The database includes 690 photographs taken by Ralph Raymond Hutchison. Hutchison was raised on a farm near Endicott, Washington. As a professional photographer, he later operated studios in: Endicott, LaCrosse, Pullman, and Moscow Idaho. In the course of his work as the photographer for the WSU yearbook, the Chinook, he attended many campus events such as dances, parties, fraternity and sorority dances, banquets, and teas. The campus of Washington State University (including campus architecture, sporting events, campus activities, and administrators) is extensively documented, as is the city of Pullman and the surrounding Palouse communities. The collection records the changes on the campus of WSU and in rural communities between the 1920s and the 1950s. Agricultural photographs trace the shift from the use of horses in harvesting to modern combines. New technologies are also represented: the arrival of the first model T, the introduction of electric washers and dryers. Though many of the photographs depict the town and farms of the Palouse region of southeastern Washington and northern Idaho, neighboring geographic areas are also represented.
Searching the Database:
Entering search terms in the box located at the top of the page will search across all of the database fields. Search results are displayed as a series of thumbnail images that may be browsed, both forward and backward. To view the larger image and its corresponding description, double click on the thumbnail. Any highlighted text in the description below each full-size image is searchable; just click.
Creating the Database:
Trevor James Bond, Special Collections Librarian, supervised the project. Duncan Shea scanned original photographic prints as 300 dpi TIFF files on a Microtek 9600XL scanner and then added 72 dpi JPEG files to the CONTENTdm database. Al Cornish provided technical support for CONTENTdm. Michael Walpole designed the site.