Around 1,500 photos taken between 1903 and 1913 by Frank Matsura, a Japanese photographer, are an important part of the collections of OCHS. He was a prolific photographer until his death from tuberculosis in 1913 at the age of 39. His photographs of Native Americans are very valuable. In contrast to Edward Curtis, Matsura’s less formal photographs of Native Americans more closely depict their real lives .The Matsura collection
was the focus of our desire to have a better system to preserve and disseminate information in the Wilson Research Center. Past Perfect software was chosen to digitize our collections and as a vehicle to publish a portion of our collections online. Our digitization process was begun in 2017 and is ongoing. Volunteers have been scanning our paper files and photo collections and entering and editing those records in Past Perfect and adding images to the photo records. Another volunteer is cataloging our book collection. We have over 225,000 records in Past Perfect with more being added .
OCHS also has other collections from local photographers such as George Burrel Ladd, Mabel Gavin, Chet Swain, Irma Rosen off. These photographs detail the evolution of our local area and the people who have resided here.
OCHS has published multiple books and assists authors with their books and articles by researching and providing pictures from our collections. The Society also assists with exhibitions and documentaries. The Wilson Research Center is used by people researching their family history, people who are interested in the history of their homes or businesses, and people who have general questions about events and happenings of the past.