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James Cloutier photographs

Identifier: PH 263

Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of contact prints, mounted photographs and negatives of approximately 70 images used in the illustration of Cloutier's 1977 book, The Alpine Tavern. The collection also contains a copy of the book and two audio tape interviews relating to Cloutier's work in Alpine, Oregon.


  • 1977-1977


Conditions Governing Access note

Collection is open to the public.

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

Collection includes sound recordings or moving images to which access is restricted. Access to these materials is governed by repository policy and may require the production of listening or viewing copies. Researchers requiring access must notify Special Collections & University Archives in advance and pay fees for reproduction services as necessary.

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.

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

James Cloutier was born in Portland, Oregon and enrolled at the University of Oregon in 1958 on a baseball scholarship. Cloutier studied art and served as student body vice-president during his senior year. After graduation, he joined the Peace Corps and travelled though Kenya. Upon his return from Kenya, Cloutier returned to the University of Oregon to pursue his Master of Fine Arts degree.

He learned to print photographs in order to reduce exhibition costs and quickly developed a love of photography. He actively pursued an education in photography through the School of Journalism, as photography was not part of the M.F.A. program at that time. Cloutier and one fellow student became the first graduates of the art department to earn an M.F.A. in photography. The work for his master's mhesis, a photo essay on Alpine, Oregon, became the content for his 1977 book, The Alpine Tavern, published by his newly formed Image West Press. This work makes up the bulk of the University of Oregon Libraries collection of Cloutier's photographs.

Cloutier published books and greeting cards of his cartoons and photographs though Image West Press, before securing local notoriety though the publication of the first Poster Map of Eugene, Oregon in 1985. 75 local businesses paid to be a part of the the map, which sold out due to it's popularity. In 2004 Cloutier published an Poster Map of Eugene with over 300 local businesses taking part. He continues to live in Eugene.


3 linear feet (5 containers)

Language of Materials



American photographer and graphic artist James Cloutier published a photo essay on Alpine, Oregon in 1977 and a poster map of Eugene, Oregon in 1985. Collection includes contact prints, mounted photographs, and negatives of approximately 70 images used in the illustration of Cloutier's book The Alpine Tavern, about Alpine, Or.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of James Cloutier in 2002.

Existence and Location of Copies note

Selected items in this collection are available online in the James Cloutier photographs in Oregon Digital.

Existence and Location of Copies

Selected items are available online in the James Cloutier photographs, 1977 in Oregon Digital.

General Physical Description note

5 containers

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Normandy S. Helmer.

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 James Cloutier Photographs
Complete Description
Finding aid prepared by Normandy Helmer
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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