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Haynes, F. Jay (Frank Jay) (1853-1921)
Princeton University. Library. Special Collections
Princeton University Library Collection of F. Jay Haynes Photographs
Manuscripts Division
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4 boxes and 3.2 linear feet
Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1, B-000881, B-001749, P-000128


Consists of an assembled collection of photographs by Yellowstone National Park and Northern Pacific Railway photographer F. Jay Haynes (1853-1921), mostly from the late 1870s and 1880s, including albums of albumen prints of various Yellowstone National Park sites and scenes along the Columbia River in Oregon, as well as stereograph views of Yellowstone National Park, wheat farmers in the Dakota Territory, and locations along the route of the Northern Pacific Railway.

Collection Description & Creator Information

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of photographs taken by F. Jay Haynes, assembled from various sources. A photograph album consists of 48 albumen prints of various Yellowstone National Park sites, including the first winter photographs of Yellowstone, which Haynes took in 1887, along with some scenes along the Columbia River in Oregon, and other photographs. There is also an 1886 album containing an additional 15 albumen prints of sites in Yellowstone. Stereographs from the late 1870s through the 1880s include views of Yellowstone National Park, the route of the Northern Pacific Railway, and wheat farmers in the Dakota Territory. There are also photographs from the opening of the Northern Pacific Railroad in 1883 which include images of a Crow delegation who attended the opening activities.


Materials are arranged in the order in which they were accessioned.

Collection Creator Biography:

Haynes, F. Jay

F. Jay Haynes (1853-1921) was a professional photographer who documented the settlement and expansion of the American Northwest during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Based in Minnesota and North Dakota, Haynes served as the official photographer for Northern Pacific Railway and Yellowstone National Park. Haynes first visited Yellowstone in 1881 and, a few years later in 1884, obtained permission to operate a photography studio there. He served as Yellowstone's official photographer from 1884 until 1920 when he was succeeded by his son, Jack Ellis Haynes (1884-1962).

Collection History


This is an open collection assembled from multiple purchases, 2014-2021 .


No materials were separated during 2014-2021 processing.

Processing Information

This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in September 2014. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in September 2014. Finding aid updated with new materials by Kelly Bolding in February 2017, July 2019, and December 2021.

Access & Use

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Single copies may be made for research purposes. To cite or publish quotations that fall within Fair Use, as defined under U. S. Copyright Law, no permission is required. For instances beyond Fair Use, it is the responsibility of the researcher to determine whether any permissions related to copyright, privacy, publicity, or any other rights are necessary for their intended use of the Library's materials, and to obtain all required permissions from any existing rights holders, if they have not already done so. Princeton University Library's Special Collections does not charge any permission or use fees for the publication of images of materials from our collections, nor does it require researchers to obtain its permission for said use. The department does request that its collections be properly cited and images credited. More detailed information can be found on the Copyright, Credit and Citations Guidelines page on our website. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us through the Ask Us! form.

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.

Credit this material:

Princeton University Library Collection of F. Jay Haynes Photographs; Manuscripts Division, Department of Special Collections, Princeton University Library

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Firestone Library
One Washington Road
Princeton, NJ 08544, USA
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Storage Note:
  • Firestone Library (scamss): Boxes 1, B-000881, B-001749, P-000128