Guide to the Archie E. Irwin Photographs and Glass Negatives of Elberton, WA circa 1900s-1950s
PC 119

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Irwin, Archie E., 1882-1962.
Title
Archie E. Irwin Photographs and Glass Negatives of Elberton, WA
ID
PC 119
Date [inclusive]
circa 1900s-1950s
Extent
426.0 items
General Physical Description note
3 Linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
426 photographs taken between 1900 and 1950 of family and locales in and around Elberton, Washington.

Preferred Citation note

[Item description] Archie E. Irwin Photographs and Glass Negatives of Elberton, WA, circa 1900s-1950s (PC 119)

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Biographical/Historical note

Archie E. Irwin (1882-1962) was a Whitman County native and amateur photographer who was employed variously as a surveyor, flour miller, carpenter, cement mason, and grain warehouseman. An article in Pacific Northwest Quarterly 69:4 (Oct. 1978, page 169-173) provides slightly more biographical information and some data about the photographs. While the collection is over 400 images, that article notes his collection as "over 100 glass negatives," so it is unclear if all the photographs acquired by MASC in 1988 are Archie Irwin's, or if some come from other sources.

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Scope and Contents note

426 glass plate negatives and photographic prints, primarily taken between 1900 and 1950, in and around Elberton, Washington. The collection seems to be equally split among family portraits and other materials. Less than one quarter of the images are identified, and none appear to be dated.

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Arrangement note

The materials appear to be retained in their original order, but there appears to be no discernible reasoning behind that ordering. In general, the closer to the front of an item is, the more likely it is to have some identification. Box 1 is photographs mounted on backings. Boxes 2-3 are glass negatives, negatives, and prints; it appears that preservation prints were made at MASC from most of the glass negatives in the late 1990s, and those are filed with those negatives. Box 4 is a folder containing two oversized items.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2016

https://libraries.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Conditions Governing Access note

This collection is open and available for research use.

Conditions Governing Use note

Copyright restrictions may apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC) purchased this collection on May 7, 1988 from Larry L. Irwin of Monroe, WA. It was retained as MS1988-17.

Processing Information note

The original intent was to separate the images from other materials, but an initial uncompleted processing (circa the late 1990s) kept the materials as one collection, PC 119. In 2016, the non-photographic images were removed and refiled under their original MS1988-17 designation. Materials were individually sleeved during processing. Note that when this was originally organized with the non-photo materials, those were folders 1-27. Rather than renumber everything, the collection was simply left missing numbers 1-27, and so is numbered from 28 to 453.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

One box of non-photographic materials were separated out and retained as MS1988-17.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Elberton (Wash.) -- Photographs.

Personal Name(s)

  • Irwin, Archie E., 1882-1962 -- Archives

Subject(s)

  • Photographs
  • Washington (State)

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