Roland Gail Holmes was the son of Sylvester (Jake) Holmes; a native of Kansas, Holmes died in 1994. He was the father of Zoe Ann Holmes, a Professor of Nutrition and Food Management at Oregon State University from 1974 until her retirement in 2002.
The Roland G. Holmes Collection of Oregon and Washington Postcards consists of photographic and picture postcards as well as photographic prints of Oregon and Washington scenes. About a third of the images depict scenes of the Columbia River Gorge and Columbia River Highway, including waterfalls, Vista House, highway viewpoints, and Beacon Rock. Images of many other notable Oregon and Washington landmarks are part of the collection, including Mount Hood, Mount Rainier, and Three Sisters; Silver Creek Falls; Crater Lake; the Pacific Coast in Oregon and Washington; and the cities of Portland, Oregon, and Seattle, Washington.
Most of the images of the Columia River Gorge and Highway were taken by Ralph I. Gifford; an image by Cross and Dimmitt is also included. The collection includes high-resolution digital images scanned from the postcards and photographic prints by Zoe Ann Holmes as well as an item-level list of the images with detailed descriptions.
Restrictions on Access :
Collection is open for research.Preferred Citation :
Roland G. Holmes Collection of Oregon and Washington Postcards (P 283), Oregon State University Archives, Corvallis, Oregon.
Additional Reference Guides :
A detailed list of all the items in the collection was prepared by Zoe Ann Holmes and is available online and with the photographs.Custodial History :
The postcards and photographic prints were sent to Roland Holmes' father, Sylvester, by Fred Stump, a member of Sylvester's wife's family, who assembled the postcards while living in Oregon (Beaverton). The collection was later given to Roland by his father.Acquisition Information :
The materials were donated to the Archives in 2010 by Holmes' daughter, Zoe Ann Holmes.Related Materials :
Many of the OSU Archives' photographic collections include images of Oregon and Washington landmarks and scenes. Of special note are the Gerald W. Williams Collection and the Gifford Photographic Collection (P 218), both of which include many other images of the Columbia River Gorge. The Zoe Ann Holmes Photographs (P 270) consist of photographs dcoumenting teaching and research activities, faculty, and students of the Nutrition and Food Management Department at Oregon State University.