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Donovan Olson Colombia Photograph Album, ca. 1935-1943.
Bernath Mss 252
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Donovan Olson Colombia Photograph Album, ca. 1935-1943


Olson, Donovan., creator


Online Archive of California


Album of several hundred black and white snapshots, with typescript captions in English, compiled by the son of a missionary family posted to Colombia. Includes many images of the Cali and Bogota areas; also some of Costa Rica, El Salvador, Panama Canal, Cuba and the United States. The photos span the time between Olson's youth in Colombia and Costa Rica; school years back in the U.S. (Minnesota and Nebraska); vacations in California, Arizona, Colorado, Wyoming, Florida; and ending with marriage and military service during World War II. Photos feature many fellow student, teacher, and family portraits; scenic views, including volcanoes and mountains; markets, churches, street scenes; local peoples; automobiles and mountain roads; pack mules; men in military uniforms.


1935 (issued)


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Olson family
Soldiers -- United States
Colombia -- Pictorial works
Costa Rica -- Pictorial works
Minnesota -- Pictorial works
Nebraska -- Pictorial works
Florida -- Pictorial works
Yellowstone National Park -- Pictorial works
California -- Pictorial works
Grand Canyon (Ariz.) -- Pictorial works
El Salvador -- Pictorial works
Panama Canal (Panama) -- Pictorial works
Havana (Cuba) -- Pictorial works


Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Purchase, 2007.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.
Cite as: [Identification of item], Donovan Olson Colombia Photograph Album. Bernath Mss 252. Department of Special Collections, Davidson Library, University of California, Santa Barbara.


Photograph albums.

Physical Description:

.2 linear ft.






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Use of the collection is unrestricted.
Use governed by UCSB Special Collections policy.