The Bush Family Historic Photograph Collection includes photographs of early Salem, particularly in and around the family home, the Historic Bush House and the Oregon Coast taken primarily by members of the Asahel Bush family. Asahel Bush, a publisher, banker and political leader, who was raised on the East coast, came west in 1850 and settled in Oregon City. He founded the Oregon Statesman newspaper and moved the paper and himself to Salem in 1853. The Bush family played a major role in the political, business and social history of Salem. He and his wife Eugenia had four children and later in 1877 built the Bush House in Salem. More than half of the photographs in this collection were taken by their daughter, Miss Sally Bush, including many portraits and candid photographs of family and friends. The collection also includes a large number of rare panoramic photographs of the region taken by A.N. Bush, the son of Asahel Bush.