Archives West Finding Aid
Table of Contents
- Overview of the Collection
- Content Description
- Use of the Collection
- Administrative Information
- Detailed Description of the Collection
- Names and Subjects
Frank S. Matsura Photographs, 1907-1913
Overview of the Collection
- Matsura, Frank, 1873-1913.
- Frank S. Matsura Photographs
- 1907-1913 (inclusive)19071913
- 2 Linear feet of shelf space, (2 Boxes), (1886 Items)
- Collection Number
- PC 35 (collection)
- Photographic prints depicting pioneer life in Okanogan County, Washington, including scenes of work and entertainment.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
- Access Restrictions
This collection is open and available for research use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Frank S. Matsura arrived in the United States from Japan in 1905, settling briefly in Seattle before crossing the Cascades to take a job at the Elliot Hotel in Conconully, Washington, as a handyman. In 1907 he moved to Okanogan, Washington, and opened a photography studio, which he operated until his death from tuberculosis in 1913 at the age of 32. Judge William C. Brown served as administrator of Matsura's effects and gained custody of his photographs. As one of Matsura's closest friends, Judge Brown recognized the historical importance of the photographs in his custody.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The photographs have been sorted into subject groupings and roughly organized into eight series. Series I. People - Includes individual and group portaits, children, Judge William Compton Brown's animals, athletics, Indians, and horsemen; Series II. Places - Consists of photographs of the Columbia River Okanogan, Omak, and Riverside; Series III. Things - Includes automobiles, homesteads and ranches, horse-drawn vehicles, houses, and orchards; Series IV. Activities includes scenes of farming, irrigation projects in Okanogan, construction of the Conconully Dam and the Elgin Canyon Road; Series V. Scrapbook - Includes mounted prints; and Series VI. Oversize - Consists of photographs of athletic groups. Series VII. Recent (2001) Japanese materials - Consits of photographs and printed materials by Tatsuo Karihara relating to Matsura; Series VIII. Scrapbook - Consists of a dismantled scrapbook added to the collection after the initial processing.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Alternative Forms Available
Almost all of the items in this collection have been digitized and are available online as the Frank S. Matsura Image Collection
Restrictions on Use
Copyright restrictions may apply.
Frank S. Matsura Photographs, 1907-1913 (PC 35)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The photographs have been roughly organized into eight general series and sorted within by subjects. Series I. People; Series II. Places; Series III; Series IV. Activities; Series V. Scrapbook includes mounted prints; Series VI. Oversize; Series VII. Recent (2001) Japanese materials; and Series VIII. Scrapbook.
The Frank S. Matsura photographs were received by the Washington State University Library in the early 1960's as part of the papers of William Compton Brown. A scrapbook purchased by MASC in 2005 was added to the collection as Series 8.
The photographs were processed in February, 1979 by David Smestad. During this processing, any original nitrate negatives were removed for safety; photographic prints were made from these and used to replace the negatives, which were then discarded. Terry Abraham conducted additional arrangement and description in February, 1981. In 2010, a scrapbook purchased by MASC in 2005 was added to the collection as Series 8.
The photographs were seperated from the William Compton Brown Papers, 1830-1963 (Cage 196)
Nez Perce Photographs, circa 1877-1905 (PC 83)
Lucullus Virgil McWhorter Photographs, circa 1868-1950 (PC 85)
Cull A. White Photographs and Negatives, 1861-1950 (PC 86)
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Series 1: PeopleReturn to Top
W. C. Brown
W. C. Brown's animals
Horsemen and horsewomen
"Short shots" (multiple image negatives)
Couples, athletic groups and other
Series 2: PlacesReturn to Top
Okanogan fair and parades
Okanogan high bridge
Series 3: ThingsReturn to Top
Blacksmith, tack shop
Homesteads and ranches
Street scenes and buildings
Series 4: ActivitiesReturn to Top
Hunting and fishing
Farm land development
Okanogan Irrigation project
Construction of GNRR into Okanogan
Construction of Conconully Dam
Elgin Canyon Road construction
Series 5: ScrapbookReturn to Top
Scrapbook of mounted prints
Series 6: OversizeReturn to Top
Series 7: Recent (2001) Japanese materialsReturn to Top
Photographs and printed materials by Tatsuo Karihara relating to Matsura, including recent photographs from vantage points used by Matsura.
Series 8: ScrapbookReturn to Top
Dismantled scrapbook. A photocopy of the original scrapbook/placement is included.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Brown, William Compton, 1869-1963 -- Photographs.
- Matsura, Frank, 1873-1913 -- Archives.
- Okanogan County (Wash.) -- History -- Photographs.