Guide to the John P. Henderson Photograph Collection 1936-1990
PC 171

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Creator
Henderson, John P.
Title
John P. Henderson Photograph Collection
ID
PC 171
Date [inclusive]
1936-1990
Extent
731.0 images
General Physical Description note
.5 linear feet of shelf space
Language
English
Abstract
Photographs, primarily taken in the 1960s and 1970s, documenting the railways of eastern Washington and northern Idaho. Included are the Nez Perce Railroad, Camas Prairie Railroad, and the Walla Walla Valley Railway.

Preferred Citation note

[Item Description] John P. Henderson Photograph Collection, 1936-1990

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

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Biographical/Historical note

John P. Henderson, 1945-2007, was a school teacher with a degree in Music from the University of Idaho. A railway buff, he traveled the northwest researching and photographing railways of the past and present. In the years prior to his death he broke up and sold off his collected photographs.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of photographs documenting the rail lines, the trains, and the buildings and equipment of several northern Idaho and eastern Washington rail companies, notably the Nez Perce Railroad, Camas Prairie Railroad, and the Walla Walla Valley Railway. The Nez Perce & Idaho and the Nez Perce and Pomeroy are also included, though to a lesser extent. The majority of the photographs are black and white negatives dating from the 1960s and 1970s. Where the images are in color, or in other formats (some slides are included), that is noted in the folder descriptions.

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Arrangement note

The collection is organized into series based on the various rail systems, with full series going to the Nez Perce Railroad, Camas Prairie Railroad, and the Walla Walla Valley Railway. A few other rail lines have individual folders. Within those series, items are organized by subject and then by format. Within each folder, items can have a chronological arrangement, a subject arrangement, or no apparent arrangement (original order), depending on the materials.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries © 2018

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 apply.

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The collection was acquired in August, 2011 from Marc Entze of Hunlock Creek, PA, and retained as UPC-1103. Mr. Entze had been personal friends with John Henderson; he and a friend, Jim B. Davis, had been gifted many of these materials (the Walla Walla Valley Ry. materials and portions of the Nez Perce Ry. materials) by Henderson. The remainder they purchased after someone else had inherited Mr. Henderson’s photographs and put them up for sale.

Processing Information note

Photographs were rehoused in 2017 in protective sleeves by student James Feller, who then photocopied the identifying information on the original envelopes onto archival paper and placed that in the sleeves with the images. The collection was then processed in February, 2018 by University Archivist Mark O’English.

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Related Materials

Separated Materials note

Several documents which came in as part of the purchase were individually cataloged: Camas Prairie Employee Timetable, 1910; Northern Pacific Employee Timetable, Pasco Div., 1913; Northern Pacific Employee Timetable, Idaho Div., 1914. However, these had been acquired independently of the photographs, and are not directly related. A blank single-sheet Walla Walla Railway Company Freight Conductor’s Train Report was moved to MASC’s Historical Ephemera collection.

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Railroads
  • Railroads--Idaho--Photographs
  • Railroads--Washington (State), Eastern-Photographs
  • Washington (State)

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Collection Inventory

Series 1: Camas Prairie Railroad 

Folder

Cabooses, 1967-1972. 2 negatives. 

1

Clearwater River, 1967-1968. 12 negatives. 

2

Clearwater River (?), 1968. 5 positives. 

3

Cranes & cabooses, 1966. 4 positives. 

4

Derailment, BN #1702, 1975. 1 positive. 

5

Gas electrics, 1947-1950. 2 negatives. 

6

Grangeville local, 1967-1968. 36 negatives. 

7

Grangeville local, 1967. 3 positives. 

8

Jaype, Lyons Ferry, Orofino, 1987. 8 color slides. 

9

Lewiston, 1966-1979. 9 negatives. 

10

Lewiston terminal, 1966. 7 positives. 

11

Lewiston, historical, 1910. 1 negative. 

12

Locomotives, 1967. 5 positives. 

13

Locomotives, Union Pacific, 1967-1979. 24 negatives. 

14

Plows, 1972-1979. 3 negatives. 

15

Plows, rotary, 1967-1979. 9 negatives. 

16

Speeders, 1967-1979. 13 negatives. 

17

Structures, 1946-1988. 8 negatives. 

18

Trestle collapse, May 6, 1967. 4 negatives. 

19

Union Pacific #246, #250, undated. 7 positives. 

20

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Folder

Camino, Placerville and Lake Tahoe Railroad (CA), 1972. 2 negatives. 

21

Series 2: Nez Perce Railroad 

Folder

2-6-2 Prairie #4. Inc. Wisconsin images of restoration as #9., 1947-1970. 10 positives. 

22

Action, 1979. 62 negatives. 

23

Action, 1968. 58 negatives. 

24

Action, 1984. 4 negatives. 

25

Line and equipment conditions, 1967. 38 positives. 

26

Miscellaneous, 1964-1965. 13 negatives. 

27

Miscellaneous, 1966. 21 negatives. 

28

Miscellaneous, Jan., 1967. 38 negatives. 

29

Miscellaneous, Jan., 1967. 10 color negatives. 

30

Miscellaneous, Jan., 1967. 25 slides. 

31

Miscellaneous, Jan., 1967. 14 color slides. 

32

Miscellaneous, May-June, 1967. 21 negatives. 

33

Miscellaneous, 1968. 15 negatives. 

34

Miscellaneous, 1972. 11 negatives. 

35

Nezperce, ID, 1967. 10 color positives. 

36

Plymouths #11, #12, 1952-1960. 8 positives. 

37

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Folder

Nez Perce & Idaho Railroad, 1939-1949. 12 negatives. 

38

Nez Perce & Pomeroy Railroad, 1988. 17 negatives. 

39

Nez Perce & Pomeroy Railroad, 1990. 40 negatives. 

40

Series 3: Walla Walla Valley Railway 

Folder

#770, 1967-1968. 57 negatives. 

41

#770, 1967. 40 positives. 

42

#770, 1967. 18 positives. 

43

Engine house, #770, 1966. 8 positives. 

44

Images by Harold A. Hill, 1936-1946. 13 negatives. 

45

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Folder

Zidell Exploration Ltd. (OR), 1972. 3 negatives. 

46