Historic Photo Archive was founded by Thomas Robinson and is administered online by Vintage Roadside. We sell archival prints to the public as well as high resolution scans to historical researchers and the media from our library of original film, glass negatives and transparencies. Over 4500 photographers’ film is archived, and some of these photographers have taken over a million images each.
We have photojournalism, documentary, commercial, aerial, military, venacular, professional and fine art subjects. For research purposes, we have an on-premise reference library containing a near-complete set of Portland city directories, as well as directories from areas we specialize in. In addition to Oregon, we have large film collections from Alaska, Arizona, Washington DC, Washington State, and other areas in the United States.
Other archives are comprised primarily of vintage prints and postcards. As a comparison, our photographs and scans are created using original film and glass plates as the source of the image, which results in considerably higher resolution and have far greater tonal range.
Not everything in our collection has been processsed for online access, as our library is constantly evolving. If you are looking for photos of specific locations or activities that are not on our website please contact us describing what you are looking for and we will search our files for you.