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Britt, Peter, 1819-1905



Born in Obslalden, Switzerland, Peter (1819-1905) was the second son of Jacob Britt. At the age of 27 he went to America and became a citizen in 1850 in Indiana. He studied daguerreotyping in St. Louis under an early-day photographer, J.H. Fitzgibbon. Britt crossed the plains in 1852 with his camera to settle in Jacksonville.

He opened a studio (see photo 24-21) in 1854 to become one of the first studio daguerreographers in Oregon. W.H. Jennings of Oregon City was first in 1851. Although best known as the leading northwest photographer, Britt was a civic minded person. He owned land (almost 2,000 acres at one time), became a leading horticulturist, a mine owner, a money lender, and a good friend of Chinese laborers.

He retired in 1900 to spend more of his time with oil painting and in the greenhouse. In 1861, he married Amalia Grob (1822-1871), a widow with one son, Jacob (1854-1896). They had three children, Emil (1862-1950), Arnold (1864, aged three months), Amalia (1865-1954). None were ever married. Peter Britt attended the 1905 Lewis and Clark Expedition and there contracted a cold that led to pneumonia and his death later that year.

Found in 1569 Collections and/or Records:

A, 18uu

 Sub-Series — Box: 01, Folder: 01
Identifier: MSS003:01.01
Scope and Contents

Twelve photographs.

Dates: 18uu

A camp scene with firearms, many people, Annie Creek Canyon, near Crater Lake

 Digital Image

A. Chale and family, March 1886

 Sub-Group — Box: 02, Folder: 02, Object: 01
Identifier: MSS003:01.14.01
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Twenty four photographs.

Dates: March 1886

A. Chale, his wife, and child, portrait

 Digital Image

A. Cody – Cemetery Plot, 18uu

 Sub-Group — Box: 02, Folder: 02, Object: 10
Identifier: MSS003:01.14.10
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Twenty four photographs.

Dates: 18uu

A. Elliott, 18uu

 Sub-Group — Box: 02, Folder: 07, Object: 04
Identifier: MSS003:01.19.04
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Twenty photographs.

Dates: 18uu

A. Elliott boy, portrait in a plaid suit

 Digital Image

A. K. Hana, boy, December 1887

 Sub-Group — Box: 02, Folder: 10, Object: 04
Identifier: MSS003:01.22.04
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Twenty seven photographs.

Dates: December 1887

A. L. (Ashba Logan) Johnson, June 1888

 Sub-Group — Box: 02, Folder: 15, Object: 16
Identifier: MSS003:01.27.16
Scope and Contents From the Sub-Series:

Thrity two photographs.

Dates: June 1888

A. L. (Ashba Logan) Johnson, portrait

 Digital Image

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Archival Object 791
Digital Record 777
Collection 1
Photographs 1568
Individuals -- Portraits -- Southern Oregon 1111
Children -- portraits -- Southern Oregon 298
Homes and haunts 62
Jacksonville (Or.) 42