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Stadden Photographic Studio photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: PH 010

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of 180 glass plate negatives and four vintage prints of family. The bulk of the collection provides images of life on the Oregon coast, particularly Coos Bay, North Bend, and Marshfield. Logging businesses, bridges, the Coos Bay Shipbuilding Company, farms, waterways, ships, railroads and the coastline are depicted.


  • 1910-1920


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

Collection must be used in Special Collections and 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

John Hawthorne Stadden was born in Pennsylvania in 1873. He traveled west to Oregon for his health. In 1907-1909 he was an itinerant photographer in Washington and Oregon. He opened a studio in Marshfield, OR (now Coos Bay) in 1909, which remained in operation until the 1950s. Stadden photographed the commercial activities of the area: shipping, logging, agriculture, and transportation. J.H. Stadden died November 8, 1961 in Coos Bay.


3.5 linear feet

Language of Materials



John Hawthorne Stadden (1873-1961) was an itinerant Northwest photographer from 1907-1909 and opened Stadden Photographic Studio in Marshfield (Coos Bay) in 1909. The collection consists of images of the Coos Bay area of the Oregon coast, c. 1910-1920.

Physical Characteristics and Technical Requirements note

Collection includes nitrate photographs.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Mrs. John Hawthorne (Emma Bell) Stadden of Seattle, circa 1962.

Related Archival Materials note

The Stadden Family papers (Ax 200) consist of 158 letters and several pocket journals, dating from 1864-1923. The Stadden and Hawthorne families were from Sunnyside, Virginia. The letters concern John Hawthorne Stadden, Julian Stadden, and George Stadden. The journals document several trips to the Mount Rainier area, 1902-1905.

Three Stadden images exist in the Print Collection (PH 035): PH035-3495 Crowd of people on street corner in Coos Bay or North Bend, Oregon, circa 1918; PH035-4480 Liberty Loan Celebration. Kruse & Banks Shipyard, North Bend, Oregon, April 6, 1918; PH-035-4481 Liberty Loan Celebration. Buener Mill, North Bend, Oregon, April 6, 1918.

General Physical Description note

12 containers, including 186 photographs

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Megan Dazey, 2006.

Guide to the Stadden Photographic Studio 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