The SOHS Sawyer Collection

The images presented here are part of a donation we are calling the Sawyer Collection. The images have come from multiple photography studios, some of them unidentified. Most were taken by the Kiser Studio of Portland, Oregon in the 'Teens and early 'Twenties, especially of rugged scenes in Crater Lake and Glacier National Parks and along the Columbia River. A small collection was taken 1905-07 by photographer H. G. Peabody of Massachusetts and Maine urban and coastal scenes. An anonymous collection portrays architectural and rural views taken in Central Mexico in the same era.

The collection was saved and cared for by William Gruber, who had a long working relationship with the Portland photography studio Sawyer Service Inc. Gruber was the inventor of the popular View-Master, which he produced in collaboration with Sawyer’s. According to the donor, in 1939 Sawyer’s was poised to dispose of these glass plate negatives in order to focus on the View-Master, when Gruber offered to take the plates. Over the past eight decades, the Gruber family has meticulously maintained the collection of approximately 3,000 plates, weighing roughly half a ton. Southern Oregon Historical Society received the plates as a donation in 2019, and has made them publicly available with additional grant funding from Oregon Parks and Recreation and the Oregon Cultural Trust.

 SAWYER COLLECTION INDEX        WILLIAM GRUBER       WHEN THE COLLECTION ARRIVED AT SOHS     

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SWY0311

Roses, close

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Oregon Agricultural College Band on Shipboard

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Oregon Agricultural College Band on Shipboard

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Multnomah Falls

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graded road in the Columbia River Gorge, Oregon side

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Oneonta Gorge near the Columbia River Highway.

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Graded width of original Columbia River Highway, eastern Multnomah County or western Hood River County.

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Columbia River, as seen from the Oregon side, probably Crown Point looking east.

SWY0325

Likely a coastal scene, probably Clatsop County given the estimated date.

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Fields, trees in the Willamette Valley.

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Two men seated, tripod, car, waterfall in background. Early camp along the Columbia River Highway, probably at Eagle Creek (the first USFS campground).

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People on deck of a ferry or ship, on river or inlet - land in background. Passenger ship on the Columbia River near the Interstate Bridge (Portland to Vancouver).

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Ship smokestacks and lifeboats; passenger vessel on the Columbia River.

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Rear of SPand S Train and Pyramid Rock, lower Columbia River, Oregon.

SWY0331

Approaching train on tracks next to Columbia River near Astoria, with Tongue Point in the distance.

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Westport, SPand S Railway. Mill is near the Columbia River, Clatsop County, Oregon.

SWY0333

Gearhart Hotel

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A Glimpse of the Columbia River Highway from Gordon Falls.

SWY0335

Trees, road, lake (similar view to 334).

SWY0336

Lake, mountains, sky scene at Glacier National Park, Montana.

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East Side of Crown Point, Columbia River Highway

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Looking Upriver from Crown Point, Columbia River Highway

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Crown Point & Columbia River, Columbia River Highway

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Crown Point, with Columbia River behind it, Multnomah County, Oregon.

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Small hotel located at Crown Point, Multnomah County, Oregon, along the Columbia River Highway.

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Crown Point

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Columbia River Highway near Horsetail Falls, note concrete bridge.

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Horse Tail Falls on Columbia River Highway

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Point near Shepherds Dell, Columbia River Highway; note height of retaining wall.

SWY0346

Columbia River Highway near Multnomah Falls, at its original surfaced and paved width.

SWY0347

Kappa Alpha Theta on beach showing surf by near Seaside and looking south to Tillamook Head.

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Kappa Alpha Theta on shoreline, near Tillamook Head at Seaside.

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Kappa Alpha Theta, Dining Room, Gearhart Hotel

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Kappa Alpha Theta, Portland Chapter Alpha XI, at the Gearhart Hotel.

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Kappa Alpha Theta, P.S.I. Chapter, at the Gearhart Hotel.

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Gearhart Hotel Group

SWY0353

Tillamook Head, Gearhart Beach

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Surf Bathing, Gearhart Beach

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Crown Point Showing Chalet--circa 1916

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Sunset from Coopeys Point, Columbia Highway

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Above the Fog Banks from Coopeys Point, Columbia Highway

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Looking Downriver from Angels Rest, Columbia Highway

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Angels Rest from Coopeys Point, Columbia River Highway

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Down the Columbia River from Angels Rest

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Cape Horn (Washington) and Columbia River from Coopeys Point, Columbia River Highway.

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Angels Rest and Columbia River from Coopeys Point

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Downriver from Coopeys Point, Columbia River Highway

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Summit of Angels Rest and Columbia River

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Summit of Angels Rest

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Rock Formation, Angels Rest, Columbia River Highway