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Ralph I. Gifford Motion Pictures, circa 1925-1940

"Neptune's toll."  A wrecked fishing boat on the sand at Brookings, Oregon, ca. 1930s.

Information and Credits

P 218-SG 3

The Ralph I. Gifford Motion Pictures consist of The New Oregon Trail, a tourism film photographed by Ralph I. Gifford for the Oregon State Highway Department, and unedited motion film clips of a variety of subjects, including alpine search and rescue. Ralph I. Gifford became the first photographer of the Travel and Information Department of the Oregon State Highway Commission in 1936, a position he held until his death in 1947.


Gifford Photographic Digital Collection
Gifford Photographic Digital Collection
A growing online repository of the Gifford Family photographers' documentation of Oregon from 1890-1950.

Biographical Note 

Scope and Content Note


0.5 cubic foot, including 8 film reels; 1 box and 1 film can

Related Papers

This is one component of the Gifford Photographic Collection (P 218) held by the OSU Archives. Other components are: Benjamin A. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 1); Ralph I. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 2); Wanda M. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4); Ben L. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 5); Gifford Collection Photographs by Unknown or Other Photographers (P 218-SG 6); and Gifford Collection Documentary Materials (P 218-SG 7). The Ralph I. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 2) include many still photographs of the same locations and sites depicted in The New Oregon Trail film. Many of the photographs that Ralph Gifford made for the Highway Department are held by the Oregon State Archives in Salem. A collection of Harold B. Say Photographs are held at the University of Oregon Special Collections and University Archives.

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