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Over 800 historical photographs collected or taken by Kyle Laughlin and donated to the Library in 1985. A Moscow resident and businessman for over 50 years, Laughlin took photographs and notes regarding the natural history of the northwest for much of his life.

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University of Idaho, 1959
Looking northwest from Administration building on the University of Idaho Moscow campus.

University of Idaho, Kappa Sigma house, 1959
Kappa Sigma house on the University of Idaho Moscow campus

Moscow (Idaho), store front, 1959 or 1960
A store front in Moscow Idaho

Snake River (Idaho and Or.), 1944
Aerial view of Snake River through Hell's Canyon.

Seven Devils (Idaho), 1944
Aerial view of Seven Devils

Palouse Falls
Palouse Falls; No filter used

Whitman monument
Whitman monument

Elks golf course
Creek at the Elks golf course

Bill Olson's ranch
View of trees east of Bill Olson's ranch

Palouse Cotton
View of ""Palouse Cotton""

Trees, 1960
Scenic view of the foothills of the Cascade Mountains.

Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park, Petroglyphs, 1960
Petroglyphs at Ginkgo Petrified Forest State Park near Vantage, Washington.

Washington State capitol building, 1960
Washington State capitol building located in Olympia, Washington.

Little Salmon River (Idaho), 1960
Scenic view of the Little Salmon River with snow capped mountains in the background.

Rock Island Dam on Columbia River (Wash.), 1960
Rock Island Dam on the Columbia River in Chelan County Washington.

Grand Coulee Dam (Wash.), 1960
Grand Coulee Dam

Freezeout Saddle (Idaho), 1960
George Woodbury and W.H. Baker by dead tree on Freezeout Saddle in the Clearwater Mountains, Idaho.

Freezeout Saddle (Idaho), 1960
View of Freezeout Saddle, in the Clearwater Mountains, Idaho.

Drawings by Robert Hatch (Idaho), 1960
Copy prints a drawing by Robert Hatch of Idaho for book plate

Lochsa River (Idaho), 1960
Looking up the Lochsa River near Jay Creek not far below Powell Ranger Station

Lochsa River (Idaho), 1960
Lochsa River

Salmon River (Idaho), 1960
Looking up Salmon River just below Whitebird

Moscow (Idaho), 1960
Aerial view of Moscow, Idaho. Eastgate

Shoshone Falls (Idaho), 1960
Aerial view of Shoshone Falls

Lewis and Clark canoe at Spalding (Idaho), 1938
Lewis and Clark canoe at Spalding

Palouse Falls (Wash.), 1940
Palouse Falls

Salmon River (Idaho), 1935
Salmon River

Edward Laughlin, 1938
Edward "Dad" Laughlin

Moscow (Idaho)[?], 1959
Scenic view around Moscow, Idaho[?].

Weitas Creek (Idaho), 1959
Man fishing on Weitas Creek.

North Fork of Clearwater River near Elizabeth Creek (Idaho), 1959
North Fork of Clearwater River near Elizabeth Creek

Unidentified Lake (Mont.), 1959
Lake on Montana side of the divide

Bannack (Mont.), Cemetery, 1959
Cemetery at Bannack, Montana

Bannack (Mont.), Log buildings, 1959
Old log building in Bannack, Montana

Brushy Creek (Idaho), 1959
Scenic view of Brushy Creek surrounded by a forest in Idaho.

Clark Fork River (Mont.), 1959
Scenic view of Clarks Fork River between the towns of Alberton and Superior in Montana.

Clark Fork River (Mont.), 1959
Scenic view of Clark Fork River between the towns of Alberton and Superior in Montana.

Sand Dunes (Idaho), 1960
View of sand dunes west and north of St. Anthony, Idaho

Yellow Bells, 1952
Yellow Bells

Gem (Idaho), Drugstore, 1961
View of a corner drugstore (has Gem in the name).

Acoma Village (N.M.), 1961
View of Acoma Village in New Mexico.

Acoma Village (N.M.), 1961
View of Acoma Village in New Mexico.

Enchanted Mesa, (N.M.), 1961
View of Enchanted Mesa in New Mexico.

Mongomery (Ala.) Capital, 1961
View of the capital building in Montgomery, Alabama.

Mississippi River and Missouri River, 1961
Aerial view of the confluence between the Mississippi River and Missouri River.

Jefferson City (Mo.), Capital building, 1961
View of capital building in Jefferson City, Missouri

Topeka (Kan.), Capital building, 1961
View of capital building in Topeka, Kansas

Little Bighorn Battlefield, 1961
View of the cemetery and Custer Battlefield at Little Bighorn in 1961.

Cheyenne (Wyo.), Captial building, 1961
View of capital building in Cheyenne, Wyoming

Weston (Or.), River valley, 1961
View of a river valley near Weston, Oregon

Weston (Or.), River valley, 1961
View of a river valley near Weston, Oregon

Denver (Colo.), Capital building, 1961
View of the capital building in Denver, Colorado.

Denver (Colo.), Capital building, 1961
View of the capital building in Denver, Colorado.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Unidentified river (Idaho), 1961
View of an unidentifed river in Idaho.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Lewiston (Idaho), Parade, 1961
View of the Lewiston Centennial parade in 1961.

Snake River (Wash.), 1961
Looking up the Snake River across the mouth of the Palouse River

Palouse Falls (Wash.), 1961
Distant view of the Palouse Falls.

Palouse Falls (Wash.), 1961
Near the Palouse Falls.

Steptoe Butte (Wash.), 1952
View of the Palouse and Steptoe Butte

Moscow (Idaho) from Paradise Ridge
View of Moscow from Paradise Ridge, looking southwest from ridge between Blaine and U.S. Hwy 98

Moscow (Idaho) from Paradise Ridge
View of Moscow from Paradise Ridge, looking southwest from ridge between Blaine and U.S. Hwy 98

Houseplant (Amarilis?)
View of a houseplant (Amarilis?)

Smokey (the dog)
Smokey (the dog)

Grass Widow, 1952
View of Grass Widow

Tomer's Butte, 1952
View of Tomer's Butte

Moscow (Idaho) from Tomer's Butte, 1952
View of Moscow from Tomer's Butte

Dog-Tooth Violet, 1952
View of Dog-Tooth Violet

Moscow Mountain (Idaho), 1952
View of Moscow Mountain

Lapwai Creek (Idaho), 1952
Lapwai Creek

Spalding (Idaho), 1952
Spalding Bridge across the Clearwater River

Pink Phlox, 1952
View of Pink Phlox

Clearwater at Cherry Lane, 1952
View of the Clearwater at Cherry Lane

Clearwater River, 1952
View of the mouth of the Clearwater River at the confluence with the Snake River

"Dad" Ward holding John and Helen Laughlin
Dad Ward, John and Helen Laughlin

Kyle Laughlin, 1938
Portrait of Kyle Laughlin.

Bird at game farm, 1938
Game Farm

Kay, Helen and John Laughlin, 1940
Picture of Kay, Helen and John Laughlin

Kay Laughlin at Christmas, 1937
Picture of Kay Laughlin and a dog next to a christmas tree

University of Idaho, Administration Building
Administration Building. University of Idaho

University of Idaho, Administration Building
Administration Building. Labeled "A frosty morn". University of Idaho

217 North Polk Street
House on 217 North Polk Street. Moscow, Idaho

Kyle Laughlin and family
Kyle Laughlin and family

Wheat in shock at the Kennard place
Wheat in shock at the Kennard place

Cat
Cat

Colter Creek
Colter Creek

Harvest at Floyd Trail's
Harvest at Floyd Trail's

Fishing
Fishing

Harvest scene with wagon
Images shows harvest scene with hay stacks with horses and wagons.

Camera Store, 110 East 5th Street
Image shows Kyle Laughlin working inside 110 East 5th Street, Moscow, Idaho.

Palouse region, wheat fields
Threshing and wheat in shocks in the Palouse region of Idaho.

Lawyer Creek (Idaho)
Image shows wilderness around Lawyer Creek, Idaho.

Columbine flower
Image shows the Columbine flower.

Kamiah (Idaho)
Image show the landscape surrounding Kamiah, Idaho.

John Beckwith
Portrait of John Beckwith in uniform.

Saint Joe River (Idaho), 1946
Image shows the St. Joe River and surrounding hills.

Idaho Governor William McConnell , 1954
Image is of Idaho Governor William McConnell.

Seven Devils (Idaho)
Image show fence, trees and one of the peaks at Seven Devils.

Palouse region, grain elevators, 1947
Image shows grain elevators in the Palouse region.

Joseph Plains (Idaho), 1938
Image shows trees and mountains in the Joseph Plains region of Idaho.

Joseph Plains (Idaho), 1938
Image shows an unidentified river winding through a canyon in the Joseph Plains of Idaho.

Salmon River (Idaho), 1938
Image shows the Salmon River winding through a canyon.

Unidentified town on a river
Image shows an unidentified town on a river.

County Courthouse Power, 1967
Image of the Power County Courthouse in American Falls, Idaho.

County Courthouse Minidoka, 1967
Image of the Minidoka County Courthouse in Rupert, Idaho.

County Courthouse Lincoln, 1967
Image of the Lincoln County Courthouse in Shoshone, Idaho.

County Courthouse Payette, 1967
Image of the Payette County Courthouse in Payette, Idaho.

County Courthouse Adams, 1967
Image of the Adams County Courthouse in Council, Idaho.

County Courthouse Camas, 1967
Image of the Camas County Courthouse in Fairfield, Idaho.

County Courthouse Blaine, 1967
Image of the Blaine County Courthouse in Hailey, Idaho.

County Courthouse Lemhi, 1967
Image of the Lemhi County Courthouse in Salmon, Idaho.

County Courthouse Custer, 1967
Image of the Custer County Courthouse in Challis, Idaho.

County Courthousem Teton, 1967
Image of the Teton County Courthouse in Driggs, Idaho.

County Courthouse Nez Perce, 1967
Image of the Nez Perce County Courthouse in Lewiston, Idaho.

County Courthouse Clearwater, 1967
Image of the Clearwater County Courthouse in Orofino, Idaho.

County Courthouse Oneida, 1967
Image of the Oneida County Courthouse in Malad City, Idaho.

County Courthouse Washington, 1967
Image of the Washington County Courthouse in Weiser, Idaho.

County Courthouse Latah, 1967
Image of the Latah County Courthouse in Moscow, Idaho.

County Courthouse Kootenai, 1967
Image of the Kootenai County Courthouse in Coeur D' Alene, Idaho.

County Courthouse Idaho, 1967
Image of the Idaho County Courthouse in Grangeville, Idaho.

County Courthouse Fremont, 1967
Image of the Fremont County Courthouse in St Anthony, Idaho.

County Courthouse Caribou, 1967
Image of the Caribou County Courthouse in Soda Springs, Idaho.

County Courthouse Franklin, 1967
Image of the Franklin County Courthouse in Preston, Idaho.

County Courthouse Benewah, 1967
Image of the Benewah County Courthouse in St Maries, Idaho.

County Courthouse Lewis, 1967
Image of the Lewis County Courthouse in Nezperce, Idaho.

County Courthouse Twin Falls, 1967
Image of the Twin Falls County Courthouse in Twin Falls, Idaho.

County Courthouse Bonner, 1967
Image of the Bonner County Courthouse in Sandpoint, Idaho.

County Courthouse Elmore, 1967
Image of the Elmore County Courthouse in Mountain Home, Idaho.

County Courthouse Owyhee, 1967
Image of the Owyhee County Courthouse in Homedale, Idaho.

County Courthouse Jerome, 1967
Image of the Jerome County Courthouse in Jerome, Idaho.

County Courthouse Clark and Dubois Mercantile Company, 1967
Image of the Clark County Courthouse and Dubois Mercantile Company in Dubois, Idaho.

County Courthouse Cassia, 1967
Image of the Cassia County Courthouse in Burley, Idaho.

County Courthouse Butte, 1967
Image of the Butte County Courthouse in Arco, Idaho.

County Courthouse Bonneville, 1967
Image of the Bonneville County Courthouse in Idaho Falls, Idaho.

County Courthouse Bingham, 1967
Image of the Bingham County Courthouse in Blackfoot, Idaho.

County Courthouse Bear Lake, 1967
Image of the Bear Lake County Courthouse in Paris, Idaho.

County Courthouse Ada, 1967
Image of the Ada County Courthouse in Boise, Idaho.

County Courthouse Bannock, 1967
Image of the Bannock County Courthouse in Pocatello, Idaho.

Capitol building in Boise (Idaho)
Image of Idaho Capitol building in Boise, Idaho.

Unidentified people and scenes
Image of unidentified creek.

Unidentified cabin and scenes
Image of unidentified mountains.

Unidentified falls and scenes
Image of unidentified water fall.

University of Idaho, 1960
University of Idaho campus

University of Idaho, 1960
University of Idaho campus



About the Collection

The Kyle Laughlin photographs were donated to University of Idaho Library Special Collections in February of 1985 by Marguerite Laughlin. It was processed and described in 1998 and 1999 by Karen Hertel.

Biography of Kyle Laughlin

Kyle Laughlin (1905-1984) was a Moscow, Idaho resident and businessman for 56 years. He was born May 24, 1905 to Edward and Eva Laughlin in Ozark, Missouri. When Laughlin was about seven, the family moved to southeast Idaho where Kyle graduated from Ashton High School. He attended the University of Idaho and graduated in 1931 with a degree in teaching. In 1933, Kyle Laughlin married Marguerite Ward in Moscow. Marguerite was also a UI graduate and teacher. The newlyweds lived in Malad for two years where Kyle taught chemistry and physics before returning to Moscow in 1935 where they started in business. A ski shop within Ward Paint and Hardware, owned by Marguerite's father, gave way to a photo studio known as Kyle's Photo Shop. Here, Laughlin was able to turn his life-long interest in photography into a business.

In 1954, a partnership with Sam Haddock resulted in Haddock and Laughlin, a photography, television, appliance, and stereo shop. This business later started the Moscow TvCable Company. Laughlin was also involved in residential development. In the 1940's he became codeveloper of the B.L. residential area and later helped develop the Eastgate area in southeast Moscow. The Laughlins were dedicated supporters of both the Latah County Public Library and the University of Idaho Library. In December 1979, Warren Owens, the Dean of Instructional Services and Director of Libraries, reported that the University Library received "one of the most significant and impressive gifts in history," Laughlin's personal library of Western Americana.

Laughlin continued to take photographs after he closed his photo business. He documented his interest in the natural history of the Northwest and wildflowers through photographs and notes on his readings and travels. He also recorded, through photography, the family history of Marguerite and his three children at home and on their travels. Shortly after her husband's death in 1984, Marguerite Laughlin donated his photography collection, along with his notes, to the University of Idaho Library.

Scope and Content

The images of the Kyle Laughlin photographic collection span the years 1931 to 1979. The collection contains images of Idaho scenery and historical sites, travel to other states and countries, and family and friends. The collection holds 10,349 primarily black and white negatives and 3,819 color slides. The collection contains 22 boxes of mounted and unmounted prints as well as 34 spiral-bound books of prints. The majority of the negatives are represented in 27 spiral-bound books of contact sheets. Also included in the collection are the notes of Kyle Laughlin in the form of a scrapbook, a journal of notes, four sets of index cards, a photo record, and two catalogues. In addition there are 21 reels of 16mm and 8mm motion picture films.





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