lantern slide available in Series I.
circa 1925
1
P100:079: "History of Oregon," President William Jasper Kerr
4 prints
Portrait photograph by Ball Studio. Lantern slide available in Series I.
circa 1910
1
P100:087: Louis Southworth playing a violin
Corvallis blacksmith. Photograph by Ball Studio. Lantern slide available in Series I.
1915

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • College presidents--Oregon--Corvallis.
  • Governors--Oregon.
  • Indians of North America--Columbia Plateau.
  • Modoc Indians.
  • Siletz Indians.
  • Personal Names :
  • Arnold, B. L. (Benjamin Lea), 1839-1892.
  • Gatch, Thomas M.
  • Kerr, William Jasper, 1863-1947.
  • Corporate Names :
  • Corvallis College.
  • Oregon Agricultural College.
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cascade Range.
  • Corvallis (Or.)
  • Oregon--History.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Glass negatives.
  • Lantern slides.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Ball Studio. (photographer)
    • Weister Company. (photographer)