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June D. Drake and Drake Brothers photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: PH 031

Scope and Contents note

This collection consists of 28 vintage silver prints on studio mounts, most of which bear a variation of the Drake Bros. imprint. The images are not labeled and are undated, but are believed to be c.1905-1915. One series shows construction of a downtown railroad line.


  • Creation: 1904-1925


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

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

Conditions Governing Use note

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Biographical/Historical note

June D. Drake was born in 1880 in Marquam, Oregon. In 1904 he married another Silverton resident, Eleanor Schoenfield. The couple had two children, Charles and Ardith. Drake was an active participant in the community, serving in several positions in city government. In 1904, Drake and his brother, Emory, established the Drake Bros. Studio, buying out the business of William L. Jones. Emory left the partnership in 1908; the same year the studio burned and many negatives were lost. June Drake built another studio in 1911.

Drake's photography documenting the spectacular Silver Falls was an important element in establishing a state park, but he also created publications advertising the beauty of the area and built signs in the area. His work was instrumental in protecting the Silver Falls area from logging and convincing legislators to create a state park, on April 2, 1931. Drake's name still appears on landmarks in the area in recognition of his work.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



June D. Drake was a commercial photographer in Silverton, Oregon, from 1904-1960. He used his photographs of Silver Falls in an active and successful campaign to establish Silver Falls State Park in 1931. The collection consists of 28 vintage prints in studio mounts, documenting landscape and events in the Silverton area. One series shows railroad construction.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Purchased from a dealer in 1982.

Related Archival Materials note

The primary collection of June D. Drake images is held by the Oregon Historical Society, Org. Lot 678.

General Physical Description note

1 container, including 28 photographic prints

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer, October 2004.

This finding aid may be updated periodically to account for new acquisitions to the collection and/or revisions in arrangement and description.

Guide to the June D. Drake and Drake Brothers photographs
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Normandy Helmer
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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