Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition photograph album, 1905

Overview of the Collection

Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition photograph album
1905 (inclusive)
25 photographic prints (1 folder) ; 4.25 x 2.5 inches
Collection Number
Photographs of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Lewis and Clark Exposition (also referred to as the Lewis and Clark Centennial and American Pacific Exposition and Oriental Fair) was held in Portland, Oregon in 1905. Its purpose was two-fold, as proposed by the Oregon Historical Society and endorsed by the Oregon legislature: to celebrate the centennial of Lewis and Clark's exploration of the Oregon Country, and to promote commercial interests, such as attracting attention to the state of Oregon for the advancement of manufacturing, the development of material resources, and expansion of trade with the Orient. Moneys were allocated for exhibitions that would show off the arts, industries, and commercial products from the Oregon region. The Exposition was a great success; in fact, it heralded seven years of great economic growth for the region and became the catalyst for an astounding population boom in Portland.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection consists of one one album of photographs of buildings and panoramas of the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition in Portland, Oregon. They include daytime views of pavilions and sculptures, as well as an evening view of the illuminated buildings from across the river.

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Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donor Robert Waddell, 1973

Processing Note

Processed by Leslie Fried; processing completed in 2007.

Photographs were removed from album; original order has been maintained. Last photograph was loose in the album.


See: Carl Abbot, The Great Extravaganza: Portland and the Lewis and Clark Exposition , Oregon Historical Society, 1981. This book offers a history of how the exposition came to be, plus forty-nine illustrations.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Lewis and Clark Centennial Exposition (1905 : Portland, Or.)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photograph albums