Guide to the Jack Rottier photograph collection, 1953-1983 Jack Rottier photograph C0003

Guide to the Jack Rottier photograph collection, 1953-1983

A Collection in
Special Collections and Archives
Collection Number C0003


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Repository
George Mason University. Special Collections and Archives.
Collection number
C0003
Title
Jack Rottier photograph collection 1953-1983
Physical Characteristics
3.5 linear feet (10 boxes)
Creator
John M. (Jack) Rottier, 1910-1988
Language
English
Abstract
This collection contains 10 boxes of slides, negatives, and prints of photographs taken by National Park Service photographer Jack Rottier. Numbering around 2,500 total, the photographs in this collection document politics, culture, and urban beautification in and around Washington, DC during the 1960s and 1970s. Subjects include United States presidents from Eisenhower to Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, the Washington Senators baseball team, the National Mall, and various Potomac-region landmarks and parks.

Administrative Information

Access Restrictions

Collection is open to research.

Use Restrictions

There are no restrictions.

Preferred Citation

Jack Rottier photograph collection, Collection #C0003, Special Collections and Archives, George Mason University.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Robin Rottier, September 22, 2009.

Processing Information

Processed by Eron Ackerman in 2010. EAD markup completed by Eron Ackerman in April 2010.


Biographical Information

Jack Rottier was a photographer for the National Capital Region of the National Park Service from the early 1960s until he retired in 1975. Rottier was born in Bellaire, Michigan in 1910. He served in the Army in World War II and graduated from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. He moved to the Washington area about 1950 as a photographer for the American Forest Products Industries. He later joined the Commerce Department where he photographed trade fairs overseas, and then the Bureau of Land Management in the Interior Department, where he worked until transferring to the Park Service. Throughout his life he was an active member of the C and O Canal Association. In the course of his career with the Park Service, Rottier contributed to the photographic record of Lady Bird Johnson's beautification program and the development of the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington and the Wolf Trap Farm Park for the Performing Arts in Vienna. He died in 1988.

Scope and Content

This collection contains 10 boxes of slides, negatives, and photographic prints documenting politics, culture, and urban beautification in and around Washington, DC during the 1960s and 1970s. Slides are in color 35mm and 55mm formats, negatives are both color and black and white and range from 35mm strips to 4" x 5", and prints are color and black and white and range in size from 4" x 5" to 11" x 14". Subjects include United States presidents from Eisenhower to Ford, Lady Bird Johnson, the Washington Senators baseball team, the National Mall, and various Potomac-region landmarks and parks.

Series 1, 35mm Slides, contains over 1,000 color slides documenting prominent parks, landmarks, and political figures in the Washington, DC area. Parks featured here include Glen Echo Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, and the National Mall. Landmarks include the Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument pictured in different seasons with tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms in the foreground. The series also contains slides of several politicians and former presidents, including around 150 slides of Gerald and Betty Ford and their family, 100 slides of Jimmy Carter, and 100 slides of Richard Nixon and his family. Also included are 1 slide of John F. Kennedy, 2 slides of Lyndon Johnson, several slides of Jackie Kennedy, Chuck Robb, Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower, and 14 slides of Lady Bird Johnson whom Rottier documented during her national beautification initiative. Other subjects in this series include the 1979 American Agriculture Movement Farm Strike in DC, a Cherry Blossom Festival from 1974, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and two Washington Senators baseball games, including a 1969 game with Richard Nixon in the audience and the team's final game on September 30, 1971.

Series 2, 55mm Slides, contains 131 large-format color slides documenting scenery and beautification in the Washington, DC area. Like Series 1, it includes slides of such landmarks as the Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and various parks in different seasons with tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms in the foreground. The series also includes slides of tourists at Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland, hikers on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and marchers at a 1969 anti-war demonstration.

Series 3, Color Negatives, consists of 65 color photographic negatives, ranging in size from 60mm to 5" X 7", which document various Washington, DC area landmarks and politicians. Subjects include the Capitol, a Cherry Blossom Festival from the early 1970s, and several Republican politicians, including senators Carl T. Curtis and Strom Thurmond and governors George Dewey Clyde of Utah, Goodwin Knight of California, and Robert Eben Smylie of Idaho.

Series 4, Large Format Negatives, dates back further than any other series in this collection, containing 137 4" x 5" black-and-white negatives with dozens from the 1950s and 1960s. Subjects include former presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and several former US congressmen. The series also contains negatives of Washington, DC monuments and of political events such as Eisenhower's inauguration and a 1953 congressional baseball game. Other subjects include the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA).

Series 5, Small Format Negatives, contains 400 color and black-and-white 35mm negatives documenting Washington, DC area culture and politics. Subjects covered include Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, various Washington, DC area landmarks, a 1971 Cherry Blossom Festival pageant, the Washington Senators' last baseball game in September 1971, and a Wolf Trap concert hall opening also in 1971. The series also contains negatives of Jack Rottier and his family, Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower, and Liz Taylor and John Warner at a fundraiser in Gunston Hall.

Series 6, Medium Format Negatives, contains 475 black-and-white and color 120 film negatives depicting politics, culture, and beautification in Washington, DC. Subjects include Betty and Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro, Chuck Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson, Pat and Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, Spiro Agnew, and Mamie Eisenhower. Also included are negatives of Washington area landmarks, several US senators, a 1970 Washington Metro signing, and an Association of Federal Investigators award ceremony.

Series 7, Small Format Photographs, contains 316 3.5" x 3.5" and 3.5" x 5" photographs, all in color except where specified. Subjects in this series include the beautification of Washington, DC, Lady Bird Johnson with National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro, National Capital Park rangers, and various Washington, DC area landmarks. Political figures in this series include Richard Nixon and Senators Carl T. Curtis, Leonard B. Jordan, and Strom Thurmond. Other subjects include a 1971 Cherry Blossom Festival pageant, a 1978 party of the National Geographic Society, and two of the last Washington Senators baseball games.

Series 8, Large Format Photographs, contains 100 8" x 10" photographs of DC area political events and landmarks, all black and white except where specified. Political figures in this series include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald and Betty Ford, and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. This series also contains photographs of various political rallies and demonstrations, including an officially organized 1970 anti-litter rally and the Poor People's Campaign in the spring of 1968.

Series 9, Oversize Photographs, contains 5 11" x 14" photographs, including a photograph of the Washington Monument at night, aerial shots of the Jefferson Memorial and White House, a portrait of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office, and a photograph of Lady Bird Johnson planting flowers as part of her Washington, DC beautification initiative.

Arrangement

This collection is organized into 9 series by media format. Each series is arranged alphabetically by subject. Wherever possible, item dates refer to the actual date the photograph was taken. Otherwise, dates indicate the month and year the photograph was developed.

Series 1: 35mm Slides, 1961-1982, bulk 1967-1977 (Boxes 1-3) Series 2: 55mm Slides, 1965-1976 (Boxes 4-5) Series 3: Color Negatives, 1957-1979 (Boxes 5) Series 4: Large Format Negatives, 1950s-1970s (Box 5) Series 5: Small Format Negatives, 1960s-1970s, bulk 1970-1976 (Box 6) Series 6: Medium Format Negatives, circa 1966-1976 (Box 6) Series 7: Small Format Photographs, 1957-1983 (Box 7) Series 8: Large Format Photographs, 1960-1974 (Boxes 8-9) Series 9: Oversize Photographs, 1961-1974 (Box 10)

Related Material

Special Collections and Archives also holds other photograph collections of Washington, D.C. politics and culture, including Ollie Atkins, Charles Baptie and Arthur Scott.

Separated Material


Index Terms

    Persons:

  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Photographs.
  • Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007--Photographs.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Photographs.
  • Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993--Photographs.
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994--Photographs.
  • Geographical Names:

  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)--Photographs.
  • Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.
  • Subjects:

  • Monuments and memorials--Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.
  • Urban beautification--Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.
  • Document Types:

  • Aerial photographs.
  • Photographic negatives.
  • Photographic prints.
  • Slides.

Contents List

Series 1: 35mm Slides,
1961-1982, bulk 1967-1977
(3 boxes)

This series contains over 1,000 35mm color slides documenting prominent parks, landmarks, and political figures in the Washington, DC area. Parks featured here include Glen Echo Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, and the National Mall. Landmarks include the Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument pictured in different seasons with tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms in the foreground. The series also contains slides of several politicians and former presidents, including around 150 slides of Gerald and Betty Ford and their family, 100 slides of Jimmy Carter, and 100 slides of Richard Nixon and his family. Also included are 1 slide of John F. Kennedy, 2 slides of Lyndon Johnson, several slides of Jackie Kennedy, Chuck Robb, Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower, and 14 slides of Lady Bird Johnson whom Rottier documented during her national beautification initiative. Other subjects in this series include the 1979 American Agriculture Movement Farm Strike in DC, a Cherry Blossom Festival from 1974, Frank Sinatra, Elizabeth Taylor, and two Washington Senators baseball games, including a 1969 game with Richard Nixon in the audience and the team's final game on September 30, 1971.

  • 1
    1
    American Agriculture Movement Farm Strike,
    February 1979

    7 slides; includes strikers, riot police, and tractors at the Capitol with protest signs in windows

  • 1
    1-3
    Betty Ford and Family,
    February 1974

    44 slides; includes Betty Ford and her daughter Susan at interview with Trude Feldman and a full family portrait

  • 1
    3-7
    Capitol Building,
    1967-1981

    77 slides; includes aerial shots and photographs of the Capitol exterior in daylight, nightfall, and different seasons with snow, garden flowers, and cherry blossoms in the foreground

  • 1
    7-8
    Celebrities,
    1970-1977

    15 slides; includes Elizabeth Taylor at the Rappahannock Steeple Chase Hunt in May 1977 (2 slides), Frank Sinatra performing in May 1973 (12 slides), and Prince Charles at the White House in July 1970 (1 slide)

  • 1
    8
    Chuck Robb with Lady Bird Johnson,
    October 1967

    6 slides; photographs include Robb on a Ferris Wheel with Lady Bird Johnson and Lynda Bird Johnson on a merry-go-round

  • 1
    8
    Congressman Orval H. Hansen,
    May 1972

    3 slides; Hansen and his family at what looks like the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal

  • 1
    8-9
    Dulles International Airport
    1972-1981

    9 slides; includes an aerial shot and pictures of the airport at dusk

  • 1
    9
    Flags and Fireworks
    1966-1975

    9 slides; fireworks over the Capital

  • 1
    9-10
    Fort Frederica,
    July 1977

    22 slides; St. Simons, Georgia

  • 1
    10-15
    Gerald Ford,
    October 1973 - May 1975

    114 slides; includes pictures of Ford at Vice Presidential event in 1973 featuring Senator Hugh Scott and other politicians; President Ford's Rose Garden conference in October 1974; a press conference on May 7, 1975; and Ford with his family at other events

  • 1
    16
    Harden and Weaver,
    March 1975

    15 slides; radio talk show hosts Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver at the Kennedy Center

  • 1
    16-17
    Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis,
    May 1974

    13 slides; pictured among guests of a formal event

  • 1
    17-18
    Jefferson Memorial,
    1967-1977

    54 slides total (32 in this box); photographs of the memorial interior and exterior in different seasons, across the Potomac, with cherry blossoms, and at night

  • 2
    1-2
    Jefferson Memorial,
    1967-1977

    54 slides total (22 in this box); photographs of the memorial interior and exterior in different seasons, across the Potomac, with cherry blossoms, and at night

  • 2
    2
    John F. Kennedy,
    circa 1961-1963

    1 slide; Kennedy speaking from a podium outside the White House

  • 2
    2-7
    Jimmy Carter,
    January 20, 1977 - December 1977

    105 slides; includes pictures from Carter's inauguration

  • 2
    7-8
    Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower,
    May 1974

    23 slides

  • 2
    8-10
    Kennedy Center,
    1973-1977

    35 slides; includes aerial shots and boat shots of the Kennedy Center

  • 2
    10
    Kennedy Grave,
    January - June 1972

    5 slides; pictures of the grave marking and a memorial service

  • 2
    10-11
    Lady Bird Johnson,
    April 1971 and October 1974

    14 slides; includes pictures of Lady Bird and others across the Potomac with the Washington Monument in the background, and pictures from the LBJ Grove dedication in 1974

  • 2
    11-12
    Lincoln Memorial
    1969-1974

    26 slides; aerial shots and photographs of the memorial interior and exterior during the day and night

  • 2
    12
    Lyndon B. Johnson with Turkish President Fahri Koruturk,
    April 1967

    2 slides; pictures of the presidents in a motorcade taken from outside the car

  • 2
    12-13
    National Christmas Tree,
    December 1974

    18 slides; photographs of the tree lit up at night with National Mall landmarks in the background

  • 2
    13-14
    National Parks Service,
    June 1973 - March 1974

    19 slides; photographs of mounted park rangers and other National Parks Service officials

  • 2
    14-18
    Richard M. Nixon and Family,
    1968-1974

    94 slides total (89 in this box); includes a photograph of Richard and Pat Nixon with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson from November 1968, early press conference photographs, Nixon with Russian President Leonid Brezhnev and Secretary of State Henry Kissinger in June 1973, Nixon's 1974 State of the Union Speech, Nixon speaking at the Nevada Association on November 8, 1973, family photographs of Pat Nixon and the kids

  • 3
    1
    Richard M. Nixon and Family,
    November 1973

    94 slides total (5 in this box); Pat Nixon and the kids

  • 3
    1-3
    Ronald Reagan's Inauguration,
    January 1981

    39 slides; includes photographs of parade marchers and spectators outside the Capitol, protestors with antinuclear signs, the presidential motorcade, crowds gathered outside the White House for Reagan's inauguration speech, and fireworks outside the Washington Monument

  • 3
    3
    Washington, DC Aerial Shots,
    1966-1975

    15 slides; photographs of DC from over the Potomac and National Mall during the day and night, including six photographs from December 1975 taken by Herman B. Saines

  • 3
    3-6
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks and Scenery,
    1968-1974

    32 slides; photographs of sites in DC, Northern Virginia and Maryland, including Arlington Cemetery, Ford Theatre, Fairfax Courthouse, the Springfield Mall, Haupt Fountain, downtown beautification, the George Washington Parkway, Botanic Gardens, Fairfax High School and Court House, and the Jack Warner Farm

  • 3
    6
    Washington, DC Area Parks,
    1967-1974

    16 slides; includes LaFayette Park in DC, the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, Glen Echo Park, Lady Bird Johnson Park, Rock Creek Park, Shenandoah National Park, and Wakefield Park

  • 3
    6-8
    Washington, DC Area Universities,
    1966-1981

    37 slides; includes George Mason University, Georgetown, George Washington, Northern Virginia Community College (NoVA), and Shenandoah University

  • 3
    8
    Washington, DC Rallies and Festivals,
    1967-1974

    11 slides; Bike Day, Human Kindness Day, Cherry Blossom Festival, a country fair, and a McIntyre Rally

  • 3
    8-12
    Washington Monument,
    1969-1977

    82 slides; photographs of the monument in different seasons, across the Potomac, with cherry blossoms, with the moon in the background at night, under fireworks, and behind Christmas tree lights

  • 3
    12-13
    Washington Senators Baseball Games,
    1969-1971

    22 slides; includes pictures from a 1969 game with Richard Nixon in attendance and the Senators' final game in September 1971 with fans holding up signs protesting the team's dissolution

  • 3
    13-14
    White House,
    1970-1977

    13 slides; includes an aerial shot, photographs with flowers surrounding the White House fountain, pictures of the White House interior, and an illustration of the White House under snowfall

  • 3
    15
    Wolf Trap,
    1967-1982

    34 slides; includes pictures of young park employees at Wolf Trap and aerial shots of the Wolf Trap concert hall from before and after the fire of 1982

Series 2: 55mm Slides,
1965-1976
(1.5 boxes)

This series contains 131 large-format color 55mm slides documenting scenery and beautification in the Washington, DC area. Like Series 1, it includes slides of such landmarks as the Capitol, Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, Washington Monument, and various parks in different seasons with tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms in the foreground. The series also includes slides of tourists at Oxon Hill Farm in Maryland, hikers on the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and marchers at a 1969 anti-war demonstration.

  • 4
    1-5
    Capitol Building,
    1966-1975

    17 slides; pictures of the Capitol in different seasons, with flowers in the foreground, an aerial shot at night, on 4th of July with fireworks, and behind a Native American man with traditional headdress on horseback

  • 4
    5-7
    Lincoln Memorial,
    1969-1970

    9 slides; pictures of memorial interior and exterior at dusk and nightfall, some of which include the Washington monument

  • 4
    7-9
    National Christmas Tree,
    1970-1976

    8 slides; aerial shots and close-ups of the tree and surrounding area lit up at night, including the White House and Washington Monument

  • 4
    9-11
    National Park Service Mounted Ranger,
    March 1974

    7 slides; mounted park ranger photographed outside the Capitol with tourists in the background

  • 4
    11-19
    Nature Scenes,
    1965-1974

    36 slides; locations include Assateague Island, the Castle Geyser in Yellowstone National Park, and coyotes and elks at an undisclosed location

  • 4
    19-23
    Tourists, Hikers and Protesters,
    1965-1975

    17 slides; subjects include a boy hunting deer, children petting ponies and bunny rabbits at Oxon Hill Farm, tourists posing near flowers in a newly beautified downtown DC, hikers at the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal, and marchers at the 1969 "Moratorium" peace protest photographed from the Washington Monument

  • 4
    23
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks,
    1969

    1 slide (23 total); Arlington National Cemetery

  • 5
    1-5
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks,
    1966-1974

    22 slides (23 total); photographs of various monuments, buildings, and beautification in the District of Columbia; specific landmarks include, the Department of Interior Building and Bolivar Square with white tulips, the Infantry Statue in President's Park, tidal basin views of the Jefferson Memorial and Washington Monument, Arlington National Cemetery, the Iwo Jima Statue, Sherman Statue, Pershing Square, the Kennedy Center at night, the White House, Wolf Trap, and the YWCA interior

  • 5
    5-9
    Washington Monument,
    1969-1975

    14 slides; longshots and close-up photographs of the monument in daylight, nightfall, and springtime with cherry blossoms

Series 3: Color Negatives,
1957-1979
(10 pages)

This series consists of 65 color photographic negatives, ranging in size from 60mm to 5" X 7", which document various Washington, DC area landmarks and politicians. Subjects include the Capitol, a Cherry Blossom Festival from the early 1970s, and several Republican politicians, including senators Carl T. Curtis and Strom Thurmond and governors George Dewey Clyde of Utah, Goodwin Knight of California, and Robert Eben Smylie of Idaho.

  • 5
    10-13
    Capitol Building,
    1970s

    23 transparencies; photographs of the Capitol in the summer and winter, including one picture taken during the American Agriculture Movement farm strike featuring tractors with protest signs lined up outside the Capitol

  • 5
    13-14
    Cherry Blossoms,
    circa 1974

    10 transparencies on five strips of film; photographs from across the tidal basin of the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, and Washington Monument with cherry blossom trees; some include tourists walking around and taking pictures

  • 5
    15-16
    Congressmen and Governors,
    circa 1957-1961

    7 transparencies; photographs of governors in cars at a Republican parade including George Dewey Clyde of Utah, Goodwin Knight of California, and Robert Eben Smylie of Idaho; photographs of senators Carl T. Curtis and Strom Thurmond and an unidentified politician standing next to James Earl Fraser's "Guardianship" statue outside the National Archives

  • 5
    17-19
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks,
    1970s

    25 transparencies; includes photographs of the beautified exterior of the Department of Interior building, the Kennedy Center, the Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland, Northern Virginia Community College (NoVA), the Washington Monument, and the YMCA

Series 4: Large Format Negatives,
1950s-1970s
(0.5 box)

This series contains 137 black-and-white 4" X 5" negatives with dozens from the 1950s and 1960s. Subjects include former presidents Dwight D. Eisenhower, John F. Kennedy, Richard Nixon, and several former US congressmen. The series also contains negatives of Washington, DC monuments and of political events such as Eisenhower's inauguration and a 1953 congressional baseball game. Other subjects include the National Society Daughters of the American Revolution (NSDAR) and the Izaak Walton League of America (IWLA).

  • 5
    20-25
    Capitol Building,
    circa 1956

    23 negatives; includes photographs of the Capitol with stacks of lumber for the construction of a platform and photographs of Jack and Jane Rottier standing in front of the Capitol with their baby daughter, Jane, and their baby son, Ross

  • 5
    25-29
    Congressional Baseball Game,
    June 5, 1953

    15 negatives

  • 5
    29-30
    Congressmen,
    circa 1953-1960

    6 negatives; Hamer Budge of Idaho and George Harrison Bender of Ohio

  • 5
    31-38
    Dwight D. Eisenhower,
    circa 1953-1961

    29 slides; subjects include an inaugural ball and inauguration parade with floats, Eisenhower speaking at a podium, and a group of men (possibly from the National Parks Service) presenting Eisenhower with a plaster Smokey the Bear; photographs from the inaugural events do not actually feature Eisenhower but do feature a number of politicians and others of unspecified occupation; at the ball, these include Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Brown, Mr. and Mrs. William Fissel, Congressman John Keuezyuski; at the parade, they include Fred Kelly with a Washington apple tree float, C. L. Fuller of Maine with a "Balanced Economy" float and Philip Holden with a Puerto Rico float

  • 5
    38
    Izaak Walton League Field Trial,
    undated

    2 negatives; five IWL members posing outside with two dogs and trophies

  • 5
    38-40
    John F. Kennedy swearing in Franklin Roosevelt, Jr.,
    circa 1961-1963

    7 negatives; swearing in FDR, Jr. possibly for the position of either Under-Secretary of Commerce or Chairman of the President's Appalachian Regional Commission

  • 5
    40-41
    National Society Daughters of the American Revolution,
    undated

    4 negatives; NSDAR Lobby Pages

  • 5
    41-42
    Richard M. Nixon,
    December 20, 1973

    6 slides; pictures feature Nixon walking into his car, relaxing with his golden retriever at the ranch, shaking his daughter Patricia's hand, and walking to a helicopter accompanied by a man holding an umbrella over his head

  • 5
    43
    Washington, DC Aerial Shots,
    March 1, 1966

    4 negatives; aerial photographs of the National Mall and the Jefferson Memorial

  • 5
    44-52
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks and Scenery,
    1950s-1960s

    31 negatives; photographs of the Jefferson Memorial, Lincoln Memorial, the Kennedy Center, Mt. Vernon, the Iwo Jima Statue, and the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier as well as some photographs of Washington, DC at night

Series 5: Small Format Negatives,
1960s-1970s, bulk 1970-1976
(0.5 box)

This series contains 400 color and black-and-white 35mm negatives documenting Washington, DC area culture and politics. Subjects covered include Richard Nixon and Gerald Ford, various Washington, DC area landmarks, a 1971 Cherry Blossom Festival pageant, the Washington Senators' last baseball game in September 1971, and a Wolf Trap concert hall opening also in 1971. The series also contains negatives of Jack Rottier and his family, Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower, and Liz Taylor and John Warner at a fundraiser in Gunston Hall.

  • 6
    1
    Cherry Blossom Festival,
    April 1971

    34 color negatives on 7 strips; pageant featuring young ladies from different states and countries with audience and orchestra

  • 6
    1-2
    Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner,
    March 17, 1978

    17 black-and-white negatives on 4 strips; Liz Taylor and John Warner at a fundraiser in Gunston Hall

  • 6
    2-3
    Gerald Ford,
    November 28, 1973 and November 2, 1976

    40 black-and-white negatives on 14 strips; includes photographs from a reception in the Senate Caucus Room (1973) and several black-and-white and color photographs without dates

  • 6
    3
    Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower,
    May 11, 1974

    16 black-and-white negatives on 7 strips; photographs of Julie and David Eisenhower speaking under a gazebo-like structure outside and 4 photographs of David Eisenhower with journalist Trude Feldman

  • 6
    3-5
    Miscellaneous People and Places,
    1960s-1970s

    61 negatives total

    • 1.
      Unidentified,
      undated

      4 black-and-white negatives; 2 of men in military uniforms outside building, 1 of a woman standing outside building, and 1 of a group of women and men walking outside

    • 2.
      The Dandy Cruiser,
      1970s

      18 color negatives on 6 strips; interior shots of the Dandy cruise ship on the Potomac with various unidentified subject sitting around tables

    • 3.
      Jack and Jane Rottier with Family,
      1970s

      11 color negatives on 7 strips; photographs of the Rottier family posing by bare trees on the side of the road, probably in the DC area

    • 4.
      Republican Congressional Candidates at Rally,
      early 1970s

      17 black-and-white negatives on 6 strips; includes Senators Frank Church and John Connally and Nixon Press Secretary Ron Zeigler

    • 5.
      Women Preparing Party,
      undated

      11 black-and-white negatives on 3 strips; includes a woman in costume descending a staircase, possibly in the White House, women in white uniforms with what looks like large Easter eggs, and a woman talking to Trude Feldman

  • 6
    5-9
    Richard Nixon,
    1971-1973

    92 negatives total

    • 1.
      Nixon Holding Press Conference,
      March 4, 1971

      18 black-and-white negatives on 4 strips

    • 2.
      Nixon Receiving Award for Funding Research to Prevent Blindness,
      March 8, 1971

      4 black-and-white negatives on 1 strip

    • 3.
      Nixon at White House Dedication in the Blue Room,
      undated

      7 black-and-white negatives on 2 strips

    • 4.
      First Lady Pat Nixon Speaking at Republican Women's Conference,
      circa 1972

      6 black-and-white negatives on 1 strip; photographs also feature Richard Nixon

    • 5.
      Nixon Landing in Helicopter,
      early 1970s

      8 color negatives on 4 strips; crowd awaiting Nixon's arrival outside the Washington Monument

    • 6.
      Nixon Talking to Young Couple from the White House Office,
      January 21, 1971

      3 black-and-white negatives on 1 strip

    • 7.
      Nixon with Israeli Prime Minister Golda Meier,
      circa 1971

      2 black-and-white negatives on 1 strip

    • 8.
      Nixon with Israeli Prime Minister Zalman Shazar,
      March 8, 1971

      8 black-and-white negatives on 2 strips

    • 9.
      Nixon with Race Cars,
      September 28, 1971

      15 black-and-white negatives on 4 strips

    • 10.
      Nixon Inauguration,
      January 20, 1973

      12 color slides on 7 strips; at the Kennedy Center; pictures include Congressmen Jim Rubin and Art Lamb

    • 11.
      Nixon Press Conference,
      January 20, 1973

      8 color negatives on 2 strips

  • 6
    9-10
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks and Scenery,
    1970-1975

    49 negatives total

    • 1.
      Burke Lake with Geese,
      undated

      5 negatives on 2 strips (2 black and white and 3 color)

    • 2.
      Columbia Island Marina with Daffodils,
      April 13, 1971

      11 color negatives on 4 strips

    • 3.
      Lady Bird Johnson Park,
      April 18, 1970

      4 color negatives on 3 strips

    • 4.
      Capitol Building,
      March 1, 1975

      6 negatives on 2 strips (4 color and 2 black and white)

    • 5.
      Washington Monument,
      October 24, 1970

      4 black-and-white negatives on 1 strip

    • 6.
      Tomb of the Unknown Soldier,
      undated

      2 color negatives on 1 strip

    • 7.
      Unidentified Landmarks,
      undated

      17 color negatives on 6 strips

  • 6
    10-11
    Washington Senators' Last Baseball Game,
    September 30, 1971

    60 negatives on 19 strips (40 color, 20 black and white)

  • 6
    11-12
    Wolf Trap Opening,
    1971

    32 color negatives on 11 strips; outdoor photographs of guests in formal attire eating dinner and a crowd of spectators at the Wolf Trap Filene Center opening

Series 6: Medium Format Negatives,
circa 1966-1976
(0.5 box)

This series contains 475 black-and-white and color 120 film negatives depicting politics, culture, and beautification in Washington, DC. Subjects include Betty and Gerald Ford, John F. Kennedy and Jackie Kennedy, Lady Bird Johnson and National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro, Chuck Robb and Lynda Bird Johnson, Pat and Richard Nixon, Harry Truman, Spiro Agnew, and Mamie Eisenhower. Also included are negatives of Washington area landmarks, several US senators, a 1970 Washington Metro signing, and an Association of Federal Investigators award ceremony.

  • 6
    13-18
    Association of Federal Investigators Award Ceremony,
    September 22

    47 black-and-white negatives; no year provided

  • 6
    19-22
    Beautification of Washington, DC,
    circa 1966-1975

    36 color negatives of the Capitol, the National Mall, and Columbia Island Marina with tulips and daffodils in the foreground

  • 6
    23-26
    Betty Ford and Family with Trude Feldman,
    February 1, 1974

    27 black-and-white negatives of Betty Ford and her daughter, Susan, at an interview with White House correspondent, Trude Feldman

  • 6
    26-28
    Capitol Building,
    circa 1966-1976

    19 color and black-and-white negatives of the Capitol, several of which feature people in traditional Native American and cowboy attire commemorating the bicentennial of the American Revolution

  • 6
    29-30
    Gerald Ford,
    November 28, 1973

    15 black-and-white negatives featuring Ford signing a newsletter for Mary Lou Domick in the Senate Caucus Room, Gerald with Betty Ford at an American Newspaper Women's Association event in her honor, and Ford at an interview with White House correspondent Trude Feldman

  • 6
    31
    Harry Truman,
    undated

    2 negatives of Truman at an interview with Trude Feldman

  • 6
    31-32
    Jimmy Carter Inaugural Ball at the Mayflower Hotel,
    January 20, 1977

    11 black-and-white negatives

  • 6
    32
    John F. Kennedy with Jackie Kennedy,
    circa 1961-1963

    2 black-and-white negatives of John and Jackie speaking at a podium outside, possibly on the White House lawn

  • 6
    32
    Kennedy Grave,
    undated

    4 black-and-white negatives of the Kennedy Grave at Custus Lee Mansion in Arlington

  • 6
    33-34
    Lady Bird Johnson,
    September 11, 1976 - October 29, 1970

    22 black-and-white and color negatives featuring Lady Bird at a book signing in 1970, walking in LBJ Park with National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro and Press Secretary Liz Carpenter, stepping off a bus in Watts, California, and a plaque she was awarded by the American Association of Nurserymen for her national beautification initiative

  • 6
    34
    Lynda Bird Johnson with Chuck Robb,
    undated

    5 black-and-white negatives

  • 6
    34-39
    Mamie Eisenhower,
    undated

    37 black-and-white negatives of the former First Lady at a birthday dinner; among those in attendance are Richard Nixon and White House correspondent Trude Feldman

  • 6
    40-44
    Miscellaneous People and Places,
    1964-1974
    • 1.
      Secretary of Interior Stewart Udall at Japanese Lantern Lighting,
      June 12, 1966

      5 black-and-white negatives

    • 2.
      Unidentified Outdoor Location with Hedge Maze,
      undated

      3 black-and-white negatives

    • 3.
      High School Band,
      undated

      4 color negatives

    • 4.
      Jack Rottier with Friends and Family,
      1964

      9 color negatives

    • 5.
      National Park Service Mounted Rangers,
      circa 1974

      13 color negatives of mounted park rangers posing in front of various buildings and monuments, including the White House, the Lincoln Memorial, and the Washington Monument

    • 6.
      Lady Bird Johnson Park,
      April 18, 1970

      4 color negatives on 3 strips

  • 6
    44-46
    Pat Nixon,
    May 13, 1969

    29 black-and-white negatives

  • 6
    46-48
    Richard Nixon,
    circa 1969-1974

    15 black-and-white negatives, including 13 of Nixon with Venezuelan President Rafael Caldera

  • 6
    48-49
    Senator B. Everett Jordan and Wife,

    9 color negatives of Jordan and his wife posing in front of the Capitol

  • 6
    49-50
    Senator James A. McClure,
    January 20, 1973

    17 black-and-white negatives of McClure and other politicians at Nixon's Inauguration

  • 6
    51-52
    Spiro Agnew's Birthday,
    November 9, circa 1969-1972

    19 black-and-white negatives of Agnew and others speaking at a party

  • 6
    52
    Trude Feldman,
    undated

    3 black-and-white negatives of White House correspondent Trude Feldman interviewing an unidentified person, probably a politician

  • 6
    53
    Washington, DC Aerial Shots,
    undated

    5 color negatives

  • 6
    53-61
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks and Scenery,

    77 color and black-and-white negatives of buildings in Washington, DC, northern Virginia, and Maryland; includes photographs of Washington, DC monuments in different seasons with flowers and cherry blossoms in the foreground

    • 1.
      Columbia Island Marina

      7 black-and-white negatives of boats frozen in the dock

    • 2.
      Dulles Airport

      3 black-and-white negatives

    • 3.
      Fredrick Douglas Home

      12 color negatives

    • 4.
      Jefferson Memorial

      3 color negatives

    • 5.
      Lincoln Memorial and Washington Monument

      11 negatives, ten color and one black and white

    • 6.
      Lincoln Museum

      10 color negatives of the museum interior

    • 7.
      Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland

      2 color negatives

    • 8.
      Springfield, Maryland Scenes
      1980

      25 black-and-white negatives of various sites in Springfield

    • 9.
      YWCA
      April 18, 1970

      4 color negatives

  • 6
    61-63
    Washington Metro Contract Signing,
    December 8, 1970

    14 black-and-white negatives of executives signing a Metro contract and men in hard hats at a construction site

  • 6
    63-66
    White House Children,
    December 5, 1972

    22 color and black-and-white negatives of children caroling in front of a Christmas tree, watching a turkey, and sitting by the fireplace with dogs

Series 7: Small Format Photographs,
1957-1983
(1 box)

This series contains 316 3.5" x 3.5" and 3.5" x 5" photographs, all in color except where specified. Subjects in this series include the beautification of Washington, DC, Lady Bird Johnson with National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro, National Capital Park rangers, and various Washington, DC area landmarks. Political figures in this series include Richard Nixon and Senators Carl T. Curtis, Leonard B. Jordan, and Strom Thurmond. Other subjects include a 1971 Cherry Blossom Festival pageant, a 1978 party of the National Geographic Society, and two of the last Washington Senators baseball games.

  • 7
    1-15
    Beautification of Washington, DC,
    1966-1981, bulk 1968-1970

    57 photographs featuring Washington area landmarks surrounded by tulips, daffodils, and cherry blossoms; sites include the Capitol, Washington Monument, Jefferson Memorial, Columbia Island Marina, and Pershing Square; people pictured include Jack Rottier's wife Jane Rottier and his daughters, Jane and Robin

  • 7
    15-20
    Boy Scouts of America Festival,
    October 1967

    23 photographs featuring boy scouts and crowds at an outdoor festival with music, totem poles, and people of various cultures dressed in traditional attire

  • 7
    21-24
    Celebrities,
    1971-1975
    • 1.
      Elizabeth Taylor and John Warner,
      after 1974

      2 black-and-white photographs (5" x 7"), one of Taylor and Warner speaking at an event and the other of their house in Atoka, Virginia

    • 2.
      Harden and Weaver,
      March 1975

      4 photographs of radio talk-show hosts Frank Harden and Jackson Weaver

    • 3.
      Bob Hope at the Ford Theatre,
      November 1971

      6 photographs

  • 7
    24-29
    Cherry Blossom Festival,
    April 1971

    19 photographs of a Cherry Blossom Festival pageant featuring young ladies from different states and countries with audience and orchestra

  • 7
    29-31
    Lady Bird Johnson,
    April-March 1968

    9 photographs; some featuring a plaque from the American Association of Nurserymen expressing appreciation to Lady Bird Johnson for her beautification efforts and others featuring Lady Bird Johnson dressed in yellow, strolling amid daffodils with National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro and Lady Bird's Press Secretary, Liz Carpenter

  • 7
    31-33
    Lincoln Museum,
    March 1968

    10 photographs of the museum's interior

  • 7
    34-36
    Miscellaneous Politicians and Performers,
    circa 1957-1966

    10 photographs; postcards of Senators Carl T. Curtis, Leonard B. Jordan and his wife, and Strom Thurmond; photographs of Governors George Dewey Clyde of Utah and Goodwin Knight of Californian in cars at a Republican parade; unspecified speakers or performers on the stage of the Ford Theatre

  • 7
    36-40
    National Geographic Society Party,
    September 1978

    16 photographs of NGS members in busy plaid suits and floral dresses sitting around tables and mingling

  • 7
    40-48
    National Capital Park Rangers,

    40 photographs of young National Park Service rangers, park police, and mounted rangers at the National Mall

  • 7
    48-56
    Richard M. Nixon,
    1969-1974

    29 photographs; includes photographs of the Nixon family landing in a helicopter awaited by a crowd of spectators, Nixon speaking at a press conference in 1970, Nixon sitting at a table with Secretary of State Henry Kissinger, Nixon's 1973 inaugural ball at the Kennedy Center, Nixon at a press conference answering a question by Dan Rather, and a black-and-white close-up of Nixon with King Hussein of Jordan

  • 7
    56-57
    Washington, DC Aerial Shots,
    November 1966

    5 photographs

  • 7
    58-72
    Washington, DC Area Landmarks,
    1960-1983

    56 photographs

    • 1.
      Capitol Building,
      May 1966

      15 photographs; includes three pictures of Senator Leonard B. Jordan with his wife with the Capitol in the background

    • 2.
      Lincoln Memorial,
      1969-1970

      10 photographs of the interior and exterior during the day and night

    • 3.
      Reflecting Pool and Haupt Fountains,
      1969-1970

      12 photographs of the pool with geese and a woman posing by Haupt Fountain with the Washington Monument in the background

    • 4.
      Dulles Airport,
      undated

      3 black-and-white photographs

    • 5.
      Columbia Island Marina,
      undated

      7 black-and-white photographs of boats iced in at the marina dock

    • 6.
      Frederick Douglass Home,
      July 1969

      3 photographs of building exterior

    • 7.
      Unidentified Outdoor Location,
      July 1960

      1 photographs

    • 7.
      Mormon Temple in Kensington, Maryland,
      March 1975

      2 photographs

    • 7.
      YWCA,
      undated

      postcard of YWCA in downtown Washington, DC

    • 7.
      Wolf Trap,
      March 1983

      3 aerial shots of the burned down Filene Center concert hall at Wolf Trap following the 1982 fire

  • 7
    72-79
    Washington Senators Baseball Games,
    April-October 1971

    30 photographs, including pictures of prominent generals in the audience of an April 1971 game and pictures of fans rushing the field at the end of the team's final game on September 30, 1971

Series 8: Large Format Photographs,
1960-1974
(2 boxes)

This series contains 100 8" x 10" photographs of DC area political events and landmarks, all black and white except where specified. Political figures in this series include Dwight D. Eisenhower, Gerald and Betty Ford, and Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson. This series also contains photographs of various political rallies and demonstrations, including an officially organized 1970 anti-litter rally and the Poor People's Campaign in the spring of 1968.

  • 8
    1
    Dwight D. Eisenhower,
    undated

    1 photograph of a group of men (possibly from the National Parks Service) presenting Eisenhower with a plaster Smokey the Bear

  • 8
    2-4
    Gerald and Betty Ford,
    undated

    3 copies of a photograph of Gerald and Betty Ford looking at an article on Gerald Ford

  • 8
    5-12
    Lady Bird Johnson,
    circa 1966-1974

    7 photographs including a dedication at the LBJ Memorial Grove Monolith, a color photograph of Lady Bird on a Ferris Wheel with Chuck Robb, and several pictures of Lady Bird Johnson walking and talking to people outside, including her Press Secretary, Liz Carpenter, National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro, and DC Mayor Walter Washington

  • 8
    13-14
    Lyndon B. Johnson,
    1963

    2 photographs; one of Johnson accepting an award from the Department of Commerce in 1963 and another of Johnson shaking a girl's hand

  • 8
    15-17
    Miscellaneous People,
    circa 1960s-1973

    3 photographs; one color photograph of a young National Park's Service ranger (1973), a black-and-white photograph of the Chesapeake and Ohio Canal Association, and a black-and-white photograph of Jack Rottier posing in front of the Capitol

  • 8
    18-39
    Political Events,
    circa 1968-1970
    • 1.
      Anti-Litter Demonstration,
      September 23, 1970

      2 photographs of public officials surrounded by school children with signs stating keep America clean

    • 2.
      Ground Breaking Ceremonies,
      circa 1968-1970

      3 photographs; one photograph depicts four women, including Tricia Nixon, ceremonially shoveling dirt onto a canvas square, and the following photograph shows one of them shaking hands with National Capital Parks Director Nash Castro; the third photograph shows an official ground-breaking ceremony near the Washington Monument

    • 3.
      Parade with "Up with People" Float,
      circa 1969

      1 photograph of a parade on Pennsylvania Avenue, possibly for Richard Nixon's 1969 Inauguration, featuring a float of the motivational musical performers "Up With People"

    • 4.
      Fireworks,
      undated

      1 photograph of people watching fireworks, probably on the 4th of July

    • 5.
      Poor People's Campaign,
      May-June 1968

      15 photographs; subjects include police with scooters and dozens of demonstrators, including Coretta Scott King and members of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), women marchers from the Nationwide Welfare Rights Organization, and the Washington, DC chapter of the radical sixties counterculture group "Up Against the Wall Motherfuckers"; also included are close-ups and aerial shots of the protesters' squatter settlement on the National Mall known as "Resurrection City"

  • 9
    1-15
    Richard M. Nixon and Family,
    circa 1969-1971

    15 photographs; Nixon with his mother and First Lady Pat, a press conference from April 18, 1969, several black-and-white and color photographs of Pat Nixon, a color portrait of Richard Nixon from July 1970, and a color photograph of Richard and Pat Nixon with Lyndon and Lady Bird Johnson

  • 9
    16-57
    Washington, DC Landmarks,
    1960s-1970s

    43 photographs mostly in color; includes the Capitol building, a woman performing at the Ford Theatre, interior and exterior shots of the Jefferson Memorial and Lincoln Memorial, an old church, a statue of Theodore Roosevelt, a statue of Simon Bolivar, the Washington Monument, and the White House with Richard and Pat Nixon and others on the balcony

  • 9
    58-61
    Washington Senators Baseball Game with Eisenhower in Audience,
    April 18, 1960

    4 photographs at a Senators game featuring Dwight D. Eisenhower in the audience shaking hands with one of the players

Series 9: Oversize Photographs,
1960-1974
(1 box)

This series contains 5 11" x 14" photographs, including a photograph of the Washington Monument at night, aerial shots of the Jefferson Memorial and White House, a portrait of John F. Kennedy in the Oval Office, and a photograph of Lady Bird Johnson planting flowers as part of her Washington, DC beautification initiative.

  • 10
    1
    Jefferson Memorial Aerial Shot,
    1974

    color photograph

  • 10
    2
    John F. Kennedy,
    January 21, 1961

    black-and-white portrait of Kennedy sitting in the Oval Office

  • 10
    3
    Lady Bird Johnson Flower-Planting Ceremony,
    circa 1963-1968

    black-and-white photograph of Lady Bird Johnson kneeling over a plot of land and digging out soil with a garden shovel to plant tulip or daffodil seeds; DC Mayor Walter Washington is standing behind her waving to a crowd of African American elementary-school students holding a sign with illustrated instructions for planting flowers

  • 10
    4
    Washington Monument,
    1974

    color photograph of the monument at night from the tidal basin

  • 10
    5
    White House Aerial Shot,
    1974

    color photograph

Significant Persons Associated With the Collection

  • Eisenhower, Dwight D. (Dwight David), 1890-1969--Photographs.
  • John M. (Jack) Rottier, 1910-1988
  • Johnson, Lady Bird, 1912-2007--Photographs.
  • Johnson, Lyndon B. (Lyndon Baines), 1908-1973--Photographs.
  • Nixon, Pat, 1912-1993--Photographs.
  • Nixon, Richard M. (Richard Milhous), 1913-1994--Photographs.

Significant Places Associated With the Collection

  • Mall, The (Washington, D.C.)--Photographs.
  • Washington (D.C.)--Photographs.