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Photo Archive

We currently have over 28,700 images in our photo archives. If you have a question about any photograph, please email Collections with a description of what you are looking for. We will do our best to help you with your research.

UPDATE (3/14/2024): We are are in active conversations with a developer to restore our photo archives online. We hope to have the Photo Research archives back online soon. 

We’ve been busy behind the scenes! Here are some highlights of images added to our photo archives over the past few years:
• 2018.33 – In 2020, over 7000 images from the George Lindsay collection, donated by The Dalles Chronicle in 2018, were scanned, cataloged, and put online. The Lindsay collection spans the 1940s through the 1970s in the Mid Columbia area. There are tens of thousands of negatives yet needing to be scanned.
• 2021.25 – From the Bill and Virginia Johnson estate, 157 images from area sites of the Oregon Trail.
• 2021.28 – from the Gladys Seufert estate, an additional 116 images scanned with many more yet to process.
• 2022.03 – From the James and Margaret Webb collection, we added 134 images of downtown The Dalles and the surrounding area from the 1950s.
• 2022.14 –  From the estate of Gene and Charlotte Adkisson, 51 photos of steamers and barges on the Columbia.
• 2022.26 – From 2022, 192 images from the 2009 Oregon Statehood Wagon Train and 2011 David Thompson Voyageur Canoe reenactment.
• 2023.15 –  From the Sam Geer collection, 164 photos, most of tug boat activities on the Columbia.
• 2023.28 – Scans from 85 lithograph illustrations by John Mix Stanley during the 1853-1860 railroad surveys of the Columbia Gorge.
• 2023.35 – Petroglyph rubbings, including 21 images, from the Gerhard collection.
• 2023.40 –  Mid-Columbia Livestock Association brought 290 photos into our collection from the Fat Stock Sale held at Winks Auction Yard in The Dalles.
• 2024.15 – Photos from the family of Judge Joseph G. Wilson and his son Judge Fred W. Wilson.

We are always adding to our photo and object collection. if you have questions about our photo archives, email your query to

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