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Inventory of the William Henry Jackson photographs

Finding aid prepared by Sue Luftschein, 2011 February

Summary Information

Repository
USC Libraries Special Collections
Creator
Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942
Title
William Henry Jackson photographs
Collection no.
0259
Date
1871-1873, undated
Extent
1.27 linear ft., 1 box
Language
English
Photographs [Box]
1
Abstract
These 25 mounted photographs, depicting views of Yellowstone National Park, and various lakes and mountains in Colorado, Montana, and Grand Teton National Park, were taken by renowned American photographer William Henry Jackson between 1871 and 1873. They represent part of the body of work created by Jackson during his tenure as photographer for exploratory expeditions ("Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories") of the American West sponsored by the Department of the Interior and led by geologist Frederick V. Hayden.

Preferred Citation

[Box/folder# or item name], William Henry Jackson photographs, Collection no. 0259, Special Collections, USC Libraries, University of Southern California

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Historical note

In 1870, Frederick V. Hayden, leader of the United States Geological Survey of the Territories, invited photographer William Henry Jackson on the survey of Wyoming as an unpaid photographer. At the end of the summer, Jackson accepted Hayden’s offer of employment and held the position of official photographer of Hayden's surveys until 1878. The hiring contract stipulated that all negatives made on the surveys were to be property of the USGS.

In the summer of 1871, Jackson accompanied Hayden's survey in the Yellowstone region. Jackson's photographs helped convince Congress to vote for the Yellowstone National Park bill in 1872. In the following seasons, Jackson documented Hayden's survey in Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Colorado. His subjects included, among others, the Mount of the Holy Cross (1873), the Ute reservation at Las Pinos, Colorado, and cliff ruins in Mancos Canyon, near Mesa Verde, Colorado (1874).

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Scope and Content

These 25 mounted photographs, depicting views of Yellowstone National Park, and various lakes and mountains in Colorado, Montana, and Grand Teton National Park, were taken by renowned American photographer William Henry Jackson between 1871 and 1873. They represent part of the body of work created by Jackson during his tenure as photographer for exploratory expeditions ("Department of the Interior U.S. Geological Survey of the Territories") of the American West sponsored by the Department of the Interior and led by geologist Frederick V. Hayden. The photographs all bear a stamp on the reverse: "Library/University of Southern California/College of Liberal Arts/Los Angeles, Cal." and may have been part of a reference collection at one time.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

USC Libraries Special Collections
2011 February
Doheny Memorial Library 206
3550 Trousdale Parkway
Los Angeles, California, 90089-0189
213-740-5900
specol@usc.edu

Conditions Governing Access

Advance notice required for access.

Conditions Governing Use

All requests for permission to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted in writing to the Manuscripts Librarian. Permission for publication is given on behalf of Special Collections as the owner of the physical items and is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which must also be obtained.

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Related Materials

Related Materials

Many of these photographs have been digitized by the USGS; see http://libraryphoto.cr.usgs.gov/index.html

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Geological Survey of the Territories (U.S.). -- Photographs
  • Grand Teton National Park (Agency : U.S.). -- Photographs
  • Yellowstone National Park (Agency : U.S.). -- Photographs

Genre(s)

  • Photographs

Geographic Name(s)

  • Chaffee County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • Eagle County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • Gunnison County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • La Plata County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • Lake County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • Montezuma County (Colo.)--Photographs
  • Park County (Mont.)--Photographs
  • Sawatch Range (Colo.)--Photographs

Personal Name(s)

  • Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942 -- Photographs

Subject(s)

  • Indians of North America--Photographs

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Collection Inventory

Box

 Hot Spring Cone, Yellowstone National Park 1871 

1

 Valley of the Yellowstone River, Yellowstone National Park 1871 

1

 Castle Geyster, Yellowstone National Park 1871 

1

 Devil's Slide, Cinnabar Mountain, Park County, Montana 1871 

1

 Grand Geyser, Yellowstone National Park 1872 

1

 "Photographing in High Places," [Jackson and assistant in Grand Teton National Park] 1872 

1

 Gothic Mountain, Gunnison County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Teocali Peak, Gunnison County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Roches Moutonnees, Eagle County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Mount of the Holy Cross and Roche Moutonnee Valley, Eagle County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Panorama from La Plata Mountain, La Plata and Montezuma Counties, Colorado [3 photographs] 1873 

1

 Sawatch Range, Chaffiee and Pitkin Counties, Colorado 1873 

1

 Panorama from the summit of Mount Lincoln, Park County, Colorado [3 photographs] 1873 

1

 Buckskin Gulch and Mount Bross, Park County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Arkansas Valley, Lake and Chaffee Counties, Colorado 1873 

1

 Great Moraine on the Arkansas, Chaffee County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Natural bridge on Lake Creek, Lake County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Upper Twin Lake, Lake County, Colorado 1873 

1

 Lower Twin Lake, Lake County, Colorado 1873 

1

 [Portrait of Native American man dressed in western clothes, "EO Guerrier Interp. for Arapahoo's" inscribed on mount] circa 1873 

1

 [Group of Native American schoolchildren posed on schoolhouse steps, "525 School children Pawnee" inscribed on mount] circa 1873 

1

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