Slater Family Collection, ca. 1850-2010 PDF
- Slater Family
- Slater Family Collection
- 2 boxes
- Collection Number
- Coll 206
- Family history, photographic images, books, newspaper clippings, and ephemera of the descendants of Oregon pioneers James H. Slater and Edna Elizabeth Gray. Includes travel photographs from Oregon, Canada, and the western U.S., and photographs of the 1962 Columbus Day storm in Portland, Oregon.
- Oregon Historical Society Research Library
1200 SW Park Avenue
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
Historical NoteReturn to Top
Bertha Slater Smith, native of Oregon, was best known as penning the Portland Rose Festival Rosarian’s slogan “For you a rose in Portland grows,” after winning a slogan contest in the early 1900s. Born in La Grande, Oregon, she was the daughter of pioneer parents. Her father, James H. Slater, came to Oregon by way of California in 1850. He was elected Prosecuting Attorney for the 5th Judicial District in 1866, served in the U.S. Congress from 1871-1873, and was a U.S. Senator from Oregon from 1879-1885. Bertha's mother, Edna Elizabeth Gray Slater, was born in Tennessee and was part of the storied “Lost Wagon Train” that first crossed the Cascade range at McKenzie Pass in 1853. Bertha graduated from the University of Oregon and served as president of the Sons and Daughters of the American Revolution. Her husband, Elmer Elwood Smith, was a descendent of another pioneer family whose ancestors fought in the American revolution.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists mostly of photographs dating from approximately 1850-1920. These include portraits, group photos, early snapshots, five tintype portraits, and many travel photographs, including a few battleships. Also included is a small photograph album documenting an auto trip to northeastern Oregon in 1914; negatives of scenic images; five Masonic code books; one file of newspaper clippings about the Oregon Zoo; loose album pages from the 1960s with images of the 1962 Columbus Day storm in Portland; and two pieces of school ephemera. Few of the portraits are identified. A number of images are of travel throughout the U.S. and parts of Canada, and many provide excellent images of North American cities and towns in the early part of the 20th century, including Montreal and the Louisiana Purchase Exposition of 1904 in St. Louis.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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.
Slater Family collection, Coll 206, Oregon Historical Society 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: Family HistoryReturn to Top
Letters and emails
Series B: PhotographsReturn to Top
Travel and battleship (negatives only)
Portraits and snapshots, unidentified
Tintype portraits, unidentified
Family groups, unidentified
Montreal, Quebec, Canada
Louisiana Purchase Exposition
Oregon and Victoria, BC
Auto trip album, northestern Oregon, with notes on letterhead
Album belonging to H. C. Weber, St. Helens, Astoria, “Keat family villa,” Gearhart (1912); Gearhart, Salem, Willamette River, Eugene, Victoria, B.C., Pendleton (1912)
U.S. travel, general
|ca. 1910-1920; undated|
Battleship Oregon in Portland
Album, loose pages: Columbus Day storm in Portland
Album, loose pages: Oregon Zoo
Series C: Newspaper ClippingsReturn to Top
Oregon Zoo, previously known as Washington Park Zoo, Portland
Series D: Books and EphemeraReturn to Top
Printed album, images of University of Oregon, property of Bertha Elizabeth Slater
Booklet and photo, Washington High School reunion, property of Bernice Weber Smith
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Travel photography--Oregon.
- Masonic orders
- Oregon Zoo (Portland, Or.)
- Personal Names :
- Ruhmshottel, Caroline.
- Slater, Edna Elizabeth Gray.
- Smith, Bertha Slater--Archives.
- Corporate Names :
- Louisiana Purchase Exposition (1904 : Saint Louis, Mo.)--Photographs
- Family Names :
- Slater family--Photographs.
- Geographical Names :
- Montréal (Québec)--Photographs
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Tintypes (prints)
- Other Creators :
- Personal Names :
- Slater, Jas. H. (James Harvey), 1826-1899--Photographs. (creator)