William H. Burton photographs
Scope and Contents note
The collection consists of 549 glass and nitrate negatives, 61 prints, and two albums. The first is an album of views of the University of Oregon, 1912-1916, showing campus buildings, student activities including the Canoe Fete and the bonfire, a football game against Oregon Agricultural College, baseball, track, women's field hockey and tennis, pageants, and a women's chemistry class. The second album documents Burton's Siletz auto trip of 1912, and includes an advertising flyer from the White Star Line. The negatives primarily show the Newport coast area (many of these images may be by Fred Sassman), New York City, and some from Boston and Salem, Massachusetts.
Conditions Governing Access note
Collection is open to the public.
Collection must be used in Reading Room.
Collection includes nitrate photographs to which access is restricted.
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 Photographs Librarian in Special Collections and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.
Archival material may contain materials with sensitive or confidential information that is protected under federal and/or state right to privacy laws and other regulations.
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William H. Burton (1890-1964) was born in Fort Worth, Texas in 1890 to George Charles and Agnes Ann Burton. He attended Hill Military, Portland Academy, and the Oregon Normal School. During the years 1912-1915 he was a reporter for the Portland Journal; in later years he contributed to the Oregon Journal and Yaquina Bay News. Burton reportedly graduated from the University of Oregon in 1915 but is not listed in the yearbook.
He received a master's in education at Columbia University and a doctorate from the University of Chicago. Burton was the author of several text books on education. He taught at rural elementary and secondary schools in Oregon, and then went on to teach at institutions of higher education including Washington State University at Pullman, the University of Cincinnati, the University of Chicago, University of Southern California, and Harvard University, where he was director of apprenticeship of the graduate school of education. Burton retired to Oregon in 1955 and taught at Oregon State University and the University of Oregon. He married Virginia Lee Nottingham in 1920, and had at least two sisters.
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Language of Materials
William H. Burton (1890-1964) was an educator and amateur photographer who lived on the Oregon coast and attended the University of Oregon 1912-1915. The collection consists of 549 prints and negatives primarily of the vicinity of Newport, Oregon, the University of Oregon campus and student activities, and New York City.
Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note
Collection includes nitrate photographs.
Immediate Source of Acquisition note
Gift of Mrs. William Burton in May 1966.
General Physical Description note
27 containers, including 610 photographs and 2 albums
Processing Information note
Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer and Megan Dazey, August 2005.
- Glass negatives Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Nitrate negatives Subject Source: TGM II, Genre and physical characteristic terms
- Photograph albums Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographic prints Subject Source: Art & Architecture Thesaurus
- Photographs Subject Source: Archiveswest
- Guide to the William H. Burton photographs
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- Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer
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- Finding aid written in English.
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