Guide to the Western views photograph album,
1869-1883

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Overview of the Collection

Creator: Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942.
Title: Western views photograph album
Dates: 1869-1883 ( inclusive )
1870-1880 ( bulk )
Quantity: 1 box (0.25 linear ft.)
Collection Number: USU_P0205
Summary: Albumen prints taken by photographers W.H. Jackson, C.R. Savage, and I.W. Taber from the 1870s to the early 1880s. Most of the photos show scenes along the Denver & Rio Grande or Central Pacific Railroads in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Also included are images from Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and the Grand Canyon. The prints were removed from the album to prevent mechanical damage to loose prints and because the album pages were composed of highly acidic wood pulp paper. The original album is kept separately in Box 2.
Repository: Utah State University. Special Collections and Archives
Photograph Collection

Merrill-Cazier Library
Utah State University
3000 Old Main Hill
Logan, UT 84322-3000
Phone: 435 797-2663
Fax: 435 797-2880
Email: scweb@usu.edu

Languages: Collection materials are in English. 
Sponsor: Library Services and Technology Act (LSTA) grant, 2007-2008

Biographical Note

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942)

William Henry Jackson began his photographic career in Omaha, Nebraska in 1867. He started out working for another photographer but he and his brother soon purchased their own studio. Jackson first made a name for himself when he and his assistant Arundel Hull traveled along the newly completed Union Pacific Railroad photographing the line, the railroad towns, and scenic wonders in 1869. Between 1870 and 1879 he was the photographer in charge for the Hayden Survey. He was the first photographer to reach Yellowstone National Park and his images played a part in the recognition of that area for special protection. In 1879 Jackson opened a studio in Denver, Colorado and in 1881 he began work for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. In 1892 he incorporated the W.H. Jackson Photography & Publishing company and traveled throughout the world as a photographer. In 1897 he moved to Detroit where he was involved with the Detroit Publishing Company who used his images as postcards. In 1924 the company went bankrupt and Jackson moved to Washington D.C. where he worked on his memoirs and painted historic western scenes.

C.R. Savage (1832-1909)

Charles R. Savage is perhaps best known for shooting the Golden Spike Ceremony at Promontory Point, Utah in 1869. His photographic trips, however, took him throughout the West from the 1860s to the 1890s and his imagess were sold across the United States and reproduced in Eastern periodicals. A convert to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, he grew up in Southampton, England and moved to New York City in 1855. He slowly mastered the new medium of photography and by the time he and his young family made their way to Utah in 1860 he was ready to set up a permanent studio. Savage was a savvy businessman whose profits from a successful art/photography store funded his various photographic endeavors. In Utah he was known not only as a photographer but also as a philanthropist and passionate defender of the Mormon Chuch. He would eventually enter into polygamist unions with four women.

I.W. Taber (1830-1912)

Isaiah West Taber was born in 1830 in Massachusetts. As a young man he tried many occupations (sailor, trader, rancher, miner and dentist) before settling on photography. He opened his first studio in New Bedford, Massachusetts in 1854 and later operated a studio in Syracuse, New York before heading back to San Francisco in 1864 where he had spent several years as a young man. Although he initially was hired by the photographic firm of Bradley and Rulofson, he soon opened his own studio and quickly moved to establish himself as the leading photographer of the West Coast. In 1875 he obtained Carleton Watkins' collection of negatives and in the 1880s he opened a factory for producing dry-plate negatives. By 1900 his studios employed fifty people. His entire collection of negatives, however, was destroyed in the 1906 San Francisco earthquake.

Content Description

The Western Views photograph album consists of albumen prints taken by photographers W.H. Jackson, C.R. Savage, and I.W. Taber from the 1870s to the early 1880s. Most of the photos show scenes along the Denver & Rio Grande or Central Pacific Railroads in California, Colorado, New Mexico and Utah. Also included are images from Santa Fe, Salt Lake City, San Francisco, and the Grand Canyon.

The album was purchased from Amalgre Books (Bloomington, Indiana) in 1998. The photo descriptions were copied exactly as they appear on the photograph. The prints were removed from the album to prevent mechanical damage to loose prints and because the album pages were composed of highly acidic wood pulp paper. The original album can be found in Box 2.

Use of the Collection

Restrictions on Access :  Restrictions

Open to public research.

Restrictions on Use :  Copyright

It is the responsibility of the user to obtain permission to publish from the owner of the copyright (the institution, the creator of the record, the author or his/her transferees, heirs, legates, or literary executors). The user agrees to indemnify and hold harmless the Utah State University Libraries, its officers, employees, and agents from and against all claims made by any person asserting that he or she is an owner of copyright.

Permission to publish material from the Western views photograph album must be obtained from the Special Collections Photograph Curator and/or the Special Collections Department Head.

Preferred Citation :  

Western views photograph album, 1869-1883. (P0205). Utah State University. Special Collections & Archives Department.

Administrative Information

Arrangement :

Arrangement: Topical.

Acquisition Information :  

The album was purchased from Amalgre Books (Bloomington, Indiana) in 1998.

Processing Note :  

Register completed by Peter F. Schmid, June 1998, and revised by Daniel Davis, July 2003.

Related Materials :  

C.R. Savage photograph collection (P0038)


Detailed Description of the Collection

William Henry Jackson
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 1:01: "450. COLORADO SPRINGS." (Colorado)
1 1:02: "417. CHEYENNE FALLS." (Colorado. Renamed Seven Falls)
1 1:03: "407. RAINBOW FALLS. UTE PASS." (Colorado. Near Manitou Falls)
1 1:04: "404. UTE IRON SPRING." (Colorado. Near Manitou Falls)
1 1:05: "451. UTE IRON SPRING." (Colorado. Near Manitou Falls)
1 1:06: "412. WILLIAMS' CANON, NEAR THE CAVE." (Colorado)
1 1:07: "409. THE NARROWS, WILLIAMS' CANON." (Colorado)
1 1:08: "608. GARDEN OF THE GODS AND PIKES PEAK." (Colorado)
1 1:09: "424. MANITOU." (Colorado)
1 1:10: "401. CLIFF HOUSE AND SODA SPRINGS." (Manitou, Colorado)
1 1:11: "615. MONUMENT PARK." (Colorado)
1 1:12: (View, Monument Park). (Colorado)
1 1:13: "622." (View, Monument Park, Colorado)
1 1:14: "612. VULCANS ANVIL. MONUMENT PARK." (Colorado)
1 1:15: "5008. THE GRAND CANON OF THE COLORADO." (Arizona)
1 1:16: "414. ENTRANCE TO THE CAVE OF THE WINDS. MANITOU." (Colorado)
1 1:17: "1003. MARSHALL PASS. BIG BEND NEAR SHIRLEY." (Colorado. Railroad workers in foreground)
1 1:18: "804. THE ROYAL GORGE". (Colorado)
1 1:19: "4404. CURRICANTI NEEDLE." (Colorado)
1 1:20: "3007, CHURCH OF SANTA GUADALUPE. SANTA FE."
1 1:21: "3001 SAN FRANCISCO ST. SANTA FE, N.M."

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C.R. Savage
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 1:22: "ROYAL GORGE, GRAND CANON OF THE ARKANSAS, D. & R.G.R.R. C.R. SAVAGE , SALT LAKE." (Colorado)
1 1:23: "VIEW WEST FROM SUMMIT OF MARSHALL PASS, D. & R.G.Ry." (Colorado)
1 1:24: "C.R. SAVAGE. Photo. BLACK CANON OF THE GUNNISON. D & RGRy." (Colorado)
1 1:25: "CENTRAL PART SALT LAKE CITY FROM THE NORTH." (View includes Temple Square, Salt Lake City in foreground)
1 1:26: "INTERIOR TABERNACLE 250 FT. LONG 150 WIDE" (LDS Tabernacle in Salt Lake City, Utah)
1 1:27: "C.P.R.R. BRIDGE OVER LONG RAVINE NEAR COLFAX. NEVADA Co. NARROW GUAGE BELOW."
1 1:28: "TRUCKEE RIVER, BOCA. CPRR. CAL. C.R. SAVAGE SALT LAKE" (California)
1 1:29: "DONNER LAKE, SUMMIT IN THE DISTANCE, CPRR. C.R. SAVAGE, SALT LAKE." (California)
1 1:30: "AMERICAN RIVER FROM CAPE HORN. C.P.R.R. C.R. SAVAGE SALT LAKE" (California)

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I.W. Tabor
Container(s)
Description
Box
1 1:31: "B 206. Panorama of San Francisco."
1 1:32: "B 25. Court, Palace Hotel, S.F., Cal."
1 1:33: (View overlooking beach and Cliff House near San Francisco, California)
1 1:34: (View of Cliff House, near San Francisco, California)
1 1:35: "B 508 Seal Rock, Pacific Ocean." (California)
1 1:36: "B 1256 Fort Point." (California)
1 1:37: "B 1225 Instantaneous surf effect at Fort Point, Golden Gate." (California)
1 1:38: "B 51. Hotel del Monte, Monterey, Cal." (California)
1 1:39: "B 273 Moss Grove, Cypress Drive." (California)
1 1:40: "MISSION of SAN CARLOS, and BAY of CARMEL, UPPER CALIFORNIA." (Copy print of a lithograph from a drawing by Captain William Smith R.N)

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Original album, patented in , 1883
Container(s)

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Subjects

    • Personal Names :
    • Savage, C. R. (Charles Roscoe), 1832-1909.  ( contributor)
    • Taber, I. W. (Isaiah West), 1830-1912.  ( contributor)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Denver and Rio Grande Railroad Company--Photographs.
    • Geographical Names :
    • Manitou Springs (Colo.)--19th century--Photographs.
    • Monument Park (El Paso County, Colo.)--19th century--Photographs.
    • Royal Gorge (Colo.)--19th century--Photographs.
    • San Francisco (Calif.)--History--19th century--Photographs.
    • Santa Fe (N.M.)--19th century--Photographs.
    • West (U.S.)--History--19th century--Photographs.
    • Form or Genre Terms :
    • Albumen prints.

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