Archives: Guide to Sam Blackwell Photographs and Papers, 1865-2004
Title: Sam Blackwell Photographs and Papers
Dates: 1895-2004 (inclusive)
Dates: 1944-2004 (bulk)
Collection #: M-004
Size: 4 records boxes, 43 document boxes, 14 oversize containers, 1 oversize folder (28.25 c.f.)
Description: The collection consists of photographs, negatives, and slides taken by Sam Blackwell, instructor at Lane Community College. The photographs were taken of buildings, grounds, and classroom activities on the LCC main campus and at other college locations. The collection also includes photographs of Blackwell's family, travels in the U.S. and abroad, and his service in the U.S. Army in France duirng World War II.
Access Restrictions: The collection is open for research.
Use Restrictions: Permission to reprint or publish the photographs and slides must be obtained from the LCC Archives.
Provenance: Donated by Sam Blackwell, 2000-2002 and by the Blackwell family in 2008.
Processed by: Elizabeth Uhlig, 2003-2004, 2009.
Collection Citation: Sam Blackwell Photographs and Papers, 1895-2004 (M-004), Lane Community College Archives, Eugene, Oregon
Lane Community College
Archives and Records Management
Elizabeth M. Uhlig, Archivist
4000 East 30th Avenue
Eugene, Oregon 97405 USA
Telephone: (541) 463-5466
Fax: (541) 463-3996
Biography: Sam Blackwell
Samuel E. Blackwell was born in 1917 in Amarillo, Texas. He received a B.S. in Business Administration, 1939, from Abilene Christian College and an M.S. in Public Relations and Advertising from the School of Journalism at Syracuse University in 1953. He served in the U.S. Army, 1942-1946.
He taught at Lane Community College from 1968 to 2000. He taught communication skills in the English/Language Arts Department from 1968-1986 and co-authored a textbook for the course. He taught photography in the Mass Communications Department from 1968-1971 and in Adult Education (Continuing Education) from 1972-2000.
He traveled extensively. As an instructor for TraveLearn, a travel/study program of Continuing Education, he taught photography and led tours to Alaska, Egypt, and the Galapagos Islands of Ecuador.Blackwell had a professional photography career in the aerospace, commercial, industrial, advertising, illustrative, and public relations fields. He has won numerous professional awards for journalism, photography, teaching, and volunteerism.
Sam Blackwell died in 2005.
Scope & Content Note
The Samuel Blackwell Photographs and Papers contain black/white and color photographs, negatives, contact sheets, and color slides taken on the campuses of Lane Community College.
The Blackwell collection contains photographs and negatives of views of students in classrooms and participating in activities in a variety of courses offered by the Adult Education and Continuing Education programs. In addition to photographs taken on the main campus, the collection includes a series of photographs taken at other college locations such as the Downtown Center in Eugene, LCC at Florence, LCC at Cottage Grove, and Community Learning Centers located in high schools in the county. The collection also includes photographic prints and slides taken of buildings on the Lane main campus including images of buildings under construction.
Blackwell led overseas tours as part of a program at LCC called TraveLearn which combined travel and instruction. He taught photography on the tours he led to Europe, the Caribbean, Central and South America, Australia and New Zealand and the collection contains photographs and slides taken on these travels.
Sam Blackwell was in the medical corps during WWII and served in France, 1944-1946. He took photographs of soldiers, prisoners-of-war, and French towns and countryside showing local residents and damage to buildings from bombing and fighting. The collection includes photographic prints, negatives, albums, a negative log book, and exhibits.
The collection is divided into 11 series or groups of similar records. Many of the photographs are arranged by photographic roll retaining the roll numbers assigned by Sam Blackwell; other photographs are arranged alphabetically or topically. Following are detailed listings of the materials in the collection.
- Series A: Autobiography and Writings, 1981-1983
- The collection includes a brief autobiography and two articles he wrote when he was an instructor at LCC.
- Series B: Photographs, Adult Education and Continuing Education Classes at the LCC Downtown Center, 1989-1998
- This series contains photographs and negatives of scenes of Continuing Education/Adult Education classes at the LCC Downtown Center. The images depict students in classrooms and participating in activities in a variety of courses offered by these programs.
- Series C: Photographs, LCC at Cottage Grove and Florence, 1993-1999
- This series The collection also includes a series of photographs taken at open houses at LCC at Florence and Cottage Grove.
- Series D: Photographs, Community Learning Centers, 1994-2001
- The Community Learning Centers were classrooms located in high schools in Lane County including Oakridge, Elmira, Junction City, McKenzie, Thurston, Willamette, and Churchill. Most of the photos were taken at open houses and the openings of the CLC's.
- Series E: Photographs, LCC Main Campus - Buildings, Contruction, Seasons, 1969-1983
- This series contains black/white and color prints and negatives taken of buildings on the LCC main campus including images of buildings under construction. There are numerous photographs of the construction of the Performing Arts Building in 1973-1974. There are also several images of the campus in winter, covered with snow, and in spring with trees and flowers in bloom.
- Series F: Slides, LCC at Florence, Cottage Grove, Downtown Center, and Main Campus, 1969-1997
- The slides in this collection depict buildings on the main campus of LCC, the Downtown Center in Eugene, and exterior views of fountains, sculptures, and the buildings and grounds on the main campus.
- Series G: Color Slides - TraveLearn Slides (1986-1999)
- Blackwell led overseas tours in a program of LCC called TraveLearn which combined travel and instruction. He taught taught photography on the tours that he led, 1986-1999. He traveled to Europe, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Australia, New Zealand, Fiji, and the Caribbean; and the collection contains photographs and slides that he took on these travels.
- Series H: Color Slides - Alphabetical by Subject (undated)
- This series contains color slides arranged alphabetically by subject. The slides are of outdoor views, flowers and trees, animals, buildings, mountains and countryside, and images taken in Oregon cities.
- Series I: World War II Photographs and Negatives (1944-1946)
- Sam Blackwell was in the medical corps during WWII and served in France, 1944-1946. He took photographs of soldiers, prisoners-of-war, and French towns and countryside showing local residents and damage to buildings from bombing and fighting. The collection includes photographic prints, negatives, albums, a photograph log book, and exhibits.
- Series J: Miscellaneous Photographs, Negatives, Prints, and Proof Sheets (1948-2004)
- This series contains photograph prints and negatives depicting a variety of scenes and activities including travels in the U.S., Europe, some on TraveLearn tours; family and family trips; work in New Mexico and Oregon; and various photos taken in Oregon and elsewhere in the West. The photographs are arranged in a number of ways – by format, numerically, and alphabetically.
- Series K: Oversized photographs (1895-2004)
- The over-sized photographs are mostly black/white, and are both mounted and unmounted, 14 x 11". The images depicted include a study of hands and scenic views in the U.S. and Europe. There are nine views of the city of Eugene dating from 1895 to 1959. These images are reproductions of historical photographs; the original photographer is unknown. The photographs are mounted and measure 16" x 20". This series also includes photographs and newspaper articles (1985, 1995) featuring Blackwell and his photographs taken in Europe during WWII as well as of military cemeteries in France, Gettysburg, and France taken in 2001-2004.
For a detailed finding aid which includes a complete list of the contents of this collection, refer to: