Arthur C. Pillsbury Foundation

Protecting and Preserving All Life -- By Extending Human Vision

C Y C L I N G    I N T O    Y O S E M I T E    H I S T O R Y
Or, who you hire to plant disinformation.
by Steve Harrison
Summer 2005 Volume 67 Number 3

The article below was written to marginalize the life and presence of Arthur C. Pillsbury, both in Yosemite and elsewhere.  Steve Harrison, now retired from the National Park Service but likely still in regular communication with Michael Adams and others,  wrote the article below knowing it to be salted with inaccuracies.  

                                  Also Read:  His Camera Was His Gold Mine - by Steve Harrison                            

Correspondence - Personal and Professional 

About Arthur C. Pillsbury
This correspondence is organized to include letters all relating to A.C. Pillsbury and his work.  They all relate to how the Pillsbury Collection came to be located at BYU instead of someplace more appropriate, for instance, Stanford, Berkeley or UCLA.  This presentation provides a clear understanding of the tactics and greed which is destroying America.

          1978 - 1990 

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Pillsbury was known for his genius mechanically and as a photographer and film maker.  He was a successful businessman, running two shops, one for photography and the other by bicycles, while still a student at Stanford. 
   By this date he had built the first motorcycle in California, designed motors and engines, and designed and built the first specimen slicer for a microscope.  See 
AC Pillsbury foundation
for  more on the timeline of Pillsbury's innovations.

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Pillsbury's adventures are not even touched on in this article.  Perhaps for Harrison riding a bike is an adventure - but not for Pillsbury, who awed early aviators and professionals.  

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Footloose?  Not at any time in AC's life.  In 1906 he was a seasoned professional.  Far more than a photo journalist, Pillsbury was in charge of the technologies at a time when large newspapers, such as the Examiner, were beginning to transmit photos by telegraph.  
In 1909 the first nature movie would be shown on the porch of the Pillsbury Studio and the major iconic tool, still impacting us today, would have been launched.  
Harrson never gets to speculation, but he does stretch his imagination to exclude anything which matters from his accounts.