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Emil Kopac photographs

 Collection — Photo Box: 1
Identifier: PH 200_043

Scope and Contents

The collection consists of 52 images taken from 1928-1939 documneting a trip from Nebraska west following the Oregon Trail. Subjects include Oregon, Idaho, Wyoming, Nebraska, South Dakota, Montana, Snake River, Bear River, Columbia River, Deschutes River, North Platte River, Green River, Wallowa Lake, Celilo Falls, Willamette Falls, Teapot Rock WY, Mitchell Pass, Scotts Bluff, Split Rock, The Devil’s Gate, The Fiery Narrows, Black Hills SD, Bad Lands SD, Gallatin Valley MT, Fort Laramie, Grande Ronde Valley, Lewis and Clark trail end, Boy Scouts Covered Wagon Centennial.


  • 1928-1939


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public. Collection must be used in Special Collections and University Archives Reading Room. Collection or parts of collection may be stored offsite. Please contact Special Collections and University Archives in advance of your visit to allow for transportation time.

Conditions Governing Use note

Property rights reside with Special Collections and 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 and University Archives. The reader must also obtain permission of the copyright holder.


0.25 linear feet (1 container (1 photo box))

Language of Materials



Emil Kopac (1886-1970) and his brother Ed traveled west in 1916-1917, and photographed the Oregon Trail 1928-1936. Ed lived in Montana where he ranched and ran a photo studio. Emil farmed in South Dakota and Nebraska. The collection consists of 52 images taken during the 1930s. The Montana Historical Society holds the Kopac negatives.

Related Archival Materials note

These images were originally part of the Print Collection.

General Physical Description note

1 container, including 52 photographs

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer. Revised by Emily Haskins.

Guide to the Emil Kopac Photographs
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer. Revised by Emily Haskins
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Describing Archives: A Content Standard
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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