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William “Gil” Gilbaugh Photographic Negatives, 1960s-1980s
Overview of the Collection
- Gilbaugh, William
- William “Gil” Gilbaugh Photographic Negatives
- 1960s-1980s (inclusive)19601989
- 2.75 Linear feet of shelf space, (6 boxes)
- Collection Number
- PC 181 (collection)
- Approximately 5500 black and white photographic negatives from the 1960s, 1970s, and 1980s, depicting the natural beauty, geology, and history of Washington State. Special emphasis is given to abandoned rural schoolhouse and buildings.
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
William “Gil” Gilbaugh, 1920-2013, is a 1954 graduate (in Physical Geography) of Washington State College, who spent his Washington State Parks career taking photographs around the state of Washington and beyond. Prior to enrolling at WSC, he briefly attended the Progressive School of Photography in Hartford, CT. As a ranger and a photographer for the Washington State Parks, he was stationed at Lake Chelan State Park for 25 years, from 1954 to 1980.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of approximately 5500 black and white photographic negatives, most of which were taken in Washington State during middle second half of the 20th century. All photographs are undated, and only a very few are labeled. Virtually all identification comes from the subject heading under which they are filed. Only a few events (notably Expo ’74 in Spokane and the 1980 Mt. St. Helens eruption) allow precise dating of images.
The photographer tended to focus on items from nature as well as on aged buildings. The majority of the images are near to the photographer’s Lake Chelan State Park office, and tend to be very rural in nature. He appears to have a particular interest in abandoned schools and other aging structures.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions on Use
Copyright restrictions apply.
William “Gil” Gilbaugh Photographic Negatives, 1960s-1980s (PC 181)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
The photographs are organized into alphabetical subject files. Within each file, materials are in the order they were received in.
The materials were donated to the Washington State University Libraries’ Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) in early 2013 by William “Gil” Gilbaugh, and retained as UA 2013-02.
The materials were processed by University Archivist Mark O’English in August 2019. Negatives were retained under their original subject headings (with slight elaborations or clarifications), and those headings were moved from the existing number/key system to an alphabetical subject list. About 750 negatives which were not part of any subject order were discarded during processing.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||5||Badger Mt. School|
|1||7||Balanced Rock (Omak Rock)|
|1||26||Doorways to the past (old doorways)|
|2||35||Farmer, WA (ghost town)|
|2||42||Goat Rock Wilderness|
|2||44||Grist Mills H|
|2||46||Horse Heaven Hills|
|2||48||Iceburg Lake trip|
|2||49||Icycle (possibly Icicle Ridge, Leavenworth)|
|2||53||Lake Chelan in winter|
|3||54||Lake Chelan State Park|
|3||58||Little Kachess Lake|
|3||59||Maryhill Museum and Stonehenge|
|3||61||Methow and Okanogan|
|3||64||Montana and Wyoming|
|3||70||Mt. St. Helens ash|
|3||72||Native American chiefs, graves and monuments|
|3||73||Niagara Falls, NY|
|4||78||Okanogan in winter|
|4||82||Potholes National Wildlife Refuge|
|4||89||Sage Hen Road, Columbia School|
|5||103||Spokane Worlds Fair|
|5||110||Washington State University|
|5||112||Waterville, road to, in winter|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Farm buildings -- Washington (State) -- Photographs.
- Rural schools -- Washington (State) -- Photographs.
- Washington (State) -- Photographs.