Jackson (William Henry) photographs Edit

Summary

Identifier
0259
Finding Aid Author
Sue Luftschein
Finding Aid Date
2011 February
Description Rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard

Dates

  • 1871-1873, undated (Creation)

Extents

  • 1.27 Linear Feet (Whole)
    1 box

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Notes

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Related Materials

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

  • 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

  • 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).

Instances

  • Type
    photographs
    Container 1 Type
    Box
    Container 1 Indicator
    1

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