Robert E. Higgins Collection

A collection of photographs by Robert E. Higgins, a professor of plant science at the University of Idaho from 1946 to 1999

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About the Collection

The Robert E. Higgins Collection is held by the University of Idaho Library Special Collections & Archives. These digitized photographs are a representative selection of photographs from the collection, which was donated to the University of Idaho library in 2009 by his family. The entire collection consists of two oversized boxes and one letter-sized box of prints and one box of slides. The photos were taken between 1947 and 1997. Photographic subjects include winter scenes, historic Idaho farm buildings and people, water scenes including those of rivers, waterfalls, and lakes, grain elevators, mountains, and scenes from Boise, Idaho.

Hill City Elevator
Hill City Elevator

About Robert Higgins

Robert E. Higgins was a scientist and an artist. Born in Boise, Professor Higgins graduated from Rupert High School in 1935 and went on to earn bachelor and master degrees in agronomy from the University of Idaho. Professor Higgins taught vocational agriculture at Wilder High School from 1941 to 1943 and served in the U.S. Navy from 1943 to 1946. In 1946, he joined the University of Idaho faculty as a professor of plant science.

Onion Harvest
Onion Harvest

As an agronomist, Professor Higgins specialized in the control of noxious weeds. As a photographer, he specialized in landscapes and portraits. During his lifetime, Professor Higgins’ photographs were accepted in over 70 juried international salons, and he had one-artist exhibitions in Idaho, Washington, and California. He was active in the Photographic Society of America, Snake River Camera Club, Idaho Falls Camera Club, and the Boise Photographic Society. He and wife Miriam reared three children, Roberta, Janette, and Brian. Professor Higgins passed away January 24th, 2000.

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This digital collection is built with CollectionBuilder, an open source tool for creating digital collection and exhibit websites that is developed by faculty librarians at the University of Idaho Library following the Lib-STATIC methodology.

This site is built using CollectionBuilder-CDM which utilizes CONTENTdm APIs to create an engaging “skin” on top of an existing digital collection repository.

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