January 25, 2022

New Digital Collection From U. of Washington Libraries: Glacier and Landforms Photographs

From the University of Washington Libraries:

Thousands of photos of glaciers, volcanoes, rivers and other natural phenomena are now easily viewed by the public through the University of Washington Libraries.

UW Libraries’ Special Collections this fall released a new Glacier and Landforms Photograph Collection. The collection is designed to provide online access to photos of glaciers, geology and related subjects. At launch, the collection includes material from three photographers, and more will be added over time.

Don Easterbrook, professor emeritus of geology at Bellingham’s Western Washington University, donated his photos and also sponsored the archive’s creation. His photos include several from Mount St. Helens, where he took photos before and after its 1980 eruption.

The collection also includes a selection of 14,000 photos by Austin Post, a photographer and mountaineer who worked for the U.S. Geological Survey and lived on Vashon Island. He documented many glaciers, including taking hundreds of aerial photos documenting Alaska’s Columbia Glacier between 1961 and 1998.

The third photographer now included is California geologist and pilot John Shelton. He learned to fly in the early 1940s and took aerial photos that document geological principles all over the world and published a popular textbook, “Geology Illustrated.”


UW Libraries will continue to expand the collection with other material from its physical archives, including earlier photos by geologist Stewart Lowther of the University of Puget Sound, geological engineer Bailey Willis, California geologist Harold W. Fairbanks and late UW geology professor Peter Misch.

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Direct to Glacier and Landforms Photograph Collection

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