A partnership of OSU Libraries and Willamette University Libraries has been awarded funding through a competitive Library Services and Technology Act grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services. The project called “Preserving the Legacy of an Oregon Activist and Artist: Making Accessible the Chuck Williams Collections” was selected to be funded as part of this year’s award process. A special shout-out goes to Natalia Fernández and Larry Landis from OSU Libraries’ Special Collections and Archives Research Center for their effort on this grant.
Willamette University Libraries will be the project lead on this effort to preserve, promote and make publicly accessible the archival collections of Charles “Chuck” Williams II (1943-2016). Williams was a professional photographer and environmental activist in Oregon who was of Cascade Chinook descent and a member of the Grand Ronde tribe. The Willamette University Chuck Williams Activist Papers document his integral role in preserving the Columbia River Gorge and his leadership in the grass-roots activism resulting in the National Scenic Act. The OSU Chuck Williams Photo Collection, a part of our Oregon Multicultural Archives, showcases his prolific career as a photographer, particularly during the 1980s and ‘90s.