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Dale Whitney papers, 1951-1998

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Whitney, Lois Dale
Title
Dale Whitney papers
Dates
1951-1998 (inclusive)
Quantity
5 linear feet, (7 boxes)
Collection Number
WUA017 (papers)
Summary
The Dale Whitney papers contain 35 mm negatives, photographic samples, test prints, and exhibition prints from Whitney's time as an overseas freelance photographer. Locations for these images include Austria, China, Greece, Italy, Korea, and the Philippines. Also included is a collection of publications featuring Whitney's photography and reportage.
Repository
Willamette University Archives and Special Collections
Archives and Special Collections
Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem, OR
97301
Telephone: 503-370-6866
Fax: 503-370-6141
archives@willamette.edu
Access Restrictions

This collection is open to researchers.

Languages
Materials are in English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lois Dale Whitney was a self-taught photojournalist who worked around the world on assignments for the United Nations, the World Health Organization, the United Nations Atomic Energy Agency, and for many American and European publications.

Whitney was born in Chicago in 1923 and later attended the Art Institute of Chicago. She spent much of her career living and working in Europe. In Germany, while working as a radio writer for the US Army radio station, she "discovered how to take a prize-winning photograph." In less than two years she was exhibiting in Los Angeles and San Francisco.

Whitney's first big story, "5 Years Later: The Children of Hungary's Revolution," appeared in LOOK Magazine in 1961. Her story pictorially described the psychological problems of the children of Hungary's revolution. Assignments for Vogue, The Saturday Evening Post, LOOK, M.D. and a number of medical and educational journals followed that first success.

In 1979, after twenty-four years of living and working in Europe, Whitney moved to Corvallis, Oregon. In 1990 she moved to Salem, Oregon. Many of her photographs are part of the collections of the Hallie Ford Museum of Art, The Portland Art Museum, Salem Public Library, and Salem Hospital. Whitney died of cancer on March 2, 2003.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Dale Whitney papers contain 35 mm negatives, photographic samples, test prints, and exhibition prints. A collection of publications featuring Whitney's photography and reportage along with several letters outlining photographic assignments is also included. Whitney's photographic assignments were geographically diverse, in that she took photographs in Austria, China, Greece, Italy, Korea, and the Philippines.

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], Dale Whitney papers, Pacific Northwest Artists Archive, Mark O. Hatfield Library, Willamette University.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Series I:  Photographs, 1951-1989Return to Top

This series contains photographic negatives, prints and test prints.

This series has been arranged in subseries based upon geographic location.
Container(s) Description Dates
Austria
1951-1989
box-file
1.1
Film E-33 Negative 02
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Negative 02 described as "(Very Valuable Negative) Sunset on Water + reeds, Lake Area Salzburg Austria"]
[undated]
1.2
[Film E-33 Negative 02 oversized photographic samples]
[undated]
1.3
Film 1 - Negative 30
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Negative 30 represents Sulyict Castle with moat and swan.]
[undated]
1.4
E - 44 - Negative 27A-28
[Contains 35 mm and 4 x 5 negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict scenes of nature taken near Salzburg, Austria.]
[undated]
1.5
[Film E-44 Negative 27 oversized photographic sample]
[undated]
1.6
Exhibit Pictures 2 Films
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict children in costume. Children in photographs identified as "Gaby" and "Ingrid."]
[undated]
1.7
[Exhibit Pictures 2 Films oversized photographic samples]
[undated]
1.8
Film E-46 Mountain Scenes
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples.]
1978
1.9
[E-46 Negative 11 oversized photographic sample]
1978
1.10
Film E-3 Negative 16
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict scenes of nature.]
[undated]
1.11
E-25
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. "Includes photographs of lilly pads."]
[undated]
1.12
[E-25 oversized photographic samples]
[undated]
1.13
Film 15 - Hibiscus
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples, matted print.]
[undated]
1.14
[Film E-15, E-26, E-28, E-33 oversized photographic samples]
[Photograhs depict scenes of nature.]
[undated]
2.1
Austrian Lake Two Negatives
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples.]
1975
2.2
[Austrian Lake Two Negatives oversized photographic samples, test prints]
[Contains two test prints, one page of samples.]
[undated]
2.3
E-15 negative 06 and others
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photograph depicts wooded scene.]
[undated]
2.4
Film E15 Negative 06 "Woods in Austria"
[undated]
2.5
[E-15 oversized photographic samples]
[undated]
2.6
E-40 negative 03
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict early spring in woods near Salzburg]
[undated]
2.7
[E-40 oversized photographic samples]
[undated]
2.13
E-10 Negative 9A Austria
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict swan on lake near Salzburg.]
[undated]
2.14
E-47 Negative 30
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict scene of mountains in Austria.]
[undated]
2.15
E-45 Negative 17
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict mountains in Austria.]
[undated]
2.16
E-11 Negative 11, 13
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict mountain scene and foreground meadow.]
[undated]
2.17
Films 11
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict children picking flowers.]
[undated]
2.18
E-12
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict landscapes near Salzburg, Austria.]
[undated]
2.19
E-18
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict view from Whitney's home in Anif near Salzburg.]
[undated]
2.20
E-9 Negatives 15, 16, 22
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photographs depict stream near Salzburg.]
[undated]
3.1
[Fashion Photograph]
[This is the first fashion portrait taken by Dale Whitney. The back of the matting contains annotation on light-meter readings. Geographic location of this photograph has been assumed based upon Whitney's curriculum vitae.]
1955
3.2
[United Nations High Comissioner for Refugees]
[Assignment was to photograph a large family of Hungarian refugees.]
1962
3.3
[American Baby in Crib]
[Contains 35 mm negatives, photographic sample. Geographic location of this photograph has been assumed based upon Whitney's curriculum vitae.]
1961
3.17
Hungarian Refugee Family in Austria
[Photograph is matted.]
1962
3.18
[Fashion Photoraph]
[Photograph is matted and annotated with technical specifics.]
1964
6.1
Remembering Charlie Chaplain
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts storefront.]
1986
6.2
Ingrid
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts child in costume]
1976
6.3
The White Violin
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts restaurant.]
1986
6.4
The Little Shoe Cobbler
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts figurine]
1986
6.5
Antique Glass
[Oversized matted photograph.]
1986
6.6
Where is my Cat
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts farmhouse.]
1978
6.7
Gaby
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts child in costume.]
1977
6.8
Souvenir Shop
[Oversized matted photograph.]
1989
7.1
Austria: Vienna and countryside
[Exhibition placard.]
[undated]
7.2
Austria Schloss Anif
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts castle.]
Circa 1974
7.3
Window with a View
[Oversized matted photograph.]
1986
7.4
A Very Sad Day
[Oversized matted photograph. Photograph depicts frowning figure in window.]
1986
7.3
School children Display their Art Work in Vienna, Austria
[Oversized matted photograph.]
1989
8.2
[Photographic Negatives]
[Photographs depict man reading newspaper and chimney-sweeper inside of a chimney.]
1951-1960
China
1963
box-file
7.7
Starvation
[Oversized black and white photograph. Photographed in Macau near mainland of China]
1963
Greece
[undated]
box-file
2.11
Olive Grove in Southern Greece Slide G-106
[undated]
3.13
[Photograph of old man with umbrellas]
[Photograph is mounted on foam core board and includes hanging instructions.]
[undated]
3.14
[Photograph of old man with umbrellas]
[undated]
Italy
1977
box-file
2.8
E-37 negative 30
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photograph depicts mountains named "The Three Sins" in Cortina, Italy.]
1977
2.9
[E-32, E-37 oversized photographic samples.]
1977
2.10
Lake Scene in Italy Slide I.T. 102
[undated]
2.12
Second Lake Scene in Italy Slide I.t. 101
[Contains 35 mm negatives, contact sheet, photographic samples. Photograph depicts wooded scene.]
[undated]
Korea
1963
box-file
3.4
Photograph 10 W.U.
[Photograph shows information concerning medical treatment for leprosy being given to local villagers by Public Health doctors.]
1963
3.5
Photograph 11 W.U.
[Photograph shows information concerning medical treatment for leprosy being given to local villagers by Public Health doctors. The message posted on the board states in English: "Leprosy can be cured but the remedy is toxic and must be taken in proper dosage. Self treatment is dangerous."]
1963
3.6
Photograph 8 W.U.
[Korean public health doctors and a WHO official arriving to examine school children in a village south of Seoul.]
1963
3.7
Photograph 7 W.U.
[Photograph of child with leprosy hugging her goat.]
1963
3.8
Photograph 6 W.U.
[Photograph of child with leprosy eating alone.]
1963
3.9
Photograph 5 W.U.
[Photograph shows a Korean doctor explaining to a child's parents that she is in the beginning stage of leprosy.]
1963
3.10
Photograph 9 W.U.
[Photograph shows information concerning medical treatment for leprosy being given to local villagers by Public Health doctors.]
1963
3.15
[Photograph of child with leprosy]
1963
3.16
[Photograph of child with leprosy and parent]
1963
7.5
Korea...rice paddies--en route to Leprosy Colony
[Oversized black and white photograph.]
1963
7.6
Village scene, South Korea
[Oversized black and white photograph.]
1963
Philippines
1963
box-file
7.8
Two "midwives" lighting up cigars
[Oversized black and white photograph. Photographed in Vigam, The Philippines.]
1963

Series II:  Publications, 1955-1995Return to Top

This series includes the published works of Whitney. Included are magazine articles, photo stories, and exhibits. Also included are several letters from publishers outlining photographic assignments for Whitney to complete.

Container(s) Description Dates
box-file
3.11
Stern
[Cover photograph credited to Dale Whitney]
August 26, 1962
3.12
Frankfurter Illustrierte
[Cover photograph credited to Dale Whitney]
July 15, 1962
4.1
[Photograph captions and accompanying text]
[Contains text and captions for Whitney's "Children of the Sun" exhibit.]
May 5, 1998
4.2
Gazette-Times, Corvallis, Oregon
[Contains article about Whitney's photography.]
September 5, 1979
4.3
The Oregonian, Portland, Oregon
[Contains article about Whitney's photography.]
March 21, 1980
4.4
LOOK Magazine
[Contains article produced and photographed by Whitney.]
October 10, 1961
4.5
[Technical Information for Black/White Photographs]
[Envelope name does not match contents.]
May, 1998
4.6
[Empty Envelopes]
[These envelopes refer to photographs taken by Whitney that are currently held by the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. To view these photographs please contact Hallie Ford Museum of Art.]
[undated]
5.1
Dale
[This folder contains installation instructions for an exhibit of Whitney's photography.]
1975-1989
5.2
Look Magazine Story Exhibit
[This folder contains exhibition information, including captions, for Whitney's Look Magazine story "5 Years Later: The Children of Hungary's Revolution.]
[undated]
5.3
Look Magazine Picture
[Print of photograph number 17 of Look Magazine Story.]
1961
5.4
LOOK Magazine
October 10, 1961
5.5-16
[LOOK Magazine exhibition photographs]
1975-1989
7.4
The Outcast from the Community: A Special Case
[Reprinted from World Health.]
[undated]
8.1
Negatives for the..."Look Magazine Story"
1961
8.3
[Correspondence with Roger Hull]
1998
8.4
The Rotarian
[Includes copies of The Rotarian magazine, November 1965 as well as prints of photographs published in that edition.]
November, 1965
8.5
[Curriculum Vitae]
[undated]
8.6
The Rangefinder
May, 1963
8.7
Medical Newsmagazine
[Whitney's article titled "Midwifery...Magic to Modern"]
May, 1965
8.8
Publicity - Various newspaper articles
1963-1995
8.9
Dale Whitney: Includes Photographs of Photographer and Newspaper etc. Articles re: Exhibits
1955-1964
8.10
Resale of the Look Magazine Story
1962
8.11-12
Original Letters
1960-1998
8.13
[Photographs and stories for children's magazines]
[Children's publications include Trailblazer andVenture.]
1960-1970
8.14
Foothill Focus
1956
8.15
Good Housekeeping
May, 1958
8.16
International Atomic Energy Bulletin
April, 1964
8.17
Le Monde et la Croix-Rouge
1965
9.1
UNCHR Reports
1962-1964
9.2
Revue
December, 1961
9.3
Going Places
1965-1966
9.4
Sturday Evening Post
February 25, 1967
9.5
The Stars and Stripes
May 18, 1960
9.6
Children of the Sun
[undated]
9.7
World Health Magazine
May, 1965
9.8
Roche Medical Image
1965
9.9
New York News
1963
9.10
Presbyterian Life
1963
9.11
Vogue
1965
9.12
Das Tier
1969