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Al Monner news negatives

  • Org. Lot 1284
  • Collection
  • 1936-1974

The vast majority of this collection is made up of negatives created by Al Monner for the Oregon Journal. A small number of negatives were likely created by fellow Journal photographer Ralph Vincent, also for the Oregon Journal. While it's likely that almost all the negatives in this collection were created as part of Monner's work for the Journal, some images may also be his personal work. Most of the negatives are black and white, with a handful of color images taken in the 1950s and 1960s. A small selection of images from 1936 to 1938 were likely taken during Monner's time at the Oregonian newspaper. Large-format negatives from 1936 to 1959 have been processed and inventoried, while 35mm film from 1959 to 1974 remains unprocessed.

The photographs highlight over 30 years of current events in and around the Portland area, with a smaller number taken elsewhere in the state. Yearly events, such as the Portland Rose Festival and the Pendleton Round-Up, are featured prominently. A substantial number of images from the 1940s show Portland war efforts during World War II, featuring photographs of shipyards, soldiers, and rationing efforts at home. A small number of photographs also show early incarceration of Japanese Americans. Monner also frequently photographed dam-building efforts on the Columbia River at Celilo Village, The Dalles, and Bonneville.

Also included are photographs of accident scenes, fires, explosions, new building projects, sporting events, contest winners, and important national figures visiting the Portland area. Taken together, the collection displays the breadth of Monner's work as a photojournalist, covering the everyday to the exciting.

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

WPA at work in Elks Temple Building

A woman at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. She is holding bolts of cloth and standing in a small room lined with shelves filled with more cloth (negative 3 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

People sewing at Elks Temple Building for WPA project

Women sewing at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. A large room is filled with long tables, which hold sewing machines and cloth (negative 4 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

People weaving at Elks Temple Building for WPA project

Seated women weaving at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. The women look downward and hold tools, with piles of rag strips next to them. Decorative hangings (rugs?) can be seen on the walls (negative 5 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

WPA at work in Elks Temple Building

People stand in a decorative room at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. Folding cases appear to be at the back of the room, along with a shelf of plates. One man is wearing a long cloak and hat, while another what appears to be a military uniform (part of a play?). Crystal Chandeliers hang from the ceiling (negative 6 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Woman painting as part of WPA project

A seated woman paints at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. She is holding a brush and leaning towards a framed painting, which is resting on a carved wooden stand (negative 7 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Women sewing for WPA project

Women sewing at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. Each women is seated in front of a sewing machine, which they are using to sew cloth (negative 8 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Clothing bundles for WPA project

Women stand at a table holding bundles of shirts at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. Different styles of shirts are tied in bundles and stacked on the wooden table (negative 9 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand around a train laying on its side. Behind the engine, several other train cars can be seen. One man stands on top of the train, while several others can be seen in front (negative 1 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand amid the wreckage of a train. Debris, dirt, and ash can be seen on the ground. Behind the group, twisted metal debris and smoke is visible throughout the frame (negative 12 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

A group of people carry something covered in a tarp. Behind them, a train engine and other debris can be seen strewn across the ground. In the background, another group stands next to a crane and more debris (negative 18 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand around the wreck of a railroad train. Two men can be seen on top of the wreckage, pointing. Smoke is drifting throughout the frame (negative 2 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand along tracks, next to the wreckage of train. Two men stand on the tracks, while others can be seen in the background. Another man stands on top of a train car. Smoke is drifting throughout the frame (negative 3 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand along tracks, next to the wreckage of a train. Another train can be seen on the tracks. Smoke is drifting throughout the frame, with trees and hills visible in the distance (negative 4 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Train wreck

People stand amid the wreckage of a train. Two men can be seen in the foreground, with a crane. Smoke is drifting throughout the frame (negative 5 of 18).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

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