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Mark Bailey photograph collection

Identifier: PH 394

Content Description

The Mark Bailey photograph collection consists of three photographic documentary series taken during 1974-1980. The collection is arranged in three series by location: Junction City, Oregon, “Luckey’s Club Cigar” of Eugene, Oregon, and Valsetz, Oregon.

The subject matter of the prints includes candid portraits of individuals from the farming and lumber town communities of Junction City and Valsetz, Oregon. Portraits feature local residents, loggers, farmers, laborers, women, youth, and business owners. Additional subject matter for these locations includes rural landscapes, farmlife, lumberyard, local dwellings, and buildings. Photographs of Luckey’s Club Cigar of Eugene, Oregon feature candid portraits of bar patrons as well as documentary photographs of the business’s beer bar, pool hall, card room, barbershop, and shoeshine. One photo in the series depicts the demolition of the building.

There are 139 original black and white silver gelatin prints that vary in size and are mounted on 13 x 15” boards with window mats. The materials are housed in 4 flat boxes measuring 19 x 15” and arranged in their original order established by the photographer.


  • 1974-1980


Conditions Governing Access

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

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.

Biographical / Historical

Mark Bailey was born in 1949 in Iowa City, Iowa and grew up in California. He attended the University of Oregon from 1968-1972 and completed a secondary degree at the university during 1976-1978, receiving a Bachelor of Fine Arts in photography in 1979. Bailey studied architecture, fine arts, and graphic design while receiving mentorship from design theorist David Foster and photographer Bernard Freemesser. His father was a ceramics professor in California.

He worked as a contractor and woodworker, residing in Portland, Oregon for thirty-five years. Since 2014, he has lived on the northern Oregon Coast. As an Oregon photographer, Bailey’s interest in documentary photography led to the completion of three documentary projects undertaken between 1974-1980. During this time he focused on capturing the people and places of Junction City, Oregon, “Luckey’s Club Cigar” of Eugene, Oregon, and Valsetz, Oregon.

Bailey’s work has been featured in a number of Oregon publications, such as The Oregonian, Oregonian Northwest Magazine, and Willamette Week. In addition to being featured in the Oregon Committee for the Humanities’ history project for Valsetz, Oregon, his work has also been acknowledged by the Oregon Arts Commission and is in the permanent collections of the Oregon State Capitol.

Source: Bailey, Mark. 2018. “Bid of Intentions.” Correspondence with the University of Oregon’s Special Collections and University Archives.


4.8 linear feet (4 containers) : 4 (19"x15") flat boxes

Language of Materials



Mark Bailey is an Oregon photographer and graduate of the University of Oregon, 1979, with a BFA in photography. The collection (1974-1980) contains three photo documentaries capturing the people and places of Junction City, Oregon, “Luckey’s Club Cigar” of Eugene, Oregon, and Valsetz, Oregon.


The Mark Bailey photographs are arranged in three series:

Series 1. Junction City, Oregon, 1974-1975 Series 2. “Luckey's Club Cigar” of Eugene, Oregon, 1974 Series 3. Valsetz, Oregon, 1976-1980

This collection is arranged in its original order, as provided by the photographer. The photographer has arranged the collection by location with date ranges provided for each series.

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Repository Details

Part of the University of Oregon Libraries, Special Collections and University Archives Repository

1299 University of Oregon
Eugene OR 97403-1299 USA