Historic Photos

OPB | Dec. 27, 2007 12:30 p.m.

Travel to the past through the massive historic photo collection at the University of Oregon’s Knight Library. There are about 500,000 images in the collection, 40,000 of which are glass-plate negatives. Thanks to today’s computer processors, the crisply clear glass plates can be scanned and blown up 400-500 percent, revealing astonishing details. We’ll have a look at Pioneer Square circa 1910, inside a schoolroom in 1905, and more.

First Broadcast: 2005
Producer: Jim Newman

More Information
Project Intersect
  • See the diary and photographs of Opal Whiteley, a girl growing up at the turn of the 20th century, at Project Intersect, a program of the University of Oregon.
  • Online: None
University of Oregon Special Collections
  • Explore an archive of historical photographs.
  • Online: None

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