Walla Walla Union-Bulletin photographs, 1949-circa 2010

Overview of the Collection

Walla Walla Union-Bulletin
Walla Walla Union-Bulletin photographs
1949-circa 2010 (inclusive)
92.6 linear feet, (95 small flat boxes and 7 filing cabinets)
Collection Number
The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin photographs houses the negatives and prints taken by newspaper photographers documenting people, places, and events of the Walla Walla Valley from 1949 to circa 2010. The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin is a daily newspaper providing coverage of Walla Walla Valley since 1938.
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Whitman College and Northwest Archives
Penrose Library, Room 130
345 Boyer Avenue
Walla Walla, WA
Telephone: 5095275922
Fax: 5095264785
Access Restrictions

The negatives from the years 1949 to 1969 are open for research. The negatives from the 2021-001 accession, dating circa 1960 to circa 2010, are closed for research until further processing occurs.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Walla Walla Bulletin began publishing as a daily newspaper in Walla Walla, Washington in 1906. Four year later in 1910, John G. Kelly purchased the Bulletin and remained its publisher for 45 years. Kelly purchased the Walla Walla Morning Union in 1934. The Bulletin and the Union continued to be separate operations for a time, only publishing joint Union-Bulletin issues on Sundays beginning on May 27, 1934. On January 16, 1938 the first daily issue of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin was published. In October 1971, the Seattle Times Company purchased the Union-Bulletin.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The Walla Walla Union-Bulletin photographs, which date from 1949 to circa 2010, houses the negatives and prints of the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin newspaper. The negatives in this collection were taken by newspaper photographers capturing local people, places, and events, some of which were included in newspaper articles written about life in the Walla Walla Valley.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The donor retains copyright of these materials but has allowed the Whitman College and Northwest Archives to create reproductions for non-commercial, educational uses including, but not limited to, personal research and scholarship. Permission to publish or reproduce materials in this collection for commercial purposes, including, but not limited to, publication, sale or advertisement, must be secured from the Walla Walla Union-Bulletin.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The negatives and photographs dating from circa 1960 to circa 2010 were donated to the Whitman College and Northwest Archives by Dian Ver Valen, editor of the WWUB, on 2021 May 21. The accession number associated with this donation is 2021-001. The negatives from 1949 to 1969 were donated prior to 1985, and there is no known accession information regarding this earlier donation.

Processing Note

In the 1980s, minimal processing work occured for the portions of the collection covering 1949 to 1969. Negatives were rehoused in acid-free boxes, organized into rough chronological order, and a small portion of them were rehoused in acid-free sleeves. The vast majority of these negatives remain in their original sleeves. The 2021-001 accession, which dates from circa 1960 to 2010, has recieved no processing interventions at this time.

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