Guide to the Ben L. Gifford Photographs
1950-1955

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Gifford, Ben L.
Title: Ben L. Gifford Photographs
Dates: 1950-1955 ( inclusive )
1951 ( bulk )
Quantity: 0.6 cubic foot, including 485 photographs (4 boxes, including 2 oversize boxes)
Collection Number: P 218-SG 5
Summary: The Ben L. Gifford Photographs consist of images taken by Ben L. Gifford in the early-mid 1950s as he completed his senior year at Oregon State College, pursued photographic training at the Fred Archer School of Photography, and then joined the family photography business in Salem, Oregon. The images document agriculture, primarily in the Willamette Valley, and also include images of Timberline Lodge and the Mt. Hood area. Ben L. Gifford was the son of photographers Ralph I. and Wanda Gifford; Ben L. worked as a photographer from 1950 until 1955, when he began working as an engineer with the Oregon State Highway Commission.
Repository: Oregon State University Libraries
University Archives

121 The Valley Library
Oregon State University
Corvallis, OR 97331-4501
Phone: 541-737-2165
Email: archives@oregonstate.edu
Web: http://archives.library.oregonstate.edu

Languages: Materials in English. 
Sponsor: Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical Note

Ben L. Gifford (1923-1996) was born in Portland, Oregon, the son of Ralph I. and Wanda Gifford, and graduated from Salem High School in May 1942. He attended Oregon State College as an engineering student in the fall of 1942 and then entered the U.S. Navy. Ben spent 23 months in the South Pacific working as an aircraft mechanic during World War II; he married Beth Greenlee in 1946. In 1946-1947, he took classes at the Vanport Extension Center in Portland and returned to Oregon State College in the fall of 1947, where he completed his BS in Business & Technology in 1950. Ben studied photography at the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles in 1950 and 1951 and in May 1951 began helping his mother with the family photography business. Ben also worked as a photographer for the Jesten-Miller Studio in Salem, Oregon, from 1951 to 1955.

In the family's photography business, Ben specialized in agricultural photography, particularly of the Willamette Valley's renowned agricultural resources. As his grandfather, father, and mother had done previously, he frequently visited and photographed the Mt. Hood area, particularly Timberline Lodge and its recreational activities.

Three generations of Gifford photography began to come to a close when Ben took an engineering job with the State Highway Commission in 1955. He worked there for 27 years, retiring in 1982. Ben died in August 1996 in Bend.

Content Description

Ben L. Gifford's photographs were taken between 1950 and 1955 as he completed his senior year at Oregon State College, pursued photographic training at the Fred Archer School of Photography, and then joined the family photography business in Salem, Oregon. The photographs include scenes of Oregon State College and the Corvallis area, especially fellow students at Colorado Lake. Photographs that Gifford made as part of his classwork at the Fred Archer School of Photography in Los Angeles are part of the collection. Most of these photographs were probably made in California; they depict various subjects and reflect several forms of commercial photograph, including advertising and still life.

The bulk of the collection (Series III through XIII) is comprised of images made by Ben during May and June 1951, soon after he joined the family photograph business that are arranged in groups (1A through 16P) by topic. Most of these images document agriculture, primarily in the Willamette Valley, and include images of dairy and beef cattle, horses, sheep, and a goat; barns and silos; harvesting of strawberries, apples, gooseberries, and cherries; and FFA and 4-H stock shows. Many of the agricultural scenes were submitted to and published in agricultural trade magazines such as Hoard's Dairyman Magazine, American Fruit Grower, and Farm Journal. These series also include images of the Marion County Courthouse and Oregon State Capitol and scenic views of the Wallowa Mountains and Wallowa Lake. A few of the images may have been taken by Wanda Gifford.

The collection also includes unnumbered photographs taken in 1954-1955 that depict workers at the State Highway Department; Hoo Doo Bowl and Santiam Lodge at Santiam Pass; and Timberline Lodge and Mt. Hood. Numerous images of skiers, snow-covered trees and landscapes, and snowplows are included.

The primary format in the collection is 4x5 film negative. Prints are included for about half of the negatives.

A selection of images from the collection are available online in The Best of the Archives.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  

Collection is open for research.

Preferred Citation :  

Ben L. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 5), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

The Ben L. Gifford Photographs are arranged in 15 series: I. Fred Archer School of Photography Class Assignments, 1951; II. Numbered Images, 1950; III. General Farm Scenes, 1951; IV. Farm Animals, 1951; V. Farm Buildings, 1951; VI. Soil Erosion and Conservation, 1951; VII. Cultivation of Soil, 1951; VIII. Farm Children, 1951; IX. Harvest, 1951; X. Horticulture, 1951; XI. Public Buildings and Structures, 1951; XII. Commercial Work, 1951; XIII. Scenic Views, 1951; XIV. Color Postcards, circa 1955; and XV. Unnumbered Photographs, 1954-1955.

Custodial History :  

The photographs were donated to the Oregon State University Horner Museum in 1986 by Ben L. and Beth Gifford.

Acquisition Information :  

The photographs were transferred from the Oregon State University Horner Museum to the University Archives in July 1996.

Related Materials :  

This is one component of the Gifford Photographic Collection (P 218) held by the OSU Archives. Other components are: Benjamin A. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 1); Ralph I. Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 2); Ralph I. Gifford Motion Pictures (P 218-SG 3); Wanda Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4); Gifford Collection Photographs by Unknown or Other Photographers (P 218-SG 6); and Gifford Collection Documentary Materials (P 218-SG 7).

Other photographs made by Ben L. Gifford are part of the Wanda Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4); some of the photographs in the Unknown or Other Photographers component of the Gifford collection (P 218-SG 6) may have been taken by Ben L. Gifford.

The Richard W. Gilkey Photographs (P 252) include many images of Oregon State College students and activities during the time period that Ben L. Gifford was a student in the late 1940s to early 1950s. The Robert E. McDole Papers include a notebook for a photography course that McDole took at Oregon State College during this period.


Detailed Description of the Collection

Series I:  Fred Archer School of Photography Class Assignments, 1951
26 mounted prints and 2 negatives

Series I consists of photographs made by Ben L. Gifford as part of his classwork at the Fred Archer School of Photography. Most of the photographs were probably made in California. The images depict various subjects and reflect several forms of commercial photography, including advertising and still life. Assignment numbers (or alpha designators) preceed image titles in the list below.

Container(s)
Description
Class D-1 B
Box
77 11: Gates to a cemetery
77 12: Fountain
77 15: Man sitting on block & tackle next to Caterpillar tractor
77 16: Hose around a metal can
77 21: Fountain outside of the Phoenix candy shop
77 22: Chinatown building?
77 24: Woman and child (Beth and Cheryl Gifford?) walking on a wooded path
Class D-2 A
3: Child's bib and spoon
2 prints
Two views with differing lighting and shadow effects.
Box
77 Ceramic cast of tulips
2 prints
Two views with differing lighting and shadow effects.
77 7: Views of wood blocks
Cone, sphere, and cube.
77 9: Needle and thread close-up; plaid pattern background
77 12: Drive-in coffee shop at night
12, 77 13: Ferry on the Willamette River
4x5 copy negative and 2 prints
One print is original and the other a copy print.
12, 77 Newspaper ad
4x5 copy negative and print
Print is copy print made from original newspaper advertisement, which is also included.
77 17: Ball mason jar
77 18: Glass or candle holder
77 A6: Fishing trawler
77 A7: Man hoisting bucket up the side of a building
77 A8: Industrial Cog
Composite photograph of generating plant and gears.
77 V&D: Barker Brothers smokestack and duct pipe
Vertical and diagonal.
77 DD: Concrete truck being loaded
Double diagonal.

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Series II:  Numbered Images, 1950
26 negatives and 6 prints

Series II consists of photographs made by Gifford during his senior year at Oregon State College and consists primarily of images of fellow students, many taken at Colorado Lake, east of Corvallis. Other subjects of note are campus buildings, the Benton County Courthouse, and the Corvallis Methodist Church. Most of the images in this series are only available as negatives.

Container(s)
Description
Box
12 104: Fellow and stump, Colorado Lake near Corvallis
4x5 negative
1/100-16?
12 105: Rope Diver, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/400-22
12 106: Fire escape sunbathers
4x5 negative
1/50-22
12 107: Arch of men's dorm (Weatherford Hall), OSC
2 4x5 negatives
1/10-22
108: Benton County Courthouse, Corvallis
Box
7, 76
2 prints
12
4x5 negative
12, 76 109: Memorial Union, Oregon State College
4x5 negative and oversize mounted print
7, 12 110: Otter Rock from Lookout
print and 4x5 negative
12 112: Girl standing by tree stump, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/100-16?
12 113: Girl on rope, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/400-5/6
12 114: Joyce and friends on bicycles
4x5 negative
1/200-16
12 115: Carleen; Snell girl and stump, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/100-16
12 116: Fellow diving, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/400-5/6
12 117: Snell girl diving, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/400-5/6
12 118: Water slide, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/400-5/6
7, 12 119: Carleen leaning on tree, silhouette, Colorado Lake
print and 4x5 negative
1/25-22
12, 76 120: Methodist church, Corvallis, Oregon
4x5 negative and oversize mounted print
red filter; 1/100-22
12 121: Marg, Don, and dog, Colorado Lake
4x5 negative
1/100-16
12 123: Dick and Shirley dancing at Senior Ball, Gill Coliseum, Oregon State College
4x5 negative
7, 12 124: V. Monrow and vocalists at Senior Ball in Gill Coliseum
2 4x5 negatives
12 125: Werner and Sylvia at Senior Ball, Gill Coliseum
4x5 negative
12 126: Copy of 2 nude sketches
2 4x5 negatives
12 129: Old house back of highway building
2 4x5 negatives

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Series III:  General Farm Scenes, 1951
2 negatives

Series III consists of two views of the Rex Hartley Farm near Jefferson, Oregon, showing fields, barns, and farm structures.

Container(s)
Description
Box
12 1A-1: Rex Hartley Farm looking north, grain field foreground, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 1A-2: Rex Hartley Farm looking east, horse trough foreground, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative

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Series IV:  Farm Animals, 1951
67 prints and 62 negatives

Series IV consists of photographs of farm animals taken by Ben L. Gifford in May and June, 1951. Most of the images are of beef and dairy cattle; photographs of horses, sheep, and a goat are also included. The images primarily depict farms in the Willamette Valley near Salem; however, several images of beef cattle ranch operations near Joseph, Oregon, are included. Gifford submitted many of the images to agricultural trade magazines and several were purchased for publication, as indicated in the detailed description. Prints are available for most of the negatives.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 3C-1: Horse at fence, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-2: Sheared sheep on pasture, K.W. Noteboom farm, Salem, Oregon
3 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to National Wool Growers.
7, 12 3C-3: Sheep shearing on K.W. Noteboom farm, Salem, Oregon; E.E. Just shearer, left front, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to National Wool Growers.
7, 12 3C-4: Sheep shearing on K.W. Noteboom farm, Salem, Oregon; E.E. Just, shearer, right side, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to National Wool Growers.
7, 12 3C-5: Goat on wagon; Milch, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-6: Holstein herd, State Farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Dairy Journal.
12 3C-7: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-8: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag..
7, 12 3C-9: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Dairy Journal
7, 12 3C-10: Hereford herd, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Livestock Journal.
7, 12 3C-11: Hereford herd, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-12: Hereford herd, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Livestock Journal.
7, 12 3C-13: Stallion Shetland pony, Crystal Springs Ranch, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-14: Shetland pony nursing colt, Crystal Springs Ranch, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-15: Holstein herd and car, State Farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-16: Holstein herd on State Farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag. and bought for $5.00.
7, 12 3C-17: Holstein herd on State Farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-18: Holstein herd on State farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-19: Holstein herd with barn in background, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-20: Holstein cow under tree, State Farm, Mr. Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-21: Hereford herd near fence post (long shot), J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Cattle Pro. and N. Live S. Pro.
7, 12 3C-22: Hereford herd (long shot), J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
12 3C-23: Hereford herd, head on, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Cattle Pro. and N. Live S. Pro.
7, 12 3C-24: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-25: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-26: Guernsey herd, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Dairy Journal.
7, 12 3C-27: Hereford calves, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-28: Guernsey cows, R.A. Tansey farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-29: Hereford cows and calves, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Cattle Pro. and N. Live S. Pro.
7, 12 3C-30: Hereford cows and calves, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Live Jr.
7, 12 3C-31: Hereford cows and calves, Henry A. Thiessen farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Live Jr.
12 3C-32: Hereford herd (horizontal); cow and calf drinking, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon; reflection, May 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to and bought by Am. Cattle Pro. for $5.00.
12 3C-33: Hereford cows drinking, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon
4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Live Jr.
12 3C-34: 1 year quarter-horse colt (front view), Rex Hartley farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-35: 1 year quarter-horse colt (front view), Rex Hartley farm, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-36: Quarter-horse (front left view), Rex Hartley owner, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-37: Quarter-horse (front left view), Rex Hartley, owner, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-38: Quarter-horse (rear right view), Rex Hartley owner, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-39: Quarter-horse (rear front view), Rex Hartley owner, Jefferson, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-40: Jersey Judging Show, State Fair Grounds, Salem, Oregon, May 19, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-41: Hereford herd, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q..
7, 12 3C-42: Hereford calves, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to N. Live S. Pro..
7, 12 3C-43: Hereford herd, calf nursing, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
1 print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to N. Live S. Pro.
12 3C-44: Jersey herd, Brudos farm, Salem, Oregon
4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-45: Hereford herd (vertical), calf in foreground, J.H. Burrell farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to N. Live S. Pro.
7, 12 3C-46: Guernsey cows on pasture, Hager farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-47: Jersey Heifers (vertical; yard shot), Newt Davis farm, Woodburn, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
ubmitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-48: Holstein cows on pasture, State Farm; Woele, manager, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-49: Holstein cows on pasture, State Farm; Woele, manager, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoards Dairy
7, 12 3C-50: Farm scene on State Farm, Holstein cows in foreground; Woele, manager, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-51: Farm scene on State Farm, Holstein cows foreground; Woele, manager; house in rear, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-52: Registerd Holstein herd on irrigated pasture; Bernard Vandecoevering, manager, Vandecoevering Dairy, Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
7, 12 3C-53: Registered Guernsey heifers on manure pile, George Brandt, Silverton, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-54: Vandecoevering reg. Holstein cows on irrigated pasture, Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 1951
prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Hoard's Dairyman Mag.
12 3C-55: Western Livestock Beef Tour, Gene and June Van Blokland Ranch, Joseph, Oregon, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to Trailway Bus Co.
12 3C-56: Western Livestock Beef Tour, Gene and June Van Blokland Ranch, Joseph, Oregon, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to Trailway Bus Co.
12 3C-57: Beef oiler on farm of Ray Adams, Joseph, Oregon, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-58: Herd of registerd Herefords, Earl Miller Ranch, Double Key Ranch, Joseph, Oregon, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-59: Western Livestock Beef Tour, Gene and June Van Blockland, Joseph, Oregon, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to Trailway Bus Co.
12 3C-60: Hereford calves and old thresher, Wallowa Mountains background, June 11, 1951
4x5 negative
12 3C-61: Horses in corral on Lazy T Dude Ranch, Joseph, Oregon, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 3C-62: Sheep on pasture, Purebreed Columbia Breed; P.S. Dencer farm, Salem, Oregon
2 prints and 4x5 negative

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Series V:  Farm Buildings, 1951
15 prints and 9 negatives

Series V consists of photographs of barns, silos, and other farm buildings on farms in the Willamette Valley near Salem, Oregon. Several of the images were submitted for publication to agricultural and farm trade journals. Prints and 4x5 camera negatives are available for all the images.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 4D-1: Dairy Barn, Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 4D-2: Silo on Frank Gratsinger farm, Gervais, Oregon, May 1951
3 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to W. Dairy Journal.
7, 12 4D-3: Farmer Jons' house with rhododendrons in front, Highway 99, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 4D-4: Inside shot of Newton Davis barn, Woodburn, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 4D-6: Close up of silo feeder, Frank Gratsinger farm, Gervais, Oregon, May 1951
7, 12 4D-7: Medium shot of barn and 150-ton metal silo owned by Frank Gratsinger, Gervais, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q.
7, 12 4D-8: Long shot of sheds, silo, and barn; Frank Gratsinger farm, Gervais, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 4D-9: Silo and milking parlor, Clem Berning farm, Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q.
7, 12 4D-10: Barn, G.S. Aman farm, Mt. Angel, Oregon, May 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q.

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Series VI:  Soil Erosion and Conservation, 1951
1 print and 1 negative

Series VI consists of one image made by Gifford depicting the plowing technique used on a farm near Salem, Oregon, to promote soil conservation and prevent soil erosion.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 5E-1: Contour plowing, Carl L. Morrison farm, Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative

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Series VII:  Cultivation of Soil, 1951
2 negatives

Series VII includes two images plowing on a farm near Aumsville, Oregon. No prints are available for these images.

Container(s)
Description
Box
12 6F-1: Plowing with Allis Chalmers tractor and Sears plow, Albert Klein farm, Aumsville, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative
12 6F-2: Plowing with Allis Chalmers tractor and Sears plow, Albert Klein farm, Aumsville, Oregon, May 1951
4x5 negative

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Series VIII:  Farm Children, 1951
4 prints and 4 negatives

Series VIII consists of images of children with farm animals or in farm settings. Several of the images depict Ben L. Gifford's daughter, Cheryl; these were submitted for publication to farming trade magazines. Prints are available for all the images.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 7G-1: Children of K.W. Noteboom, Salem, Oregon, playing in horse trough, May, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 7G-2: Cheryl petting 2 colts, Crystal Springs Ranch (A.W. Smither), Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Jrnl. and Country Gentleman.
7, 12 7G-3: Cheryl feeding colt, Crystal Springs Ranch (A.W. Smither), Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Jrn. and Country G.
7, 12 7G-4: Colt pulling Cheryl's skirt, Crystal Springs Ranch (A.W. Smither), Salem, Oregon, May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Jrn. and Country G.

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Series IX:  Harvest, 1951
8 prints and 4 negatives

Series IX consists of photographs taken by Gifford in the Willamette Valley in early summer of 1951 that depict hay baling and unloading forage. For most of the images in this series, either a print or negative is available, but not both.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 9I-1: Evening shot of baler and tractor, H. Lettenmaier Farm, Aurora, Oregon, June 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q.
7, 12 9I-2: Silhouette of baler and tractor, H. Lettenmaier Farm, Aurora, Oregon, June 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Farm Q.
7 9I-3: Men unloading forage trailer
7 9I-4: Men unloading forage trailer
2 prints
12 9I-5: Bailing hay with H. Model International tractor and New Holland Baler; operates on H. M. Cherry's 185 acres
4x5 negative
12 9I-6: Baling hay, H.M. Cherry Farm with H. Model International tractor and New Holland Baler; operates on 185 acres
4x5 negative
7 9I-8: Two men unloading forage trailer next to silo
2 prints
7 9I-9: Two men unloading forage trailer

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Series X:  Horticulture, 1951
55 prints and 37 negatives

Series X consists of photographs made by Gifford in late spring and early summer of 1951 that depict growing and harvesting of fruit crops in the Willamette Valley of Oregon, including strawberries, apples, gooseberries, and cherries. Prints and camera negatives are available for the bulk of the images. Many of the photographs were submitted to fruit growing trade magazines and several were purchased for publication.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 11K-1: Dusting strawberries with Allis Chalmers tractor, Lawrence Zielinski farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-2: Dusting strawberries with Allis Chalmers tractor, Lawrence Zielinski farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-3: Dusting strawberries with Allis Chalmers tractor, Lawrence Zielinski farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to and bought by A. Fruit Growers for $4.00.
7, 12 11K-4: Spraying apple trees for aphids, J. Hancock farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-5: Spraying apple trees for aphids (horizontal) John Hancock farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-6: Spraying apple trees for aphids, J. Hancock farm, Salem, Oregon, May, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-7: Spraying apple trees, J. Hancock farm, Salem, Oregon; girl on tractor, May, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-8: Shilly Lenocker and strawberries in Elgin Lucas patch, Hubbard, Oregon, May, 29, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
See also color transparency in Wanda Gifford Photographs (P 218-SG 4).
7, 12 11K-9: Strawberry pickers (horizontal long shot) Elgin Lucas patch, Hubbard Oregon, June 29, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-10: Strawberry pickers (horizontal shot) Elgin Lucas patch, Hubbard Oregon, June 29, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-11: Close up of strawberry pickers, Elgin Lucas patch, Hubbard, Oregon, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-12: Marilyn Pease emptying apron of gooseberries into box on Carl Vogt's 5 acres of Oregon Champions, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-13: John Steiner running fingers through gooseberries (close up), Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-14: Mr. & Mrs. John Steiner operating fanning mill on gooseberries, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
12 11K-15: Gooseberry pickers on 5 acres of Carl Vogt's Oregon Champion berries, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-16: Marilyn Pease, Salem, Oregon, emptying apron into box of gooseberries, Carl Vogt's 5 acre patch of Oregon Champions, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-17: Gooseberry pickers in Carl Vogt's 5 acre patch of Oregon Champions, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-18: Mr. & Mrs. John Steiner filling gooseberry boxes, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-19: Mrs. Steiner filling gooseberry box, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-20: Mr. & Mrs. John Steiner operating gooseberry fanning mill, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-21: John Steiner filling gooseberry box, Silverton, Oregon, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-22: Marilyn Pease of Salem, Oregon picking gooseberries in Carl Vogt's 5 acre patch of Oregon Champions, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-23: Verne Harms filling duster with weevil bait, Salem, Oregon, for 15 acres of Marshall strawberries, May 31, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to Country G. and A. Fruit Growers; bought by A. Fruit Growers for $4.00.
7, 12 11K-24: Verne Harms (rear shot) operating duster spreading weevil bait, Salem, Oregon, on 15 acres of Marshall strawberries, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-25: Verne Harms (front view) operating duster spreading weevil bait, Salem, Oregon, on 15 acres of Marshall strawberries, May 30, 1951
2 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-26: Close up of strawberry cluster on L. B. Dobbins 18 acres of Marshall strawberries, Star Route, Silverton, Oregon, June 14, 1951
4 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-27: Large cluster of strawberries on L. B. Dobbins 18 acres of Marshall strawberries Star Route, Silverton, Oregon, June 14, 1951
3 prints and 4x5 negative
Submitted to and bought by A. Fruit Growers for $4.00.
7, 12 11K-28: Strawberry pickers on 18 acre field of Marshall berries, L. B. Dobbins, Star Route, Silverton, Oregon; requires 28 regular pickers & Dobbins provides housing, June 14, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
7, 12 11K-29: Full strawberry boxes on back of truck on L.B. Dobbins' 18 acre farm of Marshall berries, Star Route, Silverton, Oregon, June 14, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Submitted to A. Fruit Growers.
12 11K-30: Weighing cherry box; Wayne Handley, ticket and Paul Daran, checking scale; Ammon Grice Orchard
4x5 negative
12 11K-31: Margaret Dick of Salem picking cherries high in Royalann tree, Otto J. Murllhaupt Orchard
4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-32: Close up of cherry picker Leo McDonnald in the Otto J. Murllhaupt Orchard (19 acres of Royal Ann)
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-33: Wayne Handley stepping from wagon to truck, loading cherries on Ammon Grice Farm, Salem, Oregon
2 prints and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-34: Wayne Handley stacking cherry boxes on truck, Ammon Grice Orchard, Salem, Oregon
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 11K-35: Loading cherries from wagon to truck, Ammon Grice Orchard (35 acres of Royal Ann) Salem, Oregon
7, 12 11K-36: Close up of Royal Ann cherries on limb
2 prints and 4x5 negative
12 11K-37: Old man emptying bucket of cherries into box, W.W. Tannor, Salem, Oregon
4x5 negative

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Series XI:  Public Buildings and Structures, 1951
9 prints and 5 negatives

Series XI includes photographs of the Independence Bridge over the Willamette River and the Marion County Courthouse in Salem, Oregon, shortly before it was removed.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 14N-1: Independence Bridge, May, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
4D-11: Old Marion County Courthouse, circa 1951
Images were taken shortly before the courthouse was demolished to make way for a new courthouse.
Box
7, 12
5 prints and 4 4x5 negatives
76, 77
3 oversize prints

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Series XII:  Commercial Work, 1951
42 negatives and 7 prints

Series XII consists of photographs made by Ben L. Gifford as a commercial photographer, perhaps on contract for the depicted events. The bulk of the images are of the FFA Stock Show in Salem and the 4-H and FFA Stock Show in The Dalles and depict youth (men and women) showing dairy and beef cattle, sheep, and hogs. Two images of a boat trip on the Columbia River for the 4-H and FFA youth are also included. Several images of a mobile chest X-ray unit on the Capitol grounds in Salem are also included. Prints are available for only a few of the images in this series; most of the photographs are 4x5 camera negatives.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 15O-1: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
Panoramic view.
12 15O-2: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
Panoramic view.
12 15O-3: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
Panoramic view.
12 15O-4: Raymond Weygant, Canby, Oregon after receiving blue ribbon on Hereford at the Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-5: Blue ribbon winners, Dairy Cow Class, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-6: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-7: FFA Luncheon at Senator Hotel, Salem, Oregon; speaker's table, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-8: FFA Luncheon, Senator Hotel, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 15O-9: Sheep showmanship winners, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-10: Family Jersey herd -- mother, daughter and grand-daughter, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-11: Sheep blue ribbon winners, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-12: Guernsey cow blue ribbon winner, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-13: Raymond Weygant of Canby, Oregon currying Hereford, Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-14: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-15: Sears Roebuck FFA Show, Salem, Oregon, May 26, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 15O-16: Gayle Hess, Albany, Oregon, FFA Show held at Salem, Oregon; boy sanding horns, May 26, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-17: 4-H & FFA kids on bow of the Francis, mid-Columbia River, Oregon, June 5, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-18: Robert & Mickey Ranslam, The Dalles, Reserve Grand Champion and Grand Champion respectively, Dalles Stock Show, 4-H and FFA, June 5, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-19: Grand champion Hampshire hog owned by Sammy Nobels, Hermiston, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-20: Sally Fields, Wasco, Oregon, brushing Hereford, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-21: Lineup of Herefords for judging 4-H & FFA Stock Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-22: Bill Steen of Milton, Oregon, currying Hereford tail, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-23: Group of FFA boys talking at The Dalles, Oregon; left to right, Simmons, Butner, Basim, Page, Thompson, and Bennett, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-24: 4-H & FFA boys and girls washing hogs for Stock Show at The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-25: Sheep judge, John Langer of Oregon State College, FFA and 4-H Stock Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 15O-26: 4-H & FFA kids with sheep waiting for judge, Stock Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
7, 12 15O-27: Lineup of sheep going to judging pen, FFA & 4-H Stock Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 15O-28: Lineup of Herefords for judging at FFA & 4-H Stock Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-29: Jean Ross and grand champion Southdown sheep from Moro, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-30: Diane Christenson and Jean Ross, reserve and grand champion Southdown sheep respectfully, from Moro, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-31: Fat Stock Sale, 4-H & FFA Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-32: Herefords in barn with Albert Defree, Baker County Agent, 4-H & FFA Show, The Dalles, Oregon, June 6, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-33: 4-H & FFA Stock Show kids boarding the Francis at The Dalles, June 5, 1951
4x5 negative
12 15O-34: Chest X-ray truck at Capitol, Salem
4x5 negative
long shot
12 15O-35: Bob Ashby, Jason Lee with check at door of X-ray truck
4x5 negative
12 15O-36: Newburg looking out door of X-ray truck
4x5 negative
12 15O-37: Newburg registering
4x5 negative
12 15O-38: Newburg being X-rayed
4x5 negative
12 15O-39: People leaving X-ray unit
4x5 negative
long shot
12 15O-40: Women entering X-ray unit
4x5 negative
long shot
12 15O-41: Capitol Dome and X-ray unit
2 4x5 negatives

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Series XIII:  Scenic Views, 1951
11 negatives and 6 prints

Series XIII consists of scenic landscape photographs taken by Ben L. Gifford and includes images of the Oregon State Capitol; the Wilsonville Ferry on the Willamette River; the Wallowa Mountains and Wallowa Lake; and The Dalles. Prints are available for about half of the images.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7, 12 16P-1: Oregon State Capitol (rear view), May 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 16P-2: Silhouette (horizontal) of Wilsonville Ferry, Oregon, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
7, 12 16P-3: Silhouette (vertical) of Wilsonville Ferry, Oregon, May 30, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 16P-4: Wallowa Mountains with hay stacker in foreground, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative
12, 76 16P-5: Wallowa Lake, stump and tree in foreground, June 8, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12, 76 16P-6: Wallowa Lake; fence in foreground, June 8, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 16P-7: Horseback rider looking over Wallowa Valley, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative
12, 76 16P-8: Horse and rider looking over Wallowa Lake; rock in foreground, June 8, 1951
print and 4x5 negative
12 16P-9: Horseback rider overlooking Wallowa Lake, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative
12 16P-10: Scenic view of The Dalles, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative
12 16P-11: Scenic view of The Dalles; water storage area in foreground, June 8, 1951
4x5 negative

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Series XIV:  Color Postcards, circa 1955
2 postcards

Series XIV consists of two color postcards published by Smith's Scenic Views of Tacoma, Washington, that depict Timberline Lodge and a ski lift on Mt. Hood. The cards are imprinted with Ben L. Gifford's amateur radio call sign (K7BYH) and were probably used by him as QSL cards to confirm radiocommunication between two amateur radio stations.

Container(s)
Description
Box
7 Timberline Lodge, Oregon; mountains of snow and shimmering icicles provide a fantasyland effect at Timberline on Mt. Hood , circa 1955
7 Mt. Hood, Oregon in winter splendor; Timberline Lodge and its ski lift offers one of the finest skiing facilities in the Northwest, circa 1955

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Series XV:  Unnumbered Photographs, 1954-1955
61 negatives and 11 prints

The images in Series XV were probably taken by Ben L. Gifford. They include several undated photographs of men working in the State Highway Department shops at drafting tables and talking on the telephone. The bulk of the series consists of images of skiers and snow scenes at Hoo Doo Bowl (Santiam Lodge) in January 1955 and at Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge in April 1954. Prints are only available for a few of the negatives.

Container(s)
Description
Box
12 Fellows at shops, State Highway Department, undated
6 4x5 negatives
12 Hoo Doo Bowl, Santiam Lodge, January 6, 1955
14 4x5 negatives
Skiers at Mt. Hood and Timberline Lodge, April 17, 1954
Includes views of skiers, snow-covered trees and landscapes, snow plows, and Timberline Lodge covered in snow.
Box
7
5 prints
12
41 4x5 negatives
76, 77
6 oversize prints

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Subjects

    • Corporate Names :
    • Fred Archer School of Photography (Los Angeles, Calif.)
    • Future Farmers of America. Oregon Association.
    • Oregon State College--Students.
    • Timberline Lodge (Mount Hood, Or.)
    • Subject Terms :
    • 4-H clubs--Oregon.
    • Agriculture--Oregon.
    • Fruit-culture--Oregon.
    • Landscape photography--Oregon.
    • Livestock--Oregon.
    • Photography--Study and teaching--California--Los Angeles.
    • Skis and skiing--Oregon.
    • Snow--Oregon.
    • Youth--Oregon--Societies and clubs.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Corvallis (Or.)
    • Hood, Mount (Or.)
    • Salem (Or.)
    • Santiam Pass (Or.)
    • Wallowa Mountains (Or.)
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Film negatives.
    • Photographic prints.
      • Other Creators :
      • Gifford, Wanda.

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