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William H. Burton photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PH 006

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.


  • Creation: 1912-1916


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.

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 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.

Researchers are advised that the disclosure of certain information pertaining to identifiable living individuals represented in this collection without the consent of those individuals may have legal ramifications (e.g. a cause of action for invasion of privacy may arise if facts concerning an individual's private life are published that would be deemed highly offensive to a reasonable person) for which the University of Oregon assumes no responsibility.

If a researcher finds sensitive personal information in a collection, please bring it to the attention of the reading room staff.

Biographical/Historical note

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.


8 linear feet

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.

Related Archival Materials note

The University of Oregon album was formerly kept in the Manuscript collection as Ca B957. An album of photographs of Columbia University was transferred to the Columbiana Collection at Columbia in 1966. A group of books, primarily educational readers, was incorporated into the Libraries' collection.

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.

Guide to the William H. Burton 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