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Historic Photos


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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Part of Episode

Ocean Circulation; Historic Photos; Hobie Cats

Oregon Field Guide: Episode #1707
Original Broadcast: December 27, 2007