William Henry Jackson Collection
at Scotts Bluff National Monument

William Henry Jackson was one of the most prolific American artists/photographers of the late 1800's and early 1900's. His long life enabled him to witness and record much of this nation's history.  Jackson  literally took thousands of photographs, made hundreds of sketches, drawings and paintings. He left portions of this vast collection with a number of prestigious institutions including colleges, libraries, the Smithsonian Institute and our own Scotts Bluff National Monument. These original paintings are held by the Oregon Trail Museum at Scotts Bluff National Monument. Indeed, a large portion of the art work portrays life on the Oregon Trail and the difficulties of pioneers traveling to Oregon.   

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A few of his paintings date from William Henry Jackson's service during the Civil War. However, most were created by Jackson in the 1930s when he was already more than 90 years old. The monument's museum collections also contain many Jackson drawings, photographs and other Jackson-related material.

The National Park Service and the staff of Scotts Bluff National Monument are proud to bring you much of the collection online in digital format. Five hundred pieces of  art are available in a searchable database complete with description. Visitors to the web siteare encouraged to record their thoughts in the guestbook. Historians and researcher's are asked to register. Registered users will have access to higher-resolution images and can request quality TIFF images for use in publications.


Brought to you by the Scotts Bluff National Monument and Oregon Trail Museum Foundation
via a Grant from: The Colorado Digitization Project that was provided by The Institute of Museum and Library Services & The Western Trails Project **

All Art used on this Web Site is Owned and Controlled Solely by The Scotts Bluff National Monument
You may not reproduce, copy or print any portion of this collection in any form whether electronic, paper or otherwise  for commercial purposes without express written permission.

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** The Western Trails Project is a multi-state collaborative between Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming. Participants in the project will digitize and provide world-wide-web access to photographs, text and maps about historic and modern trails in the western states. The Western Trails Project is funded through a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services. The Nebraska Library Commission is the coordinator for the Nebraska participants.