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Gerald W. Williams Prints and Postcards of Native Americans Collection

Repository:Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Summary:Gerald W. Williams Prints and Postcards of Native Americans Collection consists primarily of black and white and color lithographic mounted postcards and photographic prints, some by well-known western photographers and studios. The time period ranges from the late 19th century to the mid-20th century. The images depict Native American culture in North America with a focus on the northwestern and southwestern United States, especially Alaska, Oregon, and Washington. Photographers attempted to document stereotypical aspects of Native American lives through portraits of individuals, families, and mothers with children, photographs of cultural artifacts such as totem poles, recent and ancient dwellings and ruins, canoes, and activities such as fishing, weaving baskets and blankets, and gathering huckleberries. Williams acquired the images in the course of his work as a Forest Service sociologist and historian and due to his interest in the history of Native Americans in the United States, especially that of the Pacific Northwest region.
 
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Gerald W. Williams Regional Albums

Repository:Oregon State University Libraries, Special Collections and Archives Research Center
Summary:The Gerald W. Williams Regional Albums consist of images and ephemera assembled by geographical regions. They were acquired and compiled Williams in the course of his work as a Forest Service sociologist and historian and due to his avocational interest in the history of forestry and the history of the United States, especially that of the Pacific Northwest region. The albums document popular tourist destinations, national parks, the natural environment, prominent natural and architectural landmarks, forests and forest operations, mining, trains and railroads, early towns and cities, prominent citizens, and human activities, such as public events, hunting and fishing, and everyday life. More than 650 images from selected Oregon albums have been digitized as part of the Gerald W. Williams collection. Gerald Williams worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1979 to 2005 as a sociologist (1979-1998) and historian (1998-2005).

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