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Bill Rhoades Northwest Art Archive

Identifier: WUA062

Scope and Contents

The Bill Rhoades Northwest Art Archive is a collection of artifacts, interviews, photographs and printed materials from a wide variety of Northwest artists. Bill Rhoades has been an advocate for Northwest Art since before 1997, when he began donating collected artworks to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. In addition to collecting and donating artwork, Rhoades has collected printed materials, interviews, artifacts, and correspondence that highlight Northwest artists and their work. This Archive includes the work of Northwest sculptors, painters, printmakers, and photographers. Also included are newsletters and exhibition materials from institutions such as the Portland Art Museum, the Fountain Gallery of Art and the Seattle Art Dealers Association. Along with the representation of Northwest art, are photographs and correspondence with Rhoades and his family and friends covering topics of dogs, travel, and hunting.


  • 1940-2016
  • Majority of material found within 1960-2016


Language of Materials

Materials are in English.

Conditions Governing Access

This 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.

Copyright Information: Before material from collections at Willamette University Archives and Special Collections may be quoted in print, or otherwise reproduced, in whole or in part, in any publication, permission must be obtained from (1) the owner of the physical property, and (2) the holder of the copyright. It is the particular responsibility of the researcher to obtain both sets of permission. Persons wishing to quote from materials in any collections held by University Archives and Special Collections should consult the University Archivist. Reproduction of any item must contain a complete citation to the original.

Biographical Note

Bill Rhoades is a collector of Northwest Art, residing in Central Oregon. He is a native Oregonian and outdoors-man. Rhoades' interest in art collecting includes American Indian basketry and modern Northwest prints and paintings. In 1997, he made arrangements with Roger Hull, Professor Emeritus of Art History at Willamette University, to begin making donations of art to the Hallie Ford Museum of Art. His donations include works by Jack McLarty, Coralee Popp, John Stahl and Manuel Izquierdo. Rhoades' goal in 1997 was to donate at least 100 works of art to the Hallie Ford Museum. By 2005 he had already accomplished and exceeded that goal.


10 Linear Feet (15 boxes)


The Bill Rhoades Northwest Art Archive is a representation of Northwest artists and their work ranging from 1940 to 2013. The Archive consists of correspondence, interviews, printed material, and photographs that Bill Rhoades has collected about Northwest artists.


This collection is arranged into five series: Series I. Correspondence; Series II. Interviews; Series III. Printed Materials; Series IV. Photographs; and Series V. Artifacts. Materials maintain original order where it could be determined; in alphabetical order and/or chronologically.

Physical Location

Mark O. Hatfield Library

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift of Bill Rhoades, 2010, 2012, and 2014.


Guide to the Bill Rhoades Northwest Art Archive, 1940-2014
Finding aid processed by Ashley Toutain.
© 2014
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Language of description note
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