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Bonnie and Roger Hull collection on Myra Albert Wiggins

Identifier: WUA063

Scope and Contents

This collection documents Bonnie and Roger Hull's findings on Myra Albert Wiggins. It includes a mix of both Wiggins' work as well as the Hull's material on Wiggins. Among Wiggins' materials are photocopies of correspondence with Alfred Stieglitz gathered from the Yale University Library and Frances Benjamin Johnston letters gathered from the Library of Congress. There are also Christmas Letters created from Wiggins' artwork sent to family and friends. Wiggins' materials also include copies and printed works of writings as well as original and copied photographs of Wiggins' artwork.

This collection also includes the correspondence, notes, exhibition materials, and articles of Bonnie and Roger Hull pertaining to Wiggins. Correspondence within the collection includes Bonnie Hull's letter to Mildred Benz, daughter of Myra Wiggins. Hull acknowledges her interest in using Wiggins' artwork for an upcoming exhibition as well as interest in learning more about Wiggins. Drafts and published copies of Roger Hull's article, "Myra Wiggins and Helen Gatch: Conflicts in American Pictorialism" is included, along with a time line Roger created to place Myra Wiggins' life in the context of the world of photography.


  • 1903-2004


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

Collection is open to researchers.

Conditions Governing Use

Library acts as “fair use” reproduction agent.

For further information, see the section on copyright in the Regulations and Procedures of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections.

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Historical Note

Myra Albert Wiggins (1869-1956) was a successful photographer and painter who grew up in Salem, Oregon and attended Willamette University and Mills College. She studied painting at the Art Students League in New York from 1891-1894. She continued as a painter and photographer in Salem as well as Seattle and Toppenish, Washington. In 1903 Alfred Stieglitz, one of the most important photographers of the time admitted her as a member of Photo-Secession. Photo-Secession was an opportunity for photographers to unite in the common cause of promoting photography as art. Wiggins additionally wrote articles for many magazines concerning photography and was featured in exhibitions throughout the United States including the National Gallery in Washington, D.C and the National Academy in New York.

Salem artist Bonnie Hull began her research on Myra Wiggins in 1973, with the intention of writing articles and creating an exhibition on Wiggins. Bonnie curated Myra Albert Wiggins, Pictorialist, Photo-Secessionist: An Exhibition of Photographs for the Willamette University Art Department in 1976. Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Willamette University, later wrote the article, "Myra Wiggins and Helen Gatch: Conflicts in American Pictorialism" concerning Wiggins' role in American pictorial photography. Roger curated two exhibitions of Wiggins's work at the Hallie Ford Museum of Art: Describing: The Still Life Paintings of Myra Albert Wiggins (2004) and Myra Albert Wiggins: A Photographer's Life (2015). The latter included photographs from the Hallie Ford Museum collection and archival materials from the Pacific Northwest Artists Archive.


1 Linear Feet (3 boxes)


This collection comprises research materials that Bonnie and Roger Hull collected about Myra Albert Wiggins. Materials include copies of Wiggins' photographs and correspondence as well as materials relating to exhibitions and articles.


Items retain original order.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bonnie and Roger Hull, 2008.

Related Materials

For Myra Albert Wiggins' personal papers, see the Guide to the Myra Albert Wiggins papers.

Physical Facet

Includes both original material and photocopied material.


Guide to the Bonnie and Roger Hull collection on Myra Albert Wiggins, 1903-2004
Finding aid processed by Ashley Toutain.
© 2014
Description rules
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.

Repository Details

Part of the Willamette University Archives and Special Collections Collection Descriptions

Mark O. Hatfield Library
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 United States