William Henry Jackson
William Henry Jackson is considered
one of America's foremost photographers of the early West. His
images helped shape our views of the American West and it's many
possibilities. Jackson's long career was also intertwined with a
large number of important events and institutions in American
history, including the early U.S. Geological Surveys, the
Yellowstone and Mesa Verde National Parks, the Western railroad
industry and the Colorado mining industry, the World's Columbian
Exposition, the World's Transportation Commission, and the Detroit
Photographic & Publishing Company. Jackson lived 99 years, and for
over 80 years he was either sketching, photographing, or painting.
The legacy of images he left behind is incredibly varied and rich in
it's documentation of other times and other places. The Mount of the
Holy Cross image is an example of a well-known Jackson view.
Jackson's photographic output was prodigious. The Library of
Congress, the National Archives, and the Colorado Historical Society
maintain large collections of glass plate negatives and prints, and
a substantial portion of Jackson's work has been made available on
the World Wide Web. Web-based resources containing information about
Jackson, his photographic images, and his other works are changing
at a rapid rate. These Web pages are intended to catalogue this
information and supplement my Jackson bibliography. In time, other
material such as the story behind this Jackson archaeological sketch
of Anasazis Indian structures found in Mancos Canon will also be
available on the Web [sketch taken from the Bulletin of the U.S.
Geological and Geographical Survey of the Territories, Second
Series, No. 1; 1875].
The links below lead to information on new multi-media resources,
web sites with on-line Jackson images, and information about
in-print books on Jackson. Most of the government pages I have noted
are expected to be available on a relatively permanent basis.
However, some commerical and educational pages can be quite
short-lived, and internet addresses are subject to frequent change
as access providers proliferate. If you find a listed address is no
longer available or you can add to the information available on this
site, please let me know and I will update the listings. Please feel
free to contact me about your interest in William Henry Jackson and
how you found this site.