Contents and Arrangement

Photographic Prints (and camera), 1863-1951

3 boxes

Collection Overview

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

This series consists of photographic prints arranged by topic in two sizes (5x7 inches and 8x10 inches) and a field camera used by the Studio.

Included in this series are photographs of the laying the cornerstone at St. Benedicts Abby in Mount Angel in 1921; the Silverton Train Depot; the Silverton Lumber company; the Molalla and Scotts Mill covered bridges; the Cascade Rapids on the Columbia River before the dams; golfers, hotel grounds, and hot springs in Wilhoit, Oregon; Silverton Hospital; Silverton Armory; Silverton School; the Willord School where Homer Davenport attended; and the J.W. Davenport home in 1910 (built by J.W. Drake). In addition, there are photos of a number of different marching bands organized in Silverton from the 1880s onwards, the recruits from Silverton who volunteered to fight in World War I, over one hundred images of steam farm tractor engines, combines, horse-drawn team wheat combines, hop fields and harvesting, pheasant farms, flax fields, and more. Towns included in the photographs of buildings and streetscapes are identified as Silverton, Salem, Woodburn, Waldo, and Niagra, often specifying the builder and original owner. Of special interest is a mounted photo in the collection taken of the aftermath of that fire, and then further photos of the temporary Drake Brothers studio constructed by Silverton townspeople within three months.


Arranged alphabetically by topic.

Collection History


No appraisal information is available.

Processing Information

Finding Aid and folder inventory written by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012. Biographical and descriptive text throughout is adapted from description provided by Kol Shaver; edited by Valerie Addonizio.

In 2022, restrictions were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. No further duplication of copies of material in the collection can be made when Princeton University Library does not own the original. Inquiries regarding publishing material from the collection should be directed to Special Collections Public Services staff through the Ask Us! form. The library has no information on the status of literary rights in the collection and researchers are responsible for determining any questions of copyright.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements

For preservation reasons, original analog and digital media may not be read or played back in the reading room. Users may visually inspect physical media but may not remove it from its enclosure. All analog audiovisual media must be digitized to preservation-quality standards prior to use. Audiovisual digitization requests are processed by an approved third-party vendor. Please note, the transfer time required can be as little as several weeks to as long as several months and there may be financial costs associated with the process. Requests should be directed through the Ask Us Form.

The field camera is a large, fragile object and requires special handling in the reading room.

Credit this material:

Photographic Prints (and camera); Drake Bros. Studio Photograph Collection, C1427, Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (mss): Boxes 1-2; 5

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