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Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection, 1922-1964

Collection Overview

Title: Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection, 1922-1964

ID: P 118

Primary Creator: Matthews, Oliver Vincent (1892-1979)

Extent: 0.6 cubic feet. More info below.

Languages of Materials: English [eng]


The Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection consists of negatives, prints and slides that mostly depict trees that Matthews photographed during his travels throughout Oregon.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Scope and Content Notes

The collection also includes images portraying the Matthews family at home and on vacation, milling operations, Oregon geological features, and images photographed from magazines and newspapers of articles and cartoons. Print copies of many of these negatives can be found in scrapbooks assembled by Matthews that have been described as a part of a manuscript collection. Notes on the envelopes housing many of the negatives suggest that Matthews prepared these images to be published as part of a proposed, but never published, book titled Roughings Out. A chronologically arranged index to the images, which were numbered by Matthews, is also included in this collection.

Images from this collection have been digitized and are available in Oregon Digital.

Administrative Information

More Extent Information: 700 photographs; 1 cubic foot box

Statement on Access: Collection is open for research.

Related Materials: The Special Collections & Archives Research Center also holds the Oliver Matthews Papers (MSS Matthews). Oral history interviews with Oliver Matthews are held in the Oral History Interviews, Personal Histories, and Sound Recordings Collection on Agriculture, Forestry, and Oregon History (OH 005) and the History of Oregon State University Oral Histories and Sound Recordings Collection (OH 003).

Preferred Citation: Oliver Matthews Photograph Collection (P118), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.

Processing Information:

This collection is not fully processed and a complete finding aid is not available at this time.

We acknowledge that materials in SCARC collections and the language that describes them may be harmful. We are actively working to address our descriptive practices; for more information please see our SCARC Anti-Racist Actions Statement online.

SCARC describes the contents of its collections using the language and terminology of the collections themselves. Since culturally acceptable terminology shifts over time, some of the terms that appear in these materials are currently outdated or offensive.

Historically, "squaw" has been used as a misogynist and racist slur to disparage indigenous American women. Within this historic usage, it has been applied to place names, and scientific or colloquial names for plants. In this collection, the term "squaw" is used in reference to Squaw Creek in Coos County, Oregon, a natural feature of the landscape.

In order to provide historical context and to enable standardized searching and access across our collecctions, we have retained the use of this phrase in the collection description. We acknowledge the racism represented by this language and the harm it may cause our users. Providing access to these historical materials does not endorse any attitidues or behavior depicted therein. For more information on impacted collections, see the blog post.

[Date of Acknowledgement: December 2023]

Other URL: A preliminary container list was created for this collection on or before November 14, 2014.


Matthews, Oliver Vincent (1892-1979)

People, Places, and Topics

Matthews, Oliver Vincent, 1892-1979
Natural Resources

Forms of Material

Lantern slides.

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