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Photographers June D. Drake (1880-1969) and his brother Emory Roy Drake founded Drake Brothers Studio in 1900 in Silverton, Oregon. Four years later the brothers bought out the business of W.L. Jones, a noted 19th-century Oregon pioneer photographer, and added his negatives to their inventory. The brothers operated together until 1908 when a fire destroyed their studio; very few images were salvaged. June Drake continued to photograph in a new studio until his retirement in 1960.
June Drake was a local historian interested in documenting Silverton history, though he considered his greatest achievement to be the establishment of the Silver Falls State Park. He photographed all ten of the falls from as early as 1902, and created many travel brochures, pamphlets, and postcards to raise awareness around Oregon and the Pacific Northwest of the need to protect this area from logging. Drake published many local history pieces in the Silvertonian and Silverton-Appeal newspapers.
The collection contains photograph and manuscript material by June D. Drake, which provides a visual record of Silverton, Oregon, and surrounding areas in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are nearly nine hundred photographs by Drake Studios, most with the studio stamp on versos along with detailed manuscript notes, including dates, identification of individuals, and the names of buildings and streets (many of which no longer exist in Silverton). Most of the photos dated before 1900 are copies of photos taken by William L. Jones, and others. The collection may be the working photographs and documents for Drake's unpublished history of Silverton and environs.
Manuscript materials include notes and newspaper clippings on the history of Silverton, Oregon, and its founding, the history of Silver Falls State Park, and history of the Drake and Schoenfeld families. Also included are a ledger of the Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, Ltd., a bound photograph album, and a field camera (Rochester Optical Company's Improved Empire State View Camera, ca. 1905), once owned and used by the studio.
Purchased in 2012. AM 2013-10.
The field camera was the gift of Larry S. Pierce in 2013. AM 2014-60.
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The field camera is a large, fragile object and requires special handling in the reading room.
Finding Aid and folder inventory written by Hilde Creager '2015 in 2012. Biographical and descriptive text throughout is adapted from description provided by Kol Shaver; edited by Valerie Addonizio.
In 2022, restrictions were lifted as part of a restrictions review project.
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Arranged alphabetically by topic.
This series consists of photographic prints arranged by topic in two sizes (5x7 inches and 8x10 inches) and a field camera used by the Studio.
Included in this series are photographs of the laying the cornerstone at St. Benedicts Abby in Mount Angel in 1921; the Silverton Train Depot; the Silverton Lumber company; the Molalla and Scotts Mill covered bridges; the Cascade Rapids on the Columbia River before the dams; golfers, hotel grounds, and hot springs in Wilhoit, Oregon; Silverton Hospital; Silverton Armory; Silverton School; the Willord School where Homer Davenport attended; and the J.W. Davenport home in 1910 (built by J.W. Drake). In addition, there are photos of a number of different marching bands organized in Silverton from the 1880s onwards, the recruits from Silverton who volunteered to fight in World War I, over one hundred images of steam farm tractor engines, combines, horse-drawn team wheat combines, hop fields and harvesting, pheasant farms, flax fields, and more. Towns included in the photographs of buildings and streetscapes are identified as Silverton, Salem, Woodburn, Waldo, and Niagra, often specifying the builder and original owner. Of special interest is a mounted photo in the collection taken of the aftermath of that fire, and then further photos of the temporary Drake Brothers studio constructed by Silverton townspeople within three months.Physical Description
A large-format field camera once owned and used by the Drake Studio, of Silverton, Oregon: Rochester Optical Company's Improved Empire State View Camera, ca. 1905, which was probably used to make many of the photos in the collection.Physical Description
Consists of a bound volume of 28 photographs (entitled "A Merry Christmas 1903," with vignette photo of J. D. Drake on titlepage) and disbound scrapbook pages (removed and photocopied from an original pharmaceutical manuscript ledger about the drug firm and soda fountain of Captain Harry Schoenfeld).
Arranged alphabetically by genre of material.Physical Description
A studio album entitled "A Merry Christmas 1903," with vignette photo of J. D. Drake on titlepage.Physical Description
Pages removed and photocopied from an original pharmaceutical manuscript ledger about the drug firm and soda fountain of Captain Harry Schoenfeld, father of Eleanor Schoenfeld, wife of June D. Drake, whose original business began in Denver, Colorado, in 1868, together with what appears to be a Civil War era photo of Captain Schoenfeld and his unit in front of a fort building. See: Union Guide to Photograph Collections in the Pacific Northwest (1978), p. 80.Physical Description
Consists of history files on Silverton, Policy Register of Norwich Union Fire Insurance Society, Ltd., Drake Family, and Silver Falls.
Arranged chronologically.Physical Description
Includes TMS for "Romance of a Barefoot Boy" about Homer Davenport, by J.D. DrakePhysical Description
Includes many pages of manuscript historical notes by Drake, including the original town ordinances, charters, and biographies of many of the first Silverton residents.Physical Description