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Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides, 1973-1991

By Karl McCreary

Collection Overview

Title: Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides, 1973-1991

ID: P 316

Primary Creator: Williams, Gerald W.

Extent: 0.3 cubic feet. More info below.

Arrangement: The Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides are arranged in one series: 1. Slides, 1973-1991.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides consist of images taken by Williams that document trips and activities by Williams and his family in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana.

Scope and Content Notes

The Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides consist of images taken by Williams that document family trips and activities in Oregon, Washington, Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana. The slides depict visits by Williams' wife, children, and friends to parks, festivals, historical sites, a museum, and engaged in river rafting. Locations and events featured in these images include: Yellowstone National Park, Heceta Head State Park, the Oregon Country Fair, Rogue River, the National Bison Range, McKenzie River, and Mt. Thielsen.

Biographical / Historical Notes

Gerald W. Williams worked for the U.S. Forest Service from 1979 until his retirement in 2005. From 1979 to 1993, he was a sociologist with the Umpqua and Willamette National Forests in Oregon; in 1993-1998, he served as the regional sociologist for the PAcific Northwest Regional Office in Portland; and from 1998 until his retirement in 2005 he was the national historian for the U.S. Forest Service in Washington D.C. Williams designed and implemented a regional and national history program for the Forest Service which culminated in his appointment as national historian and his authorship of the centennial history of the Forest Service, The USDA Forest Service -- The First Century, in 2000. He Has published more than 75 books, chapters, book reviews, and articles and conference papers exploring a variety of historical topics such as the Native American use of fire to manage environments, the Civilian Conservation Corps, and the U.S. Army's Spruce Production Division during World War I.

Author: Chris Petersen

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 1 box; 703 slides

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Acquisition Note: These materials were acquired by the former University Archives and the Special Collections and Archives Research Center in 2007 and originally described as a component of the Gerald W. Williams Collection (MSS WilliamsG). They were separated for description as this collection in 2016.

Related Materials: The core of Gerald Williams' research materials are maintained as the Gerald W. Williams Papers (MSSWilliamsG). Other materials that were collected by Williams have been described as separate collections: Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Army Spruce Production Division (MSS Spruce); Gerald W. Williams Collection on Forestry and Northwest History Publications (MSS WilliamsPubs); Gerald W. Williams Collection on the Civilian Conservation Corps (MSS CCC); Gerald W. Williams Moving Image and Sound Recordings Collection (FV 320); Gerald W. Williams Collection on Smoky Bear (MSS Smokey); Gerald W. Williams Prints Collection (MSS WilliamsPrints); Jason S. Elder Forest Service Diary (MSS Elder); Gerald W. Williams Lantern Slide Collection (P 319); C.C. Hall Photograph Album (P 301); J.F. Ford Photographs (P 308); Forest Service Equipment Development Center Photograph Album (P 311); Mount Hood Area Excursion Photograph Album (P 310); Gerald W. Williams Regional Albums (P 303); andFrank Patterson Photographic Postcards (P 312).

Preferred Citation: Gerald W. Williams Family Vacation Slides (P 316), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.


Williams, Gerald W.

People, Places, and Topics

McKenzie River (Or.)
Natural Resources
Outdoor recreation--Oregon.
Yellowstone National Park.

Forms of Material

Slides (photographs).

Box and Folder Listing

Series 1: Slides, 1973-1991
Series 1 is made up of slides of photographs taken by Gerald Williams depicting trips throughout Oregon, Idaho, Montana, and Wyoming with family and friends. Among those featured in the images are Williams' wife Ellen and children. A little over half of the slides document views at Yellowstone National Park and include shots of the hot springs, wildlife, geysers, and lodges there. Oregon events and landscapes account for about one-third of the views. There are 703 slides in total.
Box-Folder 1.1: Eugene Parade, 1986
Box-Folder 1.2: Heceta Head, 1973-1991
Views of the lighthouse and beach at Heceta Head State Park.
Box-Folder 1.3: Idaho, 1984
These views document 3 places in Idaho: Craters of the Moon National Park, a cropduster on a farm near Idaho Falls, and a parade in the town in Arco.
Box-Folder 1.4: Malheur River and Burns Area, 1984
Box-Folder 1.5: Marylhurst Museum, 1984
Box-Folder 1.6: McKenzie River, 1979
Box-Folder 1.7: Mount Thielsen, 1979
Box-Folder 1.8: National Bison Range, 1984
Box-Folder 1.9: Oregon Country Fair, 1984-1986
Box-Folder 1.10: Peoria Road, 1986
Linn County, Oregon.
Box-Folder 1.11: Rogue River, 1978
Box-Folder 1.12: St. Ignatius Church and Mission, 1984
Box-Folder 1.13: Yellowstone National Park, 1984
Box-Folder 1.14: Yellowstone National Park, 1984

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