This collection primarily contains photographs taken by Benjamin A. Gifford, who worked both in Portland and The Dalles, Or. from 1890-1920, both as a solo photographer and in partnerships with Herbert Hale as Gifford & Hale and with Arthur M. Prentiss as Gifford & Prentiss. The collection also contains photographs taken by Benjamin's son, Ralph I. Gifford, who began work in his father's studio and later was a photographer for the Oregon State Highway Commission until his death in 1947.
Photographs of Grace Olivier Peck, an Oregon state legislator and advocate for improved prison conditions. The collection includes photographs documenting the Olivier family, Peck's life and legislative career, and the lives of her friends and associates. Included are photographs of aviator Charles Lindbergh, including one image of his speech in Portland in 1927.