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About this collection

The items in this collection are housed in Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections in the Terrell Library.

View the guide to PC 86: Cull A. White Photographs and Negatives, 1861-1950.

The Collection

There are approximately 260 images that make up the Cull A. White Photograph Collection. The images document the lives of Native Americans and pioneers that inhabited the inland Pacific Northwest, primarily what is now Washington state, throughout the late nineteenth- and early twentieth-centuries. Cull A. White collected photographs of, as well as researched and wrote about, the history of the peoples of north-central Washington. He focused on the lives of Native Americans, especially the descendants of Chief Moses and Chief Kamiakin, and the lives of pioneer settlers, such as Thomas X. Fife, Judge William Compton Brown, and Ben and Sam Hutchinson. The Cull A. White photograph collection consists of a variety of photographic images, including the subjects portrayed in studio poses, in outdoor scenes, as family portraits, and landscape photographs.

Notable images in the collection include photographs of Chief Joseph, Jackson Sundown, Father Pierre Jean DeSmet, Calamity Jane, and Buffalo Bill Cody. Also included are photographs depicting different means of transportation throughout the Pacific Northwest, such as several early twentieth-century steam boats, as well as the construction and completion of the Grand Coulee Dam.

The photographs in this collection comprise the work of several photographers of the U.S. West and Native American life, including Art Bauman, W.S. Bowman, H.W. Fuller, Frank S. Matsura, Otto W. Pautzke, and F. B. Pomeroy.

Searching the Collection

Entering search terms in the "Search The Collection" box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. The "Browse This Collection" link in the gray bar will display all items in an alphabetical order. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view an item description, double click on the thumbnail or the textual link. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click. Options to return to the Collection Home or the WSU Digital Collections are provided along the top banner.

Creating the Database

Graduate History student Nathan Sowry scanned photographic images from original prints and negatives as 600 dpi TIFF files on an Epson Expression 10000XL scanner, added 100 dpi JPEG versions of the images to the CONTENTdm database, and created the descriptive metadata for the images. Mark O'English, University Archivist and Photographs Curator, supervised the project and designed the metadata schemas. Alex Merrill provided technical support for CONTENTdm. Nathan Sowry and Mark O'English created this page; Jeff Kuure designed the page's banner.

 
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