Benson family photographs collection, 1896-1970  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Benson family
Title
Benson family photographs collection
Dates
1896-1970 (inclusive)
Quantity
3 cubic ft., (7 document cases and 2 flat boxes)
Collection Number
Org. Lot 1206
Summary
Photographs of the family of Portland businessman Simon Benson and his second wife, Pamela Loomis, including sons Chester Simon Benson and Gilbert Thereon Benson, and grandchildren Gilbert Thomas Benson and Margaret Benson Maradudin.
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

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Simon Benson (1851-1942), a Norwegian immigrant, found considerable success in the innovative management of his substantial timber holdings. He also built the Benson and Columbia Gorge Hotels, and as a strong proponent of the good roads movement, propelled development of the Columbia River Highway. His second marriage, to Pamela Loomis, produced two sons, Gilbert Thereon and Chester Simon. Gilbert died in 1928, well into graduate studies at Stanford University. Chester married Dorothy Logan, and together they raised son Gilbert Thomas and daughter Margaret (Maradudin).

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection consists of photographs of the family of Portland businessman Simon Benson and his second wife, Pamela Loomis, including Simon Benson, his sons Chester Simon Benson and Gilbert Thereon Benson, and grandchildren Gilbert Thomas Benson and Margaret Benson Maradudin. Includes baby albums and portraits, as well as photographs depicting travel, boating, Stanford University, California, Oregon Coast, Columbia River Gorge, and Benson family residences in Portland as well as their summer cottage, Riverwood, in Lake Oswego, Oregon.

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

Benson family photographs collection, Org. Lot 1206, 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:  Photographic prints, 1896-1970Return to Top

1.1 cubic ft. (3 document cases and 1 oversize folder)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/1
Mr. & Mrs. Simon Benson portraits
1896; undated
1/2
Aerial views
undated
1/3
Airplanes, Airport
undated
1/4
Automobiles
1920s
1/5
Babies
circa 1910-1970
1/6
Benson Place (Riverwood House)
undated
1/7
Boating
undated
1/8
Boats
undated
1/9
Boats and airplanes
1920s
1/10
Buildings
1920s
1/11
Buildings, unknown Southwest locations
undated
1/12
Cabins
undated
1/13
Children
circa 1920-1970
1/14
Christmas
1967
1/15
Columbia Gorge Hotel (Hood River, Or.)
1921 July 8
1/16
Columbia River Gorge
1920 August
1/17
Death Valley
Stock photos and photo postcards from Frashers Foto - Pomona
circa 1930
1/18
Gardens
Related to Benson Place (Riverwood House) photos in 1/6.
undated
1/19
Hawaii
1920s or 1930s
1/20
Horses - jumping and racing
undated
1/21
House interiors
undated
1/22
Houses
undated
2/1
People
1920s
2/2
People and pets
undated
2/3
Pets
circa 1920s-1970
2/4
Photo booklet
1961 October
2/5
Photographs developed in Paris
1920s
2/6
Photo strips
undated
2/7
Sailboats
undated
2/8
Seaside bath house
undated
2/9
Southwest Indian ruins and other photos
1960 July
2/10
Tintype (cased) - Portrait of unidentified woman
undated
2/11
Travel album: Quebec, Mt. Rainier, and other scenes
1940s
2/12
Unidentified photos
1960 May
2/13
Views and miscellaneous objects
circa 1920s
2/14
Wildlife
undated
2/15
Yosemite
undated
3/1
Portraits removed from frame
1914 May
3/2
Scenic views
circa 1920s
3/3
Unidentified people
1920s-1970s
3/4
Unidentified portraits
circa 1900-1950
3/5
Unidentified photos
circa 1910s-1950s
3/6
Letter to Chester Benson from Betty (Honolulu, Hawaii), with photographs
1925 May 1
3/7
Photo postcards
1940; undated
3/8
Business and membership cards
1971; undated
3/9
Selected negative envelopes and inserts
circa 1920-1960
8/1
Oversize portraits (includes Chester Benson)
circa 1940

Series B:  Photo albums, 1899-1940Return to Top

1.72 cubic ft. (3 document cases and 2 flat boxes)
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
4/1
Album 2 - Chester Benson
1915-1920
4/2
Album 3 - Unidentified
circa 1939
4/3
Album 4 - Gilbert Thereon Benson - Riverwood House (Lake Oswego, Or.)
1919-1921
5/1
Album 5 - Gilbert Thereon Benson - Stanford, California, and Pacific Northwest scenes
1918-1921
5/2
Album 6 - possibly Margaret Benson
Photographs removed from album for preservation purposes. Album discarded.
circa 1940
5/3
Album 7 - Gilbert Thomas Benson - Baby album
1929-1932
6/1
Album 8 - probably Gilbert Thomas Benson & Margaret Benson - Baby album
approx. 1929-1935
6/2
Album 9- Chester Benson
1920s
6/3
Album 10 - Cabinet card portraits
Photographs removed from album for preservation purposes. Numbered to retain order. Empty album stored in Box 7.
1899; undated
Box 7
Album 10 (empty)
See note for 6/3.
1899
Box 8
Album 1 - Chester Benson family, including Gilbert Thomas Benson
circa 1930-1940
Box 8
Album 11 - Riverwood House (Lake Oswego, Or.) - includes Chester Benson, et al
possibly 1920s

Series C:  Unprocessed Negatives, circa 1920s, undatedReturn to Top

0.18 cubic ft. (1 document case)

This box is stored offsite. Access is restricted and requires special arrangements with library staff.

These negatives are unprocessed. Some or all may correspond to prints in Series A and B.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
9/1
Roll of nitrate negative film
undated
9/2
Assorted negatives
undated
9/3
Assorted negatives
circa 1920s
9/4
Assorted negatives
circa 1920s
9/5
Best of S.L.C.
undated
9/6
Boating
undated
9/7
Grandma's, 295 Front St.
circa 1920s

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Boats and boating -- Photographs
  • Buildings, structures, etc. -- Photographs
  • Children--Oregon--Photographs
  • College life--Photographs
  • Voyages and travels -- California--Photographs
  • Voyages and travels -- Oregon--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Benson family--Photographs
  • Benson, Chester Simon, 1902-1971--Photographs
  • Benson, Gilbert Thereon, 1896-1928 --Photographs
  • Benson, Gilbert Thomas, 1929-2011--Photographs
  • Benson, Simon, 1851-1942--Photographs
  • Maradudin, Margaret Benson--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Stanford University--Photographs
  • Family Names :
  • Benson family--Homes and haunts--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Columbia River Gorge (Or.and Wash.)--Photographs
  • Lake Oswego (Or.).--Photographs
  • Pacific Coast (Or.)--Photographs
  • Portland (Or.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints