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Ben L. Gifford Photographs, 1950-1955

"Cheryl petting two colts."  Crystal Springs Ranch, Salem, Oregon, May 1951.

Information and Credits

P 218-SG 5

The Ben L. Gifford Photographs consist of images taken by Ben L. Gifford in the early-mid 1950s as he completed his senior year at Oregon State College, pursued photographic training at the Fred Archer School of Photography, and then joined the family photography business in Salem, Oregon. The images document agriculture, primarily in the Willamette Valley, and also include images of Timberline Lodge and the Mt. Hood area. Ben L. Gifford was the son of photographers Ralph I. and Wanda Gifford; Ben L. worked as a photographer from 1950 until 1955, when he began working as an engineer with the Oregon State Highway Commission.


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


0.6 cubic foot, including 485 photographs; 4 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes


The Ben L. Gifford Photographs are arranged in 15 series: I. Fred Archer School of Photography Class Assignments, 1951; II. Numbered Images, 1950; III. General Farm Scenes, 1951; IV. Farm Animals, 1951; V. Farm Buildings, 1951; VI. Soil Erosion and Conservation, 1951; VII. Cultivation of Soil, 1951; VIII. Farm Children, 1951; IX. Harvest, 1951; X. Horticulture, 1951; XI. Public Buildings and Structures, 1951; XII. Commercial Work, 1951; XIII. Scenic Views, 1951; XIV. Color Postcards, circa 1955; and XV. Unnumbered Photographs, 1954-1955.

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); Ralph I. Gifford Motion Pictures (P 218-SG 3); Wanda Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4); Gifford Collection Photographs by Unknown or Other Photographers (P 218-SG 6); and Gifford Collection Documentary Materials (P 218-SG 7).

Other photographs made by Ben L. Gifford are part of the Wanda Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4); some of the photographs in the Unknown or Other Photographers component of the Gifford collection (P 218-SG 6) may have been taken by Ben L. Gifford.

The Richard W. Gilkey Photographs (P 252) include many images of Oregon State College students and activities during the time period that Ben L. Gifford was a student in the late 1940s to early 1950s. The Robert E. McDole Papers include a notebook for a photography course that McDole took at Oregon State College during this period.

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