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Water Resources Department Records Guide

Record Series Descriptions

Photographs and Negatives

1890-1961 (92A-006)
Photograph Box 1
.55 cubic foot
Arrangement: Alphabetical by topic or location

Series consists of photographs that illustrate water resources in Oregon. Series includes views and aerial views of dams, reservoirs, and their construction; irrigation systems and irrigated crops; floods and flood damage to crops, fields, and river banks; rivers and river banks showing erosion damage and improvements designed to control or prevent erosion.

Photographs depict the Calapooya River, McKenzie River, South Santiam River, Tualatin River, Willamette River, and Yamhill River; Cottage Grove Lake, Detroit Dam, Dorena Dam, Fern Ridge Dam, and Lookout Point Dam. Also included are photographs of floods in the Willamette River Basin and in Linn County on the Calapooya and South Santiam River.

Photograph Descriptions (92A-006)


1910-1964 (93A-011)
Photograph Boxes 1-3
3 cubic feet
Arrangement: Partially numerical by photograph number

Series documents irrigation project construction sites, irrigated crops, dams, scenic views, floods (including numerous photographs of the 1964 flood), and other subjects. Some of the photographs depict rivers before they were dammed.

The series includes a sizeable number of negatives. Many of the negatives do not have corresponding prints. One cubic foot of nitrate negatives is stored in the nitrate photograph storage area.


Note: Images and descriptions of 238 Water Resources Department photographs from this series are included in the searchable Historical Photograph Database.


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