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Wildey R. Davis
Photographs, 1905-1968


W. R. Davis home

The Wildey R. Davis photographs were donated to the Washington State University Libraries on February 28, 1979 by Florence Moyer (79-07). The scrapbooks were initially arranged and described by David Smestad in April, 1979. Processing and arrangement of contact prints was completed by Robert Arnett in January, 1981.

Number of Containers: 3
Linear Feet of shelf Space: 2
Approximate Number of Items: 4200

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCH

The Davis photographs, principally mounted in scrapbooks, chronologically begin with scenes of family, friends and the Portland, Oregon, area in 1905. At various times Davis was a building contractor, equipment supervisor at the Multnomah Athletic Club, and a shipyard worker during World War II. Judging from the extensive imagery, Davis was an amateur photographer who recorded the family travels through the Northwest, California, and Wyoming in the 'teens and early twenties and a trip through the Southwest and to the West Coast in 1927. In December 1933 the Davis began a world tour via the "Kodak Route" - Japan, Southeast Asia, India, the Middle East, London, New York, Cuba, Panama, and return through California in March 1934. In 1938 they traveled to Mexico, California, and Texas.

Pictured is Davis' wife Anna and her brother, William Z. Foster. Another member of the family is Davis' nephew and namesake, Wildey "Bud" Kimball of Steilacoom, presently a well-known aerial photographer.

ARRANGEMENT AND DESCRIPTION

The Davis photograph collection consists of approximately 2600 photographs and post cards (approximately 75% taken by Davis) in seven albums. Approximately 1700 contact prints were made of all the nitrate negatives. Safety negatives of the prints in album #5 were retained in the collection.

The earliest photographs appear to be in album #7, where the first photograph, dated 1905, is of Davis and a group of men at a campsite. The other photographs, undated, except a 1904 commercial photograph of Mt. St. Helens, were taken by Davis and are of the Portland, and Vancouver area, the San Francisco earthquake, family homes, and Wisconsin. Album #6 is a collection of scenic post cards that the Davises bought on their trips. Albums #1-5 consist of photographs of their trips within the United States, Mexico, and Canada, and around the world. Album #1 begins in 1912 and the series continues through album #5 which ends in 1968.

The scrapbooks are arranged chronologically, each trip and groups of photographs are numbered, listed, and described as if by Davis. On the container list those photographs with the same subject and consecutive numbers are described as a group. The prints of the nitrate negatives are grouped according to scrapbook number and retained in numerical order.

CONTAINER LIST

Box Item   Description
 
Series 1: Albums.
 
Album #1, 1912-1915.
318 items. Photographs are arranged in chronological order and numbered in sequence. Photographs of Portland-Vancouver area, homes, friends, family.
 
1 inside cover Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Davis and others (Clara Foster, Herbert and Edward Kimball, Clara Fleming)
1-4 W. R. Davis home, Vancouver, Washington; group portrait - W. R. Davis and others (Ward, Roese, Self, Poage)
5-6 C. H. Kimball and family, 1912
7-8 Marquam Building razed, Vancouver, Washington, 1912
9-26 W. R. Davis home; Multnomah Club Building; group portraits - Davis family and others (Self, Ward), 1913
27-28 Portland, Oregon (bridges), 1913
29 Portland harbor, 1913
30-33 Group portraits - Kimball and Graff families
34-36 Davis and Poage residences, Vancouver
37-40 Multnomah Field, Portland
41-48 Davis family members and others (Gross, Self, Poage, Modrow, Emerich).
49-60 Ocean Park, Washington
61-64 Nahcotta, Washington
65-80 Ocean Park, Washington
81-82 Portland Union Depot
83-86 Portland City Park
87-90 Kimball kids
91-92 J. K. and W. R. Davis and others (Poage, Self)
93-97 Portland scenes
98-99 Davis residence, Vancouver
100-103 W. R. Davis, Kimballs
104 William Foster
105-106 Mr. and Mrs. J. K. Davis and others (Ward, Poage, Self)
107-113 Residences; people (Mrs. W. R. Davis, Hall, Kroesky, Sheeley, Kimball), 1914
115-116 Circus at Multnomah Field, 1914
117-118 Mr. and Mrs. Davis
119-122 Portland scenes
123-130 Track meet
unnumbered Davis friends: Poage, Kajikama, Robertson, O'Conner, Johnson, Laws, Moser, 1914. 11 prints
132-142 Rose Festival parade, 1914
143 Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Davis
144-148 Mr. and Mrs. Davis and others (Wisner, Poage, Self, Kimball, Walsh).
149-154 Ocean Park, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Davis and others (Malmsten, Narelius)
155-158 Davis residence
159-161 Kimballs, Davis, Reese, Jones, 1914
162-166 "Halls Ferry" Farm, Salem, Oregon
167 State Capitol, Salem, Oregon
168-169 Kimball kids
170-171 Wildey Kimball
172-173 Kimball kids
174-179 Oregon City, Oregon, 1915
180-181 Mr. and Mrs. Davis and others
unnumbered Portland scenes. 8 prints
182-185 Erty's ranch near Estacada, 1915
186-187 Portland harbor
188-189 Kimball kids including Wildey
190-211 Climbing trip on Mt. St. Helens, 1915
212-214 Liberty Bell on exhibit, Portland
215 Schneider
216-217 Ships on . Columbia River
218-223 Ocean Park, Washington; Mr. and Mrs. Davis
224-229 Ranches near Canby, Oregon, 1915
230-239 Climbing trip on Larch Mt.
240-241 Davis residence, Woodland, Washington, 1915
 
Album #2, 1916-1941.
596 items. Arranged in chronological order. Numbered in sequence except for break in order after 760. Photographs of Portland-Vancouver area, Mt. Hood, Mt. Adams, friends, Columbia River area, Mt. Rainier, trip through Wyoming, Utah and East Coast.
 
242-262 Portland scenes, 1916
263-265 Mt. Adams trip
266-289 Columbia River and area waterfalls (Multnomah, Horse- tail etc.)
290-297 W. R. Davis and others, 1918
298-303 Kimball kids including Wildey, 1918
304-308 Rural house, 1918
309-311 Kimball family including Wildey, 1919
312-314 Howie family, 1919
316-322 Mt. Hood, 1919
323 Anna Davis and others
324-329 Ship WEST SAGINAW, 1919
330-332 Kimball family including Wildey, 1919
333-335 W. R. Davis residence, 1919
336-341 lacking
342-343 Residence, 1921
344-345 Bridges over Sandy River, 1921
346-348 Camping (Tygh Valley, Gateway Basin), 1921
349-360 Crater Lake Park, 1921
361-367 Rogue River, 1921
368 McMinnville
369 Kimball kids including Wildey, 1921
370-391 Mt. Rainier Park, 1921
392-397 Columbia River Highway, 1922
398-400 J. K. and Anna Davis and others
401-407 Mt. Hood
408-409 Celilo Falls, 1922
410-413 Near Vancouver, B. C.
414-417 Seaside, Oregon, 1922
418-425 Group portraits - W. R. Davis, Kimballs and others
427-432 Portland bridges, flood, 1923
433 Shoshone River Dam, 1923
434 Snake River Canyon near Hansen, Idaho
435-436 Sheep herds near Burley, Idaho
437 Utah State Capitol building
439 Echo Canyon, Utah
440-442 Sherman Hill, Wyoming, 1923
445-446 Kansas
447-448 Missouri
449-452 Maryland
453-454 Philadelphia, Pa
455-462 Niagra Falls
463-466 Davis farm, Wisconsin
467-474 Group portraits - Minnesota, 1923
475-513 Yellowstone Park, 1923
514 Spokane
515-516 Near Dalles, Oregon, 1924
517-518 Pendleton, Oregon
519-522 Unidentified woman
523-524 Mt. Hood
525-526 Residence
527 Sandy River, 1925
528-530 Ship wreck, 1926
531-532 Ocean Park, Washington, 1926
533-541 Mt. Hood, Three Sisters, MacKenzie River
542 Nestucca Bay
543-544 Siskiyou Mts., 1927
545 Near Chico, California
546 Near Corvalis, Oregon
547 Near Chico, California, 1927 (Hooker Oak Tree)
548 McCloud River
549-555 California, 1927
556-602 Arizona, New Mexico, 1927
603 Nashville, Tennessee
604 Muscle Shoals Dam, Alabama
605-610 Florida
611-619 Virginia
620-622 Gettysburg, Pa.
623-627 Washington, D.C.
628-633 Virginia
635-639 Maryland, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts
640-641 Near Quebec, Canada
642-653 Davis family - Minnesota and Wisconsin
657-660 Mt. Hood, W. R. Davis and others, 1928
661-665 Davis home, group portraits, 1929
666-671 Mt. Hood, 1929
671-674 Residences, 1930
677-679 Odd Fellows picnic, 1930
680-689 Group portraits
690-691 T. J. Davis farm
692 St. Croix River, Wisconsin
693-695 Kellogg Creek flood, 1931
696-697 Davis residence
698-701 Mt. Hood
702-706 Group portrait - W. R. Davis and others
707-718 Mt. Hood, 1932
719-724 Group portraits
725-726 Mt. Hood
727-730 Mt. Rainier, Nisqually Glacier
731 Three Sisters Mts.
732-733 Government Camp, Mt. Hood, 1933
734-736 Cemetery
737-740 Unidentified woman
741-742 Fossil beds
743 Weiser Valley, Idaho
744 Steen's Mts.
745-748 Crater Lake
749 Savage Dam, Rogue River
750-751 Davis residence
752-754 Rogue River
755-756 Three Sisters Mts.
757-760 U.S.S. Constitution
unnumbered Group portraits. 16 prints.
 
Numbered sequence continues differently than preceding
 
456-461 Dog, cat and flowers, 1937
462-471 Mr. and Mrs. W. R. Davis and others.
483-489 Davis residence, car and trailer, 1938-1939
500-507 Two children playing on lawn, 1939
762-764 Group portraits
543-546 Cemetery Plot, 1940
581-586 Residence, 1941
 
Album #3, 1933-1934.
735 items. Photographs of world tour. Arranged in chronological order and numbered in sequence, according to travel itinerary which is included with the album.
-Leaving Portland, at sea
-Japan (Kamakura, Yokahama, Tokyo, Nikko, Kyoto, Nara, Kobe)
-China (Peiping, Nanking, Great Wall, Summer Palace, Shanghai, Whang Po River)
-Hong Kong
-Philippines (Manilla)
-Bali
-Java (Djokjacarta, Merapi volcano in eruption, Batavia)
-Singapore
-Kuala Lumpur
-Penang, Malaysia
-Rangoon
-India (Darjeeling, Himalayas, Calcutta, Benares, Delhi, Taj Mahal, Agra, Bombay)
-Aden (Port Said)
-Egypt (Cairo, Nile River, Pyramids, Suez Canal)
-Palestine (Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Dead Sea, Nazareth, Tiberias)
-Port Said
-Genoa, Italy
-Algiers
-Gibraltar
-London
-New York (Statue of Liberty)
-Havana, Cuba
-Panama Canal
-California (San Francisco, Redwoods)
 
Album #4, 1935-1941.
550 items. Photographs taken on various trips in the U.S., Canada, and Mexico. Arranged in chronological order and listed in order of appearance.
 
-Trip to Prince George, B. C. and back through Washington (Mt. Rainier, Fraser River, Indian burial grounds etc.) 1935
-Mexican trip, 1938. California, Texas (The Alamo, Loredo, Langtry), Mexico (Sierra Madre Mts., Mexico City, Teotihuacan, Guadalupe, Taxco, Puebla, Monterrey), New Mexico (Alamagorda Valley, Carlsbad Caverns, Coolidge Dam), Arizona, Nevada (Boulder Dam), Death Valley
-Willamette Falls, 1939
-Depot Bay, Oregon, 1939
-Columbia River
-Dry Falls
-Bonneville Dam
-Maryhill
-Mt. Hood
-Wisconsin trip, 1939. Yellowstone Park, Absaroka Mts., Shoeshone Dam, Devil's Tower, Mt. Rushmore, Windcave Park, Badlands, Salt Lake City, Golden Gate Ex- position, Redwoods, Mt. St. Helens.
-Los Angeles trip, 1940. Shasta Dam construction, Yosemite Park, Sequoia Park
-Canada trip, 1941. ]Banff Park, Jasper Park, Manitoba, Minnesota, Wisconsin, Washington D. C., Virginia, Florida (St. Augustine, Everglades)
 
Album #5, 1941-1958, 1947-1968.
509 items. Arranged and numbered in chronological order in two separate sequences. The first sequence, '41-'58, is photographs of home, family, friends in California. The second, '47-'68, is photographs of Oregon, California, Wyoming, New Mexico, Hawaii.
 
Sequence 1:
619-636    Group portraits - Mr., Mrs. W R. Davis and others (taken in Wisconsin, Michigan and Maine), 1941
656-661    Davis' new home, 1942
666-672    Moyer family, 1943
673-690    Annie and W. R. Davis and home, 1946,
730-736    Davis home, 1949-1949
737-738    Annie and W. R. Davis and Zilk family, 1949
785-805    Davis home, 1950-1951
814-815    Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Kimball and Moyer families, 1952.
816-822    Mabel Kimball cemetery plot, 1952
823-855    Mr. and Mrs. Davis in California, 1953 (no 854, Bud Kimball)
856-871    New Davis home, Tustin, California, 1954-1955
872-921    Mr. and Mrs. Davis and others, California, 1955-1958
Sequence 2:
691-694    Ocean beach, shipwreck, 1947
695-698    Mt. Hood, Yocum Creek, 1947
700-702    Crater Lake area, 1947
704-709    Columbia River flood, Bonneville Dam, 1948
710-724    Portland flood, 1948
725-727    Grand Coulee Dam, 1948
728    Palouse hills, 1948
729    Lewiston Grade, 1948
740    Shasta Lake, 1949
741-743    Ensenada, Mexico, 1949
744-776    Zion Park,- Bryce Canyon, Yellowstone Park, Tetons, Glacier Park, 1949
781-783    Deschutes River, 1949
784-803    McKenzie River area, Mr. Hood, Oregon Lava formations, 1949-1951
835-848    California, 1953
924-952    Hawaii, 1959
955-965    Mr. and Mrs. Davis, Kimballs
966-1013    Trip to Nevada, Colorado (Pike's Peak), Mt. Rushmore, Arizona, Utah, New Mexico, 1961
1014-1021    San Diego, 1962
1021-1029    Mrs. Ashcraft, color photos of residence and flowers, 1962
1030-1033    Mendenall Glacier, Alaska, 1962
1034-1035    Mt. Rainier
1036-1039    Whitman Mission, 1962
1040-1045    Mr. and Mrs. Davis, flowers, 1963
1046-1052    'Annie Davis' grave, 1963
1053    Kimballs, 1963
1054-1066    Davis residence
1062-1083    W. R. Davis and others, 1965-1968
 
Album #6, 1933-1934 world tour.
Post card and commercial photographs bought during world tour.
 
2 -China (Peiping, Temple of Heaven, Forbidden City, Winter Palace, Ming Tombs, Great Wall, etc.)
-Kuala Lumpur, Penang, Egypt, Palestine (Jerusalem, Dead sea, Wailing Wall, Nazareth)
-London
-Havana, Cuba
 
Album #7, ca. 1905.
156 items. Photographs taken mostly by Davis. Listed in order of appearance. Photographs of Portland-Vancouver area, San Francisco earthquake, homes, Wisconsin.
 
-Group portrait - baggage room employees, Union Station, Portland, Oregon, including W. R. Davis
-Dry docks, Vancouver, Washington and Portland Oregon
-Oregon forests
-Sheep herders
-Lakeview and Prineville, Oregon
-Columbia River steamer "Dalles City"
-Spokane
-Country school scenes
-Boats and steamers on Willamette River
-Vancouver barracks, Vancouver, Washington
-Houses
-San Francisco earthquake
-Columbia River
-Mt. St. Helens
-Mt. Adams
-School for deaf and mute, Vancouver, Washington
-Unidentified groups
-Threshing machine
-Houses, schools
-Wisconsin photos (St. Croix River)
 
Series 2: Contact Prints.
1700 items. Prints from negatives of the first six albums, arranged according to the album. There are two sizes, with separate numbering systems. The size is listed with the first folder in each sequence.
 
3 Album 1
1    1-4, 7-50 [3 1/2 x 6]
2    51-54, 57, 59, 60-74, 77-100
3    101-150
4    151-200
5    201-214, 216-241
Album 2
6    242-252, 254-278, 280-300
7    301-311, 315-335, 342-350
8    351-400
9    401-418, 420-450
10    451-467, 469, 472-473, 475-500
11    501-550
12    551-600
13    601-650
14    651-700
15    700 1/2-736, 741-750
16    751-764
17    455-456, 458-471, 483, 485-491, 501-507. 543-546, 561-563
Album 3
18    2-46 [3 1/2 x 6]
19    1-59 [2 1/2 x 3 1/2]
20    60-100
21    101-179
22    189-259
23    260-329
24    330-399
25    400-437
Album 4
26    1-50
27    51-100
28    101-174
29    438-454
30    472-529
31    530-599
32    600-654
Album 5
33    619-622, 627-628, 631-636, 655-700
Album 6
34   16-18
 
Series 3: Negatives.
Safety negatives of the prints in album #5. 400 items.
 
Series 4: Itinerary and Clippings Itinerary.
Prepared by American Express for the Davis' world tour. Newspaper clippings about world tour. 4 items.