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William Henry Jackson Photograph Collection

Identifier: C Photo Collection 97

Scope and Contents

Views of Colorado, New Mexico, Wyoming and Yellowstone National Park. Photographs that are unconnected to specific Jackson collections. A few of the photographs have identification reproduced in the print or handwritten on the back. "Roches Moutonnies" is a view of rock formations, boulders and dead, fallen trees in an unidentified valley in Eagle County, Colorado. The Mount of the Holy Cross and the Sawatch Range are in the distance. Some photographs are torn, creased, faded, and/or soiled.


  • circa 1890-circa 1910

Conditions Governing Access

The collection is open for research. Photographs in this collection cannot be reproduced.


All requests for permission to publish, reproduce, or quote from material in the collection should be discussed with the appropriate librarian or archivist. Permission for publication may be given on behalf of the Denver Public Library as the owner of the physical item. It is not intended to include or imply permission of the copyright holder, which also must be obtained by the customer. The Library does not assume any responsibility for infringement of copyright or publication rights of the manuscript held by the writer, heirs, donors, or executors. Reproduction restrictions are decided on a case-by-case basis.

Biographical / Historical

William Henry Jackson (April 4, 1843-June 30, 1942) was a Civil War veteran and photographer of the American West. Jackson was born in Keeseville, New York and served in the Union Army during the Civil War. After the war, Jackson established a photography studio in Omaha, Nebraska in 1869. In 1870, Jackson joined an expedition across Wyoming with geologist Ferdinand Vandiveer Hayden. . From 1871 to 1878, Jackson served as official photographer for the U.S. Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories. He was the first to publish photographs of Yellowstone, which contributed to its national park status in 1872. Jackson also was the first to publish photographs of the indigenous dwellings in Mesa Verde, Colorado. Jackson opened his own studio in Denver, Colorado in 1879. Funded by the World’s Transportation Commission, Jackson visited and photographed many parts of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Australia from 1893 to 1896. Upon his return in 1897, Jackson became a partner at Detroit Publishing Company until its bankruptcy in 1924. In 1924, Jackson began working as a muralist for the U.S. Department of the Interior. Jackson published two autobiographies, the first in 1929 and the second in 1940.


1 PhotoBox

1 PhotoOVFF (Framed Photograph)

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Repository Details

Part of the Denver Public Library, Western History and Genealogy Repository

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Denver CO 80204 United States