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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Mt Hamilton from Castle Rock

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Sunset from Summit of Castle Rock

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Moffett Creek Bridge on the Columbia River Highway.

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Eagle Creek Bridge on Columbia River Highway near Bonneville.

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Eagle Creek Bridge (Upright)

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Tanner Creek Bridge, Columbia River Highway.

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Pierce Creek Bridge Showing Mt Hamilton, Columbia River Highway.

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St Peters Dome (Close Up)

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St Peters Dome showing party of men with Columbia River in the background.

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St Peters Dome from Castle Rock

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St Peters Dome from Castle Rock

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Looking West from St Peters Dome

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St Peters Dome Party

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Mt Hood from Hood River Valley

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Mt Hood from Hood River Valley, from Coopers

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Mt Hood Showing Hood River

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Mt Hood from Peters Ranch, Hood River Valley

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Apple Blossoms, Hood River

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Apple Blossoms, Hood River

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Apple Blossoms, Hood River

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Apple Blossoms, Hood River

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Apple Blossoms & Owl

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Apple Blossoms, Hood River

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Mitchell Point, Columbia River Highway. View shows entrance to tunnel, as Mitchell Point is several miles west of Hood River.

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Mitchell Point Tunnel, looking out of window north of loward White Salmon. 

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Eureka Tobacco Plains Valley, Montana

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Eureka Lumber Co. Log Drive

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Eureka Lumber Co. Pine Trees

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Eureka Lumber Co. Pine Trees

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Eureka Lumber Co. Pine Trees Against Light

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Eureka Lumber Co. Pine Trees

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Eureka Lumber Co. Group of Workmen

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Eureka Lumber Co. Plant

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Eureka Lumber Co. Plant

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Eureka Lumber Co. Electric Poles

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Eureka Lumber Co. Electric Plant

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Eureka Lumber Co. Plant from Log Pond

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Eureka Lumber Co. Loading Sheds

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Eureka Lumber Co. Mr. Neil

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Eureka Lumber Co. Looking North--Nangle

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Eureka Lumber Co. Planer--Telephoto

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Eureka Lumber Co. Power Plant

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Eureka Lumber Co. Power Plant & Planer

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School Drill on Field

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Mt Hood from Larch Mountain Below Summit

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Mt Hood from Larch Mountain

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Mt Hood from Larch Mountain

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Mt Hood, Sunrise from Larch Mountain

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Sunrise from Larch Mountain

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Cabin, Summit of Larch Mountain. A fire lookout in background?