Collection Org. Lot 369 - William L. Finley Collection, 1901-1940

Young Antelope Young Antelope Young Antelope Young Antelope Young Antelope Young Antelope Young Antelope Herbert Brown holding an elf owl Herbert Brown holding an elf owl Herbert Brown standing by giant cactus Herbert Brown examining elf owl nest Herbert Brown examining elf owl nest Herbert Brown with palmer thrasher nest Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Mexican ground dove Irene Finley with Mexican ground dove
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William L. Finley Collection, 1901-1940

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  • 1901 - 1940 (Creation)

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Doc. cases 1-26 Glass negatives
Doc. cases 27-33 Photoprints matching glass negatives
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Approx. 2,600 glass negatives
3,000 nitrate negatives
6,000 photoprints

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(1876-1953)

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(1880-1959)

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(1872-1943)

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Images of wildlife, primarily birds of the western United States, c.1900-1940s, photographed by William Lovell Finley and his associate Herman T. Bohlman, with the help of his wife, Nellie Irene Barnhart Finley and others. The collection includes fine images of adult and immature birds, chicks, eggs, and nests. Many show habitat. Others document the camera equipment and techniques used to make the photographs.

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Organization of the first four series consist of Finley's and Bohlman’s early work, 1901-1911, and include both original glass plate negatives and matching vintage and modern photoprints. Images are arranged by format and thereunder by negative number. Negative numbers appear to have been assigned by the former custodians of the collection, the Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife.

The remaining series consist primarily of William and Irene Finley's later still photography work, ca.1910-1940s, and include both nitrate cellulose negatives and matching vintage photoprints. There are also glass negatives, cs.1901-1911, which were never incorporated into the numbered sequence described above.

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Photo Accession No. 983D143

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A sizable collection of motion pictures filmed by the Finleys is maintained by the OHS Film Archives.

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This project is supported in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services through the Library Services and Technology Act, administered by the Oregon State Library.

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