Born in Pendleton, Oregon in 1850, Lee Moorhouse had a long career as a businessman, miner, surveyor, Umatilla Indian agent, and real estate operator. From 1888 to 1916, Moorhouse also found time to take over 9000 images depicting urban, rural, and Native American life in the Columbia Basin. Several decades after his death, Moorhouse's family donated many of the images to the University of Oregon Library. Over the past several years, staff members at the Library have been working to digitize a selection of photographs from this fine collection. Visitors to the site can learn more about Moorhouse and the project in the "About the Project" section before moving on to browse and search the images offered here. Currently there are about 315 items in the collection, and taken as a whole, the collection affords a number of interesting insights into the lives of Native Americans in the region.
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