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Finding Aid to the Lonnie H. Wilson Photograph Archive, approximately 1950-1985
BANC PIC 1992.029  
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Documentary photography by photojournalist Lonnie Wilson, chiefly comprising news negatives from Oakland, Berkeley, and other locations in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Paraphrase from Wilson's obituary in the San Francisco Chronicle, Saturday, October 15, 1988: Lonnie Wilson, an award-winning photographer for the Oakland Tribune for 47 years, died October 14, 1988. He was 71. A native of Georgia's Henry County, Mr. Wilson joined the Tribune in 1940 after working as a wire photo operator for Associated Press. When he retired in January 1988, he had long been chief photographer for the Tribune. "Lonnie Wilson was an indefatigable warrior, an inspiration to his colleagues," said Robert C. Maynard, editor and president of the Tribune. "The work and presence of this great veteran will be sorely missed." Mr. Wilson grew up in Atlanta and attended the Georgia Evening School of Technology. After joining the Tribune, he was drafted into the Army in 1941. He served as a photographer for Yank magazine, traveling to Guadalcanal, Fiji, Okinawa, Samoa and other areas in World War II. During his career, he won awards from the National Press Photographers Association, San Francisco Press Club, California Press Photographers and numerous other groups.
115,000 photographs 100 boxes (approximately 115,000 items, chiefly negatives and 300 photographic prints) : chiefly b&w, some color ; various sizes
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