Bonnie and Roger Hull collection on Myra Albert Wiggins, 1903-2004  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Hull, Bonnie
Bonnie and Roger Hull collection on Myra Albert Wiggins
1903-2004 (inclusive)
1 linear feet, (3 boxes)
Includes both original material and photocopied material.
Collection Number
This collection comprises research materials that Bonnie and Roger Hull collected about Myra Albert Wiggins. Materials include copies of Wiggins' photographs and correspondence as well as materials relating to exhibitions and articles.
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to researchers.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956) was a successful photographer and painter who grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended Willamette University and Mills College. She studied painting at the Art Students League in New York from 1891-1894. She continued as a painter and photographer in Salem as well as Seattle and Toppenish, Washington. In 1903 Alfred Stieglitz, one of the most important photographers of the time admitted her as a member of Photo-Secession. Photo-Secession was an opportunity for photographers to unite in the common cause of promoting photography as art. Wiggins additionally wrote articles for many magazines concerning photography and was featured in exhibitions throughout the United States including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C and the National Academy in New York.

Salem artist Bonnie Hull began her research on Myra Wiggins in 1973, with the intention of writing articles and creating an exhibition on Wiggins. Bonnie curated Myra Albert Wiggins, Pictorialist, Photo-Secessionist: An Exhibition of Photographs for the Willamette University Art Department in 1976. Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Willamette University, later wrote the article, "Myra Wiggins and Helen Gatch: Conflicts in American Pictorialism" concerning Wiggins' role in American pictorial photography. Roger curated two exhibitions of Wiggins's work at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Describing: The Still Life Paintings of Myra Albert Wiggins (2004) and Myra Albert Wiggins: A Photographer's Life (2015). The latter included photographs from the Hallie Ford Museum collection and archival materials from the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection documents Bonnie and Roger Hull's findings on Myra Albert Wiggins. It includes a mix of both Wiggins' work as well as the Hull's material on Wiggins. Among Wiggins' materials are photocopies of correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz gathered from the Yale University Library and Frances Benjamin Johnston letters gathered from the Library of Congress. There are also Christmas Letters created from Wiggins' artwork sent to family and friends. Wiggins' materials also include copies and printed works of writings as well as original and copied photographs of Wiggins' artwork.

This collection also includes the correspondence, notes, exhibition materials, and articles of Bonnie and Roger Hull pertaining to Wiggins. Correspondence within the collection includes Bonnie Hull's letter to Mildred Benz, daughter of Myra Wiggins. Hull acknowledges her interest in using Wiggins' artwork for an upcoming exhibition as well as interest in learning more about Wiggins. Drafts and published copies of Roger Hull's article, "Myra Wiggins and Helen Gatch: Conflicts in American Pictorialism" is included, along with a time line Roger created to place Myra Wiggins' life in the context of the world of photography.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Library acts as "fair use" reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Preferred Citation

[Identification of item], Bonnie and Roger Hull collection on Myra Albert Wiggins, Archives and Special Collections, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1 Wiggins publications and reviews
Photocopies of magazine articles featuring Wiggins writing and/or her photography. Includes "Trials and Triumphs of an Amateur Photographer" in the September 1926 American Magazine of Art. Also includes Roger Hull's notes.
circa 1905, 1926, 1988
1 2 Wiggins Exhibitions circa 1950
1 3 Wiggins correspondence 1900-1908, 1954
1 4 Wiggins Christmas Letters
Christmas cards feature Wiggins' artwork. Letters sent to friends and family cover the events of Myra and her husband, Frederick's, year.
1 5 Myra Albert Wiggins
Includes Letters from a Pilgrim and Souvenir Kodak Competition.
1904-1905, 1954-1956, 1975
2 1 Wiggins-Clippings 1904-1905, 1954
2 2 Wiggins-Anniversaries/Funeral 1904, 1944, 1954-1956
2 3 Bonnie Hull correspondence
Correspondence with Mildred Benz regarding Myra Wiggins.
2 4 Bonnie Hull research notes undated
2 5 Wiggins exhibition curated by Bonnie Hull - Willamette University
Includes negatives of the exhibition and the artwork included in the exhibition.
2 6 Wiggins-Gatch time-line
Timeline created by Roger Hull to place Myra Wiggins' life in the context of the world of photography.
2 7 Correspondence and order forms
Correspondence relating to Wiggins and the 1976 exhibition.
1977, 1987-1992
3 1 Wiggins-Gatch manuscript circa 1992
3 2 "Myra Wiggins and Helen Gatch" History and Photography pages 152-169 1992 Summer
3 3 Wiggins, Myra copy photographs undated
3 4 Wiggins copy photographs - submitted with manuscript undated
3 5 Wiggins-miscellaneous published work 1990
3 6 Myra Wiggins - miscellaneous original photographs undated
3 7 Wiggins exhibition - Hallie Ford Museum 2004
3 8 Benz, Bob and Shirley correspondence 2003-2004
3 9 Carole Glauber - correspondence 2003-2004
3 10 Bausch and Lomb Lens Souvenir 1903

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Arts--Northwest, Pacific
  • Fine Arts
  • Personal Names :
  • Wiggins, Myra Albert, 1869-1956
  • Corporate Names :
  • Hallie Ford Museum of Art
  • Willamette University
  • Geographical Names :
  • New York (N.Y.)
  • Salem (Or.)
  • Toppenish (Wash.)