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Mount St. Helens photographs

 Collection — Box: 1
Identifier: PH 319

Scope and Contents note

This collection contains 146 color photographs from the May 18, 1980 eruption. Most of the photographs are from a helicopter or airplane near the summit of the mountain.


  • Creation: 1980

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

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

Mount St. Helens is part of the Cascade Mountain Range, located in Washington State. The mountain had a major eruption on May 18, 1980. 57 people were killed, and 200 homes, 47 bridges, 15 miles of railways and 185 miles of highways were destroyed. The eruption reduced Mt. St. Helen's summit from 9,677 ft. to 8,364 ft.


1.5 linear feet (1 container)

Language of Materials



The collection consists of 146 color photographs of the eruption of Mount St. Helens in Washington State on May 18, 1980. Most photographs are from a helicopter or airplane near the summit of the mountain.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Gift of Tom Robinson in 2004.

General Physical Description note

1 container, including 146 photographic prints

Processing Information note

Collection processed by Megan Dazey.

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 Mount St. Helens photographs
Complete Description
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