The Grand Encampment Museum
is proud to feature the Bert and Vera Oldman research
area. This area features old newspapers, family
papers, funeral records, maps, and many photographs.
This area is open during regular museum hours.
The Grand Encampment Museum also houses the Lora
Webb Nichols collection of 24,000 photographs.
Lora Webb Nichols (1883-1962) documented her world
through her diary and her photographs. For her
sixteenth birthday, a beau gave her a camera,
and at Christmas that year "Pop" presented
her with a developing outfit. The Kodak became
Lora's instrument of liberation. It guaranteed
her access to the claims and mines, the tram stations,
smelter, tie camps and river drives. Her many
portraits of women, children, and babies were
jointed by those of teamsters, miners, ranchers
and homesteaders, valley pioneers and saloon keepers.
Lora's legacy began with her first incredible
photograph of "Mama in the door," continued
through the accumulation of her years as a professional
photographer, and was increased by the work of
others which she begged and borrowed.