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Kinsey Brothers Photographs, 1907-1945View associated digital content.

Predominant Dates: 1907-1930

The Kinsey Brothers Photographs collection consists of both mounted and unmounted photographic prints reflecting the logging industry. Gerald W. Williams collected the images in the course of his work as a Forest Service sociologist and historian, largely due to his deep interest in the history of forestry in the United States, especially that of the Pacific Northwest region.

The two photographers, Clark and Darius Kinsey, began working as photographers in the late 19th century, finishing their respective careers in the mid-1940s. Both Clark and Darius made significant contributions to photographing the Pacific Northwest, especially Spruce Production Division and Civilian Conservation Corps life. Darius was the more widely-known of the two. This particular collection contains more of Clark’s work, which chiefly features logging crews and companies.

ID: P 309
Extent: 2.5 cubic feet
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Statement on Access: Materials are open for research.
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Preferred Citation: Kinsey Brothers Photographs (P 309), Oregon State University Special Collections and Archives Research Center, Corvallis, Oregon.
Acquisition Note: These materials were received from Gerald W. Williams in 2007.
Acquired: 2007.
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Series 1: Clark Kinsey, 1907-1945 Add to Shelf
Series 1 showcases Clark Kinsey's contribution to photography in the Pacific Northwest. The subjects of his photographs are largely group portraitures of logging and Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) camp crews. The CCC participated in public works, such as forestry, flood control, firefighting, and developing national parks. In this series, it is believed that the majority of the camps worked in logging. Clark numbered his prints, such as "No. 100". He seldom used letters. This differs from his brother's system of using a combination of numbers and letters.
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.02: Cut-up Plant Under Construction, circa 1907 Add to Shelf
A log processing plant that is in the process of being assembled in Toledo, Oregon. Price of print is on the back at 35 dollars. Black and white print. No. 50a
Box-Item 1.01: Mt. Rainier, 1923 Add to Shelf
Print of Mt. Rainier, featuring a small forested area. Hand-colored print.
Box-Item 1.02: Polson's Railroad Camp, 1933 Add to Shelf
Large group of Polson's Logging Company employees posing in front of two small buildings in Hoquiam, Washington. Black and white print
Box-Item 1.03: Near Coos Head, Oregon, undated Add to Shelf
Rocks along the coastline near Charleston, Oregon. Coos Head is situated at the mouth of Coos Bay. Originally a tribal land, Coos Head had been used by the US Army, then the US Navy, and finally by the Oregon Air National Guard. In 2005 the Confederated Tribes of Coos, Lower Umpqua and Siuslaw Indians regained control over the area. Black and white print. Item: No. 11x.
Box-Item 1.04: Coos Bay Lumber Company, undated Add to Shelf
Lumber crew posing on a railroad flat car in Powers, Oregon. Black and white print. Item: No. 100
Box-Item 1.05: Long-Bell Lumber Company, undated Add to Shelf
Lumber crew with the majority posing atop a donkey engine in Ryderwood, Washington. Black and white print. Item: No. 58
Box-Item 1.06: National Lumber Company, undated Add to Shelf
Large lumber crew sitting atop a flat car in front of two small buildings in Cedarville, Washington. Black and white print. Item: No.16
Box-Item 1.07: Woahink Lake Civilian Conservation Camp, undated Add to Shelf
Located in Lane County, Oregon this camp housed men who performed a variety of conservation work. Black and white print. Item: No. 5 KinseyPhoto
Box-Item 1.08: Camp 5 Polson Log Company, undated Add to Shelf
Large group of men and three women posing on a railroad track and what appears to be a railway station. Black and white print. Item: 133
Box-Item 1.09: Polson Logging Company, undated Add to Shelf
The third print featuring some part of the Polson Logging Co. crew. Written on the back of print: Ira Weber (Lee). Item: No. 18. Black and white print.
Box-Item 2.01: Kelso-Longview Area, undated Add to Shelf
Appears to be shot from a hillside. View of a large river, likely the Columbia, as well as a possible lumber camp. Black and white print. Item: No. 11 B
Box-Item 2.02: Camp Sitkum, undated Add to Shelf
A former Civilian Conservation Corps camp situated in Sitkum, Oregon. Black and white print. Item: No. 9 Kinsey Photo
Box-Item 2.03: Vista House and Columbia River., undated Add to Shelf
Dirt road ileading to Vista House above the Columbia River. Black and white print. Item: No. 18-B
Box-Item 2.04: Yarders of Coos Bay Lumber Company, undated Add to Shelf
Three men posing on top of yarding equipment in Powers, Oregon. Black and white print. Item: No. 106.
Box-Item 2.05: Long-Bell Lumber Company G 114, undated Add to Shelf
Crew posing on a flat car attached to a locomotive. Some of the group are on the ground near the rails, holding canes. Black and white print. Item: No. 36
Box-Item 2.06: Big Creek Timber Company Camp 18, undated Add to Shelf
Logging crew posing outside of a barracks on Wauna Avenue. Black and white print. Item: No. 6
Box-Item 2.07: Long-Bell Lumber Company Fellers, undated Add to Shelf
Group of men posing with downed logs. Black and white print. Item: No. 56
Box-Item 2.08: Company 2945 Civilian Conservation Camp, undated Add to Shelf
Located in Skamania, Washington Camp Beacon Rock is another of the Washington legacy of Civilian Conservation Corps camps. A lieutenant A.M. Hayes is noted as the commander on the print. Black and white print. Item: No. 82
Box-Item 2.09: Winter Road, undated Add to Shelf
A winter landscape, with an unidentified mountain range. This could be a snowed in logging road. Black and white print. Item: No. 5X
Box-Item 2.10: Flosa Log Company Number 20, undated Add to Shelf
Located in Aberdeen, Washington a large group portraiture, many of the subjects are smiling. Black and white print.
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.01: No. 116th Squad, undated Add to Shelf
Squadron posing in front of camp that is in the middle of the woods. Black and white print. No. 152
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.03: Darnell Black and Gold Lotspeetel, undated Add to Shelf
Large group posing for a portraiture in front of two white tents. The title for this print came from a written inscription on the back of the print. Black and white print. No. 100a
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.04: Spruce Division, Raymond, Washington, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Small group of men with shovels in the forest. Black and white print. No. 46x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.05: Spruce Division, Raymond, Washington with a Donkey Engine, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
One of the many crews gathering spruce trees for airplane production. This particular group is posed next to a donkey engine. Black and white print. No. 51x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.06: Spruce Division, Raymond, Washington, Signal Corps 142, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
A group posing on an automobile and a log that has been propped up on the auto. Black and white print. No. 62x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.07: Camp A, Raymond, Washington, Signal Corps 196, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Large squad posing atop felled logs that are secured on two rigs, with the rest of the squad on a platform. A chained baby bear is also pictured. Black and white print. No. 69x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.08: Spruce Div. Raymond, Washington, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Portraiture showing a large group atop felled logs. Black and white print. No. 71x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.09: 54th Spruce Sqdn. S.C.S.P. D, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Once the 448th Aero Squadron, this group later was redesignated as the 54th Spruce Production Squadron. Black and white print. No 81x
Box-Folder-Item 4.02.10: Camp 1 F Palix River 57th Spruce Sqdn., circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Spruce Division squadron posing in front of camp. Black and white print. No. 86x
Box-Folder-Item 4.03.01: Company 929 CCC, undated Add to Shelf
Camp New Benson SP-2, Bridal Veil, Oregon. Additional print on photo includes: Lt. Sidney Jenkins and Lt. W.A. Rutherford. Black and white print. No.75
Box-Folder-Item 4.03.02: The Eufaula Company, undated Add to Shelf
Located in the now unincorporated town of Eufaula, Washington, the business once one of many logging companies in the Pacific Northwest. Black and white print. No. 34
Box-Folder-Item 4.04.01: Detachment of 421 Aero Construction Squadron, circa 1918 Add to Shelf
Squad posing with an American flag.; U.S. Signal Corps. Black and white print on foam board. No.28
Series 2: Darius Kinsey, 1907-1940 Add to Shelf
Series 2 displays the work of Darius Kinsey, the more recognized photographer of the pair. Darius photographed a number of subjects but he is best known for large format prints of logging activities and scenic landscapes. Largely working in Washington State and the surrounding Pacific Northwest, Darius captured many of the early years of the region's lumber activities. However, Darius could be artistic at times, which is evident in the print titled "Waterfall in Western Washington". Unlike his brother, Darius's numbering system used a combination of numbers and letters. Clark seldom used letters in his system.
Box-Folder 3.01: Index Mountains from above Sunset Falls, circa 1907 Add to Shelf
Picturesque mountain view with a rushing river in the forefront. Black and white print. No. X44
Box-Folder-Item 4.01.01: Men Outside of a Building., December 14, 1914 Add to Shelf
Group of men posing in front of a forest camp building. They are all standing on objects such as a wooden food box, a swooden bench and the steps of the building. One man wears an apron. A dog stands with his paws on one of the men.  Black and white print.
Box-Folder 3.02: 4,000,000 feet of Logs Piled Around Two Spar Trees in a Waterless Mill Pond, circa 1920 Add to Shelf
The title describes the subject of the photograph well. A 1920s automobile appears in the background. Black and white print.
Box-Folder 3.03: Columbia R. Drive and River East of Hood River Ore., circa 1923 Add to Shelf
Aerial view of highway, crisp and picturesque. Black and white print. 321
Box-Item 3.04: Logging Camp in Washington, undated Add to Shelf
Logging camp with a crew posing in front of the barracks. Written on the back of the print: Stemarten. Black and white print. 3462
Box-Item 3.05: Waterfall in Western Washington, undated Add to Shelf
Unidentified waterfall surrounded by trees and rocks. Black and white print. XE6
Box-Item 3.06: Yarding Crew and Logs in Seattle, Washington, undated Add to Shelf
Small group of eight men standing on and/or near a donkey engine next to three felled logs. Black and white print. 7864
Box-Item 3.07: Donkey Engine in Western Washington, undated Add to Shelf
Lumber crew standing near a donkey engine, which is  steam-powered winch that was often used for logging. Written on the print in pen these words: Ed. Stemarten. On the back of print: Ida B. Greer  Black and white print. 3464