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Industries and Occupations Photographs

Fisherman landing salmon with pole and gaff, 1907
Fisherman landing salmon with pole, 1907

An ongoing and expanding collection devoted to the workers in the Pacific Northwest from the 1880s to the 1940s. Many occupations and industries are represented including the logging and lumber industry, shipping, fisheries, oystering,canning and agriculture.

Industries and Occupations is an ongoing digital collection of photographs documenting the workers of the Pacific Northwest and Alaska, primarily from the 1880s to the 1940s. Included are images of the logging and lumber industry, shipping, fisheries, oystering and canning, agriculture, blacksmithing, bridge building and road construction, coal and gold mining. The activities of photographers at work, linotype operators and fur trappers are also represented. Because we will be on occasion adding new images to the digital collection, the database will be updated periodically.In addition, our cataloging staff will continue to supplement the metadata attached to each image as new research alters the descriptive records.

About the Database

The information for Industries and Occupations Photographs was researched and prepared by the UW Libraries Special Collections Division and Cataloging staff in 2000. Not all the photographs from the collection were included in this database. The images were scanned in 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 UW CONTENT program. The original collection resides in the UW Libraries Special Collections Division as the Industries and Occupations Collection.

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