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Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington

Negative of a photographic postcard showing an aerial view of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Water rushes out of the spillway gates, also known as floodgates, of the dam. View looks east past the dam and up the river. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Dam - Oregon - Washington. Christian 11-625." Number printed in bottom right corner: 112189

Christian (Photographer)

Multiple Dwellings McNary Dam

Negative of a photographic postcard showing a row of several residential buildings at the McNary Dam. The McNary Dam is located on the Columbia River between Umatilla County, Oregon and Benton County, Washington. Handwriting on negative reads, "Multiple Dwellings McNary Dam. Christian 11-973."

Christian (Photographer)

Bonneville Dam

View of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the shore of the Columbia River and looking east at water rushing out of the dam's spillways, also known as floodgates. Handwriting on the print reads, "Bonneville Dam - Columbia River Highway. D-107 Cross & Dimmitt." Stamp on the back of the print for Angelus Commercial Studios.

Cross & Dimmitt (Portland, Or.)

Construction of the Bonneville Dam

Photograph of a construction area located between the spillway of the Bonneville Dam and several railroad tracks. The Columbia River flows around the construction site and through the open spillways of the dam. There are 2 stamps on the back of the print. One is for Photo-Art Commercial Studios and the other for West Coast Engraving Co.

Photo-Art Commercial Studios (Portland, Or.)

Contractor's Special to McNary Dam

Photograph of a group of people wearing hard hats outside a building at McNary Dam on the Columbia River. Behind them is an SP&S Empire Builder train. The train is at the base of a bluff. Handwriting on the back of the print reads, "Contractors special to McNary Dam. Thursday, June 3, 1954."

Spillways at Bonneville Dam

Photograph of water rushing out of the spillways of the Bonneville Dam in the Columbia River Gorge. Taken from the Washington side of the dam. A person leans over a railing on the lower right, watching the scene. A cloud of mist rises from the water. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Restricted Photograph: Do not reproduce without written license agreement, Photo-Art Commercial Studios."

Photo-Art Commercial Studios (Portland, Or.)

Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Bonneville power plant at the Bonneville Dam. The road leading to the plant is lined with flowers and a body of water is to the right. There are several power lines in the sky, transmitting electricity from the plant. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Power Plant. Columbia River Highway, Oregon. Christian 507."

Christian (Photographer)

Bonneville Dam - Fish Ladder

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the Bonneville Dam and a fish ladder in the foreground. Water rushes through the open spillway gates, also known as floodgates, of the dam on the Columbia River. There is a large mountain in the background. Handwriting on negative reads, "Bonneville Dam - Fish Ladder." There are markings near the top of the negative.

Christian (Photographer)

Aerial View of Bonneville Dam

Aerial photograph of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River in the Columbia River Gorge. Looking east, up the river. Stamp on the back of the print reads, "Taken by the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bonneville Power Administration, Portland, Oregon. Please credit." Second stamp reads, "H.W.S. Apr 1, 1948." Third stamp reads, "Beaver Engraving Co." of Portland, Oregon.

United States. Bonneville Power Administration

Aerial View from 5,000 Foot Elevation - Bonneville Power and Navigation Project

Aerial photograph and survey of Bradford Island and the construction of the Bonneville Dam on the Columbia River. Written labels on the print indicate the locations of the fish hatchery, ship locks, power house, and more. Writing on the top right of the print reads, "Aerial view from 5,000 ft. elev. Bonneville Power and Navigation Project. Cost 32,200,000. Construction period - Nov. 1933 - Dec. 1937." Other writings on the print indicate this was taken on March 27, 1935 by Brubaker Aerial Surveys. Stamp on the back of the print requests that Brubaker be given credit for the photograph.

Brubaker Aerial Surveys (Portland, Or.)

Generators - Bonneville Dam

Negative of a photographic postcard showing the generators at the Bonneville Dam. The generators are circular machines lined up in a large open room. Handwriting on negative reads, "Generators - Bonneville Dam. Christian 11-623."

Christian (Photographer)

Model of the Bonneville Dam

Photograph of a model of the Bonneville Dam. The model was built by U.S. Engineers, and labels mark the main dam, spillway, fish elevators, power house, and more. A railroad in the foreground of the model is labeled "Spokane, Portland & Seattle Ry." Additional writing on the print indicates the quantities and costs involved in building the dam. Copyright on bottom of print for Photo-Art Commercial Studios in Portland.

Photo-Art Commercial Studios (Portland, Or.)

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