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Jackson, William Henry, 1843-1942

 Person

Dates

  • Existence: 1843-1942

Biographical History

William Henry Jackson (1843-1942) was a landscape photographer of the American West.

William Henry Jackson was born April 4, 1843 in Keeseville, New York. He was a man of great energy and love for the outdoors and especially the breadth and heights of the mountain West. His life spanned the first century of the new visual art of photography and the great era of westward expansion. He began his photography career in 1858 in New York as a photographic retouching artist in the burgeoning photography industry and ended it in New York City with his death in 1942. In between these years he became increasingly proficient in his chosen field through his studio and field work in Omaha, Nebraska, his nine year odyssey as the official photographer with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden’s United States Geological Survey of the Territories, his 15 years in Denver, Colorado, 17 months of Asian and Pacific travel with the World Transportation Commission, his 27 years in Detroit associated with the Detroit Photographic Company and its successor the Detroit Publishing Company, and finally his highly productive "so-called" retirement years from 1924-1942. He died on June 30, 1942 in New York, New York at the age of 99.

Citation

U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. Catalogue of the photographs ... 1875.

An eye for history, the paintings of William Henry Jackson, from the collection at the Oregon Trail Museum, 1999?: t.p. (William Henry Jackson) p. viii (Union soldier, explorer, photographer, and artist for the Hayden Surveys of the Territories in the 1870s; autobiography, Time exposure) p. 2 (age 92 in 1935) p. 84 (d. in 1942)

William Henry Jackson, frontier photographer and artist, from National Park Service web site, 8/20/1999 (William Henry Jackson - 1843-1942; b. Apr. 4, 1843 in Keeseville, New York; d. June 30, 1942 in New York, ,New York)

Brigham Young University William Henry Jackson Digital Collection, via WWW, Mar. 12, 2015 (b. Apr. 4, 1843 in Keeseville, N.Y.; was a man of great energy and love for the outdoors and especially the breadth and heights of the mountain west; his life spanned the first century of the new visual art of photography and the great era of westward expansion; began his photography career in 1858 in New York as a photographic retouching artist in the burgeoning photography industry and ended it in New York City with his death in 1942; In between these years he became increasingly proficient in his chosen field through his studio and field work in Omaha, Neb., his nine year odyssey as the official photographer with Ferdinand Vandeveer Hayden's United States Geological Survey of the Territories, his 15 years in Denver, Colo., 17 months of Asian and Pacific travel with the World Transportation Commission, his 27 years in Detroit associated with the Detroit Photographic Company and its successor the Detroit Publishing Company, and finally his highly productive "so-called" retirement years from 1924-1942; died on June 30, 1942 in New York, New York at the age of 99)

Found in 63 Collections and/or Records:

John F. Bennett photograph album of Church history

 Collection — Folder: 1
Identifier: MSS P 801
Scope and Contents This collection contains one small black photo album. The album was made by John F. Bennett for Mr. and Mrs. George Albert Smith in the 1930s. It is similar to other albums put together by Bennett but is uniquely arranged with the Smiths in mind. Bennett used images created by several notable pioneer photographers such as William H. Jackson, C. R. Savage, George E. Anderson, C. W. Carter etc. The photographs selected should be considered some of the most notable images depicting the pioneer...
Dates: 1847-1930

Bighorn in the Tetons, Wyoming

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS_1608_p66_b1_f8_90a

Bighorn in the Tetons, Wyoming, 1863-1878

 Item — Box: 3, Folder: 8
Identifier: MSS 1608 Series 2 Item 90
Scope and Contents note Photographic print of drawing depicting scenes of the U. S. G. S. Gelatin print of drawing. Photograph of Jackson in tent, sketching a big horn mountain goat, as described in The Pioneer Photographer, page 128.
Dates: Other: 1863-1878

Bryant Dolare Casper Portrait of William Henry Jackson

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS_1608_p66_b6_f5_892a

Bryant Dolare Casper Portrait of William Henry Jackson

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS_1608_p66_b6_f5_893a

John H. Campe photographs of Utah

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: MSS P 265
Scope and Contents Collection includes 11 photographs of Utah and Colorado landscapes and towns.
Dates: approximately 1870-1940

Commemorative plaque in memory of William Henry Jackson

 Digital Record
Identifier: MSS_1608_p66_b6_f4_883a