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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 man sits at a desk at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. He is looking downward towards a typewriter, with papers visible on the desk. Other people can be seen sitting in the background, including a woman in front of a sink (negative 1 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

Nurses for WPA project

Two nurses sit in a room at the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. The photograph looks through an open doorway, where the two nurses sit around a table. They are wearing uniforms with hats (negative 11 of 11).

Monner, Al (Alfred Anthony), 1909-1998

WPA at work in Elks Temple Building

Women sit at tables in the Elks Temple Building (at 11th and Alder streets) as part of the WPA (Works Progress Administration) project. They are each looking downward at a stack of papers. Behind the group is a carved wood object with decorative columns and a pediment, with “Charity” carved into the top (negative 2 of 11).

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

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