William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection
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In 1879, funding for Survey expedition ended and Jackson again opened his own studio in Denver, Colorado. There he continued photographing the West, taking on many side projects photographing for hotels and railroad companies like the Mexican Central, New York Central, and the Baltimore Ohio. In 1893 many of these photographs were displayed at the World's Columbian Exhibition in Chicago. Moreover, Jackson was asked to be the official photographer of the fair, a job he desperately needed after losses during the Panic of 1893. Soon thereafter, Jackson was offered an all-expenses paid trip around the world by railroad publicist Joseph Pangborn as part of the World's Transportation Commission. Jackson traveled to and photographed many parts of Europe, Asia, North Africa, and Australia.
Jackson returned from his trip in 1896 and in 1897 he became a partner in the Detroit Photographic Company. There he began to experiment with color photography, thanks to the recently developed Photochrom processing. Thousands of postcards and prints were issued by the company, now that they were able to colorize Jackson' new and old negatives. In 1924, due to the decline in postcard sales after WWI and the expense of the Photocrom process, the Detroit Photographic Company went out of business and Jackson went into retirement.
Jackson wrote two autobiographies after he retired. The first, published in 1929, was entitled The Pioneer Photographer: Rocky Mountain Adventures with a Camera. Jackson's second autobiography, Time Exposure: The Autobiography of William Henry Jackson, was published in 1940. Jackson died in New York City at the age of 99 in 1942.
(Biographical information provided by the University of Chicago Library Special Collections Research Center.)
187 items (1 box) : 187 photochrom prints ; prints: 4.5 x 6.5 in., 3.5 x 7 in., 7 x 9 in.
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A second donation of 33 prints was received in 2015 and processed in 2018.
- Finding Aid of the William Henry Jackson Photochrom Collection, 1893-1906
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