Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

The Century Story
​& The Wildflower Man

The photo to the right was taken at the time I was beginning the research on the life of Arthur C. Pillsbury, my grandfather. 

In parallel, other events in my life were focusing my attention elsewhere.  This included my oldest son, Arthur's nearly fatal motorcycle accident on September 27, 1997. 

In 1997 every part of my life changed.

Things that were extraneous became irrelevant; my main focus and my promise remained a major part of my thoughts, now sandwiched between the care of a disabled son and a divorce intended to kill me by stressing my existing heart condition.  On March 22, 1998, Arthur shot himself through the brain - and survived.   Right now, he is sitting next to me on his computer, also doing research.   

Life is what we make of it.  I never stopped doing what was needed.  In our need, we can find strength.  This story, the story of Dad and Grandfather, showed me what one person can accomplish.     I hope it does the same for you. ​​

                        Arthur Clarence Pillsbury

Chapter One - The Conspiracy Begins

Chapter Two - Stephen Mather Enters the Story

Chapter Three - November 1990 - The Call from Father

Chapter Four - Ansel Adams expresses his opinion

Chapter Five -  The Adam's Scheme Fails

Timeline - Characters - Locations
​Rising Action, Climax, Denouement

This small contact print sat alongside others in Grandfather's album from his Stanford years.  As soon as I saw it I laughed because it expressed the question in his mind on how he could capture larger and longer images. 

The Sweep Action Aperature Panorama Camera.  Probably taken early in 1897.