Clark Kinsey Photographs Collection
Clark Kinsey's work as a photographer documented a vital aspect of the Pacific Northwest's economic and industrial history. Raised near Snoqualmie, Washington, Clark first practiced photography in the early 1890's with his brothers Darius and Clarence. During the Yukon Gold Rush, Clark and Clarence operated a studio in Grand Forks, where they remained for several years. About 1906, Clark returned to Seattle to operate a contracting business throughout the Northwest until shortly before World War I. From that time he returned to photography and spent the rest of his career documenting the logging and milling camps and other forest related activities in Washington, Oregon, California, and British Columbia. He was said to be the official photographer for the West Coast Lumberman's Association, and it is believed that he made approximately 50,000 negatives until his retirement in 1945. The images presented here comprise only a part of his life's work as a photographer.
About the Database
Only a fraction of Kinsey's negatives survived. Produced on unstable nitro-cellulose film stock, the images were subject to rapid deterioration. The surviving negatives, 10,000 in number, representing the period from 1914 to 1945, were presented in by Clark Kinsey's family to the University of Washington Libraries in 1968. The continued preservation of the negatives had become a critical issue by 1980, when combined efforts by local timber companies and the National Historic Publications and Records Commission assured salvage. The Weyerhaeuser Company gathered a consortium of concerned individuals and corporate groups to provide matching funds to an outright grant by NHPRC. The negative collection was edited for content and quality, and some 5,200 were selected for printing and filming. Master prints, safety film copy negatives and a detailed collection checklist and guide were the end products of this project. Because of the continuing importance of this collection, in 2003, the University of Washington Libraries Special Collections Division requested funding through a Friends Grant to provide more detailed access to selected images from this collection through a digitization project using the Contentdm software. This project was completed in the Fall of 2003. 1095 images were selected, digitized, researched and cataloged. Additional images were added as part of the Olympic Peninsula Community Museum project funded by a 2003 National Leadership Grant for Library and Museum Collaboration. These successive projects secure for posterity the continued preservation and accessibility of one of the regions most important photographers.
Selection, research and descriptive metadata for the Clark Kinsey Photographs Collection were completed by Kristin Kinsey, Kathy Stice, Katherine Donaldson, and grant staff in 2003-2013. Not all the photographs from the collection were included in this database: the database consists of 2603 digital images chosen from a group of approximately 5,200 photographic prints.
The images were scanned from photographic prints grayscale using a Microtek Scanmaker 9600L and saved in .jpg format. Some manipulation of the images was done to present the clearest possible digital image. The scanned images were then linked with descriptive data using the Contentdm software suite. The original collection resides in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Clark Kinsey Photographs Collection. PH Coll 516.
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