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William B. Burke photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PH 005

Scope and Contents note

The collection consist of 153 glass plate negatives, 57 nitrate negatives, and 138 prints from the negatives. The images show the communities of Bandon, Beaver Hill, Coquille, Coos Bay, Marshfield, Myrtle Point, Pacific City, Powers, North Bend, Dairyville, and Reedsport. The "Mosquito fleet," lumber ships, C.A. Smith mill, Kruse & Banks shipyard, stage lines, Marshfield Boat Fete and street scenes are included.


  • Creation: 1900-1930


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections & University Archives Reading Room.

Collection includes nitrate photographs to which access is restricted.

Physical Access

Glass plate negatives and lantern slides are restricted due to the fragility of the format. All decisions regarding use will be at the discretion of the curator for visual materials.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections & University Archives, University of Oregon Libraries. Copyright resides with the creators of the documents or their heirs. All requests for permission to publish collection materials must be submitted to Special Collections & University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.

Biographical/Historical note

Nothing is known about William Burke. A Frank J. Burke is listed as owner of Burke's Camera Shop in Marshfield, 1936-1940.


2 linear feet

Language of Materials



William Burke (dates unknown) photographed the Southern Oregon communities of Coos, Curry and Douglas counties from the 1900s to the 1930s. In 1912 Burke and F.F. Sasman traveled on a Pathfinder to demonstrate the need for better roads on the coast. The collection consists of 380 images, prints and negatives, of community events, shipping, railroads, logging, mining and ship-building, and the Pathfinder expedition.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Collection includes nitrate photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Unknown. Probably acquired c. 1940.

General Physical Description note

7 containers, including 475 photographs

Guide to the William B. Burke photographs
In Progress
Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Script of description
Language of description note
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA