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Walter S. Brown Photograph Album, 1919-1942

Scope and Content Note

The Walter S. Brown Photograph Album consists of images taken or assembled by Brown during trips throughout the United States and Canada. The images consist predominantly of photographic prints and postcards; published picture postcards (many in color) are also included in the album. About half of the images depict agricultural operations, especially orchards; nurseries; and fruit processing, packing, and warehouse facilities. Other agricultural subjects include farmhouses and barns, a cropduster airplane, wheat fields, and a cranberry bog. The album includes images of an Oregon Agricultural College student tour of Oregon farms and orchards that included a visit to the Southern Oregon Experiment Station in Medford. Several images of F.C. Reimer, Superintendent of the Station, are included.

About half of the images are of natural features and landscapes, urban parks, and town and city views throughout the United States and Canada. These includes sites in Oregon, Idaho, Washington, California, New York, Alberta, and British Columbia. Oregon locales include Portland, Ashland (especially Lithia Park), Bend, Freewater, Jacksonville, Medford, Mt. Angel, Prineville, and the Sutherlin Valley. Of special note are images of the town of Siletz, Oregon and of the Indian School in Siletz. The album includes images of the Oregon coast, climbers on Mt. Hood, Diamond Lake, Crater Lake, Silver Falls, and the Columbia Gorge.

Washington images include the Spokane Valley Growers packing house and the Wapato Fruit and Cold storage facility as well as scenes of the Wenatchee area and Lake Chelan. Photographs of Boise and Lewiston, Idaho are part of the album. Canadian images include the area of Penticton, British Columbia; Butchart Gardens near Victoria, British Columbia; and the Fraser River Valley. A trip to California is documented with images of Donner Pass, the Yosemite Valley, Los Angeles, the Imperial Valley, the Spanish missions, and the redwoods of northern California.

Some of these images depict family vacations, picnics, and outings and include photographs of his wife and daughters; photographs of his brother's house in Portville, New York, are also included. The collection also includes a published obituary, typed eulogy, and materials from Brown's funeral.

A selection of images from the album are available online in The Best of OSU Archives digital collection.

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