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Princeton University Library Collection of William Henry Jackson Photographs


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Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942

American photographer, artist and explorer, William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) is known for his iconic Indian portraits and landscape photographs of the American West. After working for the Union Pacific Railroad and the USGS (U.S. Geological Survey) throughout the 1870s, Jackson moved to Denver in 1879 and opened a commercial studio. There he continued to photograph the West, taking on many side projects photographing for hotels and railroad companies like the Mexican Central, New York Central, and the Baltimore & Ohio.

The photograph album contains images of Colorado and New Mexico that depict various scenes of frontier towns, railroads, and natural landscapes. Most, if not all, of the photographs can be attributed to William Henry Jackson who at the time owned a commercial studio in Denver. Most of the prints include the label "W.H. Jackson Photo., Denver, Colo"; most also display the negative titles and numbers. The album's spine reads "Souvenirs of Colorado."

The cabinet card photographs all feature images of Pikes Peak in Colorado and surrounding areas. Each photograph is captioned and stamped on the back. Four of the photographs have a stamp that reads "W.H. Jackson Photograph and Publishing Co., Denver, Col." and the last photograph has a stamp that reads "The Chain & Hardy Co. Art Dealers, Denver, Col." On the front of each photograph "The W.H. Jackson Photo. Co.," is printed in the bottom left corner.

Purchased, 2014. (AM 2015-29). Cabinet card photographs were purchased in 2016. (AM 2017-79).

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This collection was processed by Faith Charlton in October 2014. Finding aid written by Faith Charlton in October 2014.

No materials were separated during 2014 processing.

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Collection Inventory

William Henry Jackson Photograph Album of Colorado and New Mexico, circa 1880s. 1 item.
Scope and Contents

The album's spine reads "Souvenirs of Colorado."

"Interior: Tabor Opera House, Denver";

"Alpine Pass" #3104;

"Buffalo of the Plains Bos Americanus";

"Tower of Babel, Garden of the Gods" #805;

"Monarch Pass from Beaver Dam Park" #496;

"View Towards Monarch Pass from near Chaffee" #495;

"Balanced Rock, Garden of the Gods" #801;

"Pikes Peak Trail Rose Falls" #809;

"Sheltered Falls, Pikes Peak Trail" #808;

"Eroded Sandstones, Monument Park" #165;

"South Park from Kenosha Hill" #741;

"Kenosha Hill near Webster" #474;

"Platte Canon [Canyon] near Deansbury" #725;

"North from the Summit of Pikes Peak" #814;

"US Signal Station Summit Pikes Peak" #813;

"Platte Canon [Canyon] DSP & PRR" #753;

"Chalk Creek Canon [Canyon]" #966;

"Chalk Creek Canon [Canyon]" #963;

"View between Junction & Chaffee" #493;

"East from Monarch Pass" #497;

"Monarch Pass, Looking North" #498;

"Toltec Gorge" #754;

"Williams Canon [Canyon] near Cave of the Winds" #793;

"Williams Canon [Canyon] from the temple" #799;

"Inspiration Point, Clear Creek Canon [Canyon]" #194;

"View from above Chaffee looking down" #494;


"Grand Canon [Canyon] of the Arkansas" #187;

"Sierra Blanca from near Ft. Garland" #1090;

"Marshall Pass from the West Side" #1099;

"Durango Colo. #838;

"The Black Mesa near Embudo" #1092;

"Post Office & Court House, Leadville" #638;

"Leadville, Colo. North" #635;

"Mt. Lincoln, Montgomery Gulch" #468;

"Alma" #467;

"Monument Park" #820;

"Cliff House and Springs at Manitou" #782;

"Dr. Bell's Residence, Manitou" #789;

"View from above Maysville, looking down" #486;

"Poncha Springs and Pass" #484;

"Williams Canon [Canyon]" #794;

"Bridge near Estabrook, Platte Canon [Canyon]" #747;

"Platte Canon [Canyon], Bridge near Dean's" #561;

"Royal Gorge, Grand Canon [Canyon] Arkansas" #191;

"Williams Canon [Canyon], 'The Narrows'" #790;

"Cammeron's Cone from Williams Canon [Canyon]" #798;

"Mother Grundy, Clear Creek Canon [Canyon]" #193;

"West from the Iron Mine, Leadville" #984;

"Ore House, Iron Mine, Leadville" #985;

"Platte Canon [Canyon] near Dean's";

"Leadville from Carbonate Hill" #628;

"Leadville from Capitol Hill" #643;

"Grand Canon [Canyon] of the Arkansas" #189;

"Monument Park" #821;

"Vulcan's Anvil, Monument Park" #819;

"Dome Rock, D.S.P.& P.RR" #751;

"Siamese Twins, Garden of the Gods" #803;

"Tower of Babel, Garden of the Gods" #806;

"Rainbow Falls, Ute Pass" #788;

"Pikes Peak Trail, down from Sheltered Falls" #810;

"Ute Iron Spring, Manitou" #785;

"Pikes Peak Trail, Sheltered Falls" #807;

"Hall Valley, near Webster" #473;

"Monument Park" #822;

"View near Buffalo on the D.S.P. & PRR" #749;

"Gilman's Deansbury, Platte Canon [Canyon]" #472;

"Alpine Pass northeast from summit" #971;

"View east from D.S.P. & PRR Tunnel" #978;

"Grand Canon [Canyon] of the Arkansas" #190;

"View on Head of Quartz Creek" #976;

"Down Quartz Creek, near Alpine Pass" #975;

"Cave of the Winds, the entrance" #795;

"West from Alpine Pass" #972;

"Alpine Pass from West Side" #977;

"Grand Canon [Canyon] of the Arkansas, Royal Gorge" #189;

"View on Chalk Creek, near St. Elmo" #969;

"Haywood Springs, Chalk Creek Canon [Canyon]" #958;

"Ute Pass" #786;

"D & RG Rwy, the Loop, Fremont's Pass" #994;

"D & RGRR Rwy, Summit, Fremont's Pass" #995;

"Grand Canon [Canyon] of the Arkansas" #192;

"Dump Mtn. from Mule Shoe, Veta Pass" #1087;

"Embudo, New Mexico" #1091;

"Mosquito Pass, Head of Evans Gulch" #759;

"Old Mill at Chamita" #1276;

"Windsor Hotel, Denver" #443;

"Tabor Block" #441;

"Platte Canon [Canyon] near Crosson's" #164;

"On Ragtops Camp at the Tunnel";

"Miller's Camp, Head of Quartz Creek" #460;

"The Narrows, Williams Canon [Canyon]" #791;

"Arboursville [Arbourville], Colo." #488;

"Monarch Pass, Gunnison & Dolores Rwy, Near Arboursville [Arbourville]";

"Montezuma's Cathedral, Garden of the Gods" #167;

"Red Cliff, Col., looking up the Eagle" #667;

"Engineers Camp, M.P.G. & D.R.R., Head of the Tomichi" #621;

"Rainbow Falls in Winter" #1001;

"Soda Springs" #783;

"Navajo Springs" #784;

"Rocky Point, Clear Creek Canon [Canyon]" #198;

"Gateway, Garden of Gods & Pikes Peak" #504;

"Garden of the Gods" #168;

"Unidentified, 'Two Loggers'";

"Alpine Pass, Head of Quartz Creek en route for Gunnison" #459;

"West from Mosquito Pass" #760;

"Spanish Peaks from Veta Mtn." #1082;

"Panorama of Denver" #234;

"Santa Fe. Church of Santa Guadaloupe [Guadalupe]" #1301;

"Estufa in south Pueblo, Taos, N.M." #1266;

"Ojo Caliente, N.M." #758;

"Sierra Blanca and Veta Pass" #1081;

"Shirley, Gunnison Div. D & RGRy" #1094;

"Phantom Curve, D & RGRR" #755;

"Dump Mtn., La Veta Pass" #1100

Physical Description

1 item

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Five William Henry Jackson Card Photographs, circa 1890s. 1 folder.
Scope and Contents

"Manitou House";

"Pikes Peak";

"Pikes Peak Carriage Road";

"Untitled view of a house";

"M. & P.P. Ry. Clouds from Timberline [Manitou & Pikes Peak Railway]";

Physical Description

1 folder

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