Ernst Skarstedt photographs, circa 1888-January 20, 1919  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Skarstedt, Ernst, 1857-1929
Ernst Skarstedt photographs
circa 1888-January 20, 1919 (inclusive)
circa 1888-1900 (bulk)
22 photographic prints (1 box) ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of Ernst Sakrstedt and his photography of landscapes primarily in Cowlitz County and other Washington locations along with some views in California and Oregon
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ernst Skarstedt was born in Bohuslan, Sweden in 1857 and emigrated to the United States in 1878. His career as an editor and correspondent for Swedish-American newspapers took him to Chicago, San Francisco and New York City, as well as Portland, Oregon, where Skarstedt attempted to start a Swedish language paper, Demokraten , to educate the Swedish community on local politics. Skarstedt was also a prolific writer of prose and poetry, publishing a trilogy of books on life in the Pacific Northwest.

Skarstedt spent many years in the Pacific Northwest, starting as a pioneer in Clark County, Washington from 1886-1888. He then moved frequently, residing in Cowlitz County, Washington from 1896-1901, Columbia City near Seattle from 1906-1912, and Orcas Island from 1912-1928. He died in Friday Harbor, Washington near Seattle in 1929.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs depicting scenes primarily in Oregon, California, and Washington, 1880s-1890s. Several photographs are stamped "Ernst Skarstedt, Photographer," though most are presumed to be taken by Skarstedt. The collection also includes photographs of Skarstedt with his camera and later in his life.

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Ernst SkarstedtReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
 Ernst and Ester Skarstedt with camera equipment
C. Fritz & Co, McMinnville, Oregon (Photographer)
June 1889
1/1 2 circa 1894
1/1 3
 Ernst Skarstedt
Johnson, Seattle (Photographer)
January 20, 1919
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/4 15 circa 1888
1/4 16 circa 1888
1/4 17 circa 1888
1/4 18 circa 1888
1/4 19 1896

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Personal Names :
  • Skarstedt, Ernst, 1857-1929--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Battle Ground (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Blue Lake (Calif.)--Photographs
  • Cowlitz County (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Hood, Mount (Or.)--Photographs
  • Lost Lake (Hood River County, Or.)--Photographs
  • San Leandro (Calif.)--Photographs
  • Silver Lake (Snohomish County, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Templeton (Calif.)--Photographs

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)