Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers and oral history interview, 1850-1973, undated  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Creator
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1878-1975
Title
Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers and oral history interview
Dates
1850-1973, undated (inclusive)
Quantity
10.10 cubic feet (18 boxes) plus 2 sound cassettes and 1 vertical file
Collection Number
2179
Summary
Photographer of Seattle, Washington
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

Open to all users

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lawrence Denny Lindsley was born on March 18, 1878 in a house overlooking Lake Union. He was the eldest grandchild of Seattle pioneers and founders, Louisa (Boren) and David T. Denny. His parents were Abbie (Denny) and Edward L. Denny. As a child and young adult, he grew up in the “great outdoors.” Lindsley spent a lot of time at his grandfather’s side, learning to hunt deer on the summit of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, and cultivating a woodsman’s keen power of observation and an artist’s appreciation for nature. He took up photography at an early age, and later, combined it with work as a miner, trail guide, and naturalist. In 1895, Lindsley went to work in the Esther mines near Gold Creek in the Snoqualmie Pass area. In 1899, he assisted his grandfather, Denny, who was contracted by King County to improve the existing wagon road along Lake Keechelus. Lindsley was not fond of the mining life and the labor it entailed: building cabins, drilling and hammering, and packing out ore by an arduous journey across Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle. Even so, he describes his excitement at getting up in the middle of a night storm to photograph images of "lightning rumbling against the mountains." Lawrence Lindsley in cabin kitchen baking bread, Lake Chelan, ca. 1910 Lawrence Lindsley in cabin kitchen, ca. 1910

Lindsley became a charter member of the Mountaineers in 1907. He went to work for the W. P. Romans Photographic Studio in Seattle in 1903, and owned part interest in the studio when it was bought by Asahel Curtis in 1910. This association led him to work with Edward Curtis, for whom Lindsley developed some of the color negatives, “the gold tones,” for Curtis’s famous "Indians of North America" series.

In about 1912, Lindsley moved to his parents’ ranch along 25 Mile Creek at Lake Chelan. In 1916, he was employed by the Great Northern Railroad to photograph Glacier National Park for the railroad’s tourist literature. He also began his extensive photographic study of Lake Chelan and the coulees of Central Washington, often photographing the landscape on horseback while hand-holding a tripod. In these Chelan years and later, Lindsley worked as a guide, leading parties along the lake and into the Stehekin wilderness. Also in 1916, the railroad sent him as a guide for the party of Mary Roberts Rinehart, a popular author, on a packing trip through the North Cascades. In her novel, "Tenting Tonight," Lindsley figured prominently as the character”Silent Lawrie,” along with his faithful horse Peanut.

In 1916, Lindsley returned to Seattle and resumed work in the Asahel Curtis Studio. He married Pearl A. Miller in 1918, but his wife and infant daughter died in 1920. Throughout the 1920s, Lindsley worked for the Curtis Studio and continued his own landscape and nature photography. During this time, he perfected the technique of lantern slide photography. Lindsley liked to blend one frame into another, taking as many as eleven shots to capture, sequentially, cloud movements, birds nesting, or waves breaking on a shore. He mastered the blending of frames in the thousands of pictures he took of Mt. Rainier, the Lake Chelan region, and the beach at La Push, Washington. During his lifetime, Lindsley probably photographed Mount Rainier more often than any other photographer. In 1933, when the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs was formed, his lantern slide lectures became a favorite among members of the garden clubs. Lindsley continued to use colored lantern slides throughout his career.

Lindsley married for a second time in 1944. He and his wife, Sarah Sonju, a color artist, created many photographic works of art from the shop in their Wallingford home in Seattle until her death in 1960. Unable to support himself solely by photography, Lindsley supplemented his income by selling postcards, prints, slides and murals, but also by renting rooms of his home to boarders, and finding odd jobs as he could, including a stint as night watchman in the 1950s. Lindsley continued to photograph into his 90s, always with an eye toward his next project. He died at home at age 96, on January 3, 1975.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Personal and business diaries, field notebooks, correspondence, financial records, notes, and writings, documenting Lindley's photography business, his photographic trips to the Olympic Peninsula, the Lake Chelan area, and elsewhere, and his work in the Seattle studio of Asahel Curtis; together with papers of other members of the Lindsley family and of Revel Nims, and tape-recorded interview (1973) of Lindsley concerning his photographic work in the Lake Chelan area (1905-1940).

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Literary rights transferred

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Accession No. 2179-001: Oral history interview with Lawrence Denny Lindsley, 1973Return to Top

.08 cubic feet including 2 sound cassettes (120 min.) and 1 transcript (32 p.)

Scope and Content: Interview tapes and transcript. Lindley discusses his photographic techniques, especially lantern slide development. He mentions several specific photographic series: the beach at LaPush, sunrise on Mt. Rainier, Lake Chelan, and a winter horse trip through the Stehekin during a snowstorm.

Interview by Harry Major.

Digital Content/Other Formats:Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: L.D. Lindsley's and Harry Major's literary rights transferred to the Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Donated by L.D. Lindsley, 9/14/1973.

Accession No. 2179-002: Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, 1850-1972Return to Top

10.10 cubic feet (18 boxes)

Scope and Content: Correspondence, field notebooks, diaries, writings, legal documents, and financial records from Lawrence Denny Lindsley’s personal and professional life. Also includes some family members’ papers.

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Combined photographs and papers purchased from Marilyn Lindsley by Special Collections in 1977.

The portion of the purchase which consisted of papers was transferred to the Manuscript collection in several installments which were accessioned separately during 1982 and 1983.

Processing Info: Accession numbers 2179-002 through 2179-005 and 2179-007 have been merged into one accession comprising the material included in the 1977 purchase.

Container(s) Description Dates
Lawrence Denny Lindsley professional papers
Incoming correspondence
Box/Folder Accession
1/1 2179-002
Incoming letters
1932-1972
15/1 2179-002
Copyright postcards
1911-1915
Box/Folder Accession
1/2 2179-002
Outgoing letters
1939-1968
1/3 2179-002
General correspondence
1934-1969
Field notebooks
Box/Folder Accession
1/4-6 2179-002
Lake Chelan
ca. 1890-1952
1/7 2179-002
Flowers - Sunset Highway, Mt. Rainier, Lake Chelan, Grand Coulee and Bainbridge Island
1907-1959
1/8 2179-002
Historical Seattle, etc.
1900-1963
1/9 2179-002
Birds - Lake Chelan, Mt. Rainier, Okanogan
1900-1956
1/10 2179-002
Lake Chelan
ca. 1890-1950
1/11 2179-002
Colville Indian
1871-1951
2/1-2 2179-002
Glacial
1906-1954
2/3-5 2179-002
Grand Coulee
1907-1959
2/6 2179-002
Okanogan
1910-1956
3/1-5 2179-002
Mt. Rainier
1913-1960
3/6 2179-002
Historical Seattle - contains reminiscences
1850-1958
4/1-2 2179-002
Sunset Highway - contains reminiscences
1896-1958
4/3 2179-002
Timber - contains reminiscences
1901-1952
4/4 2179-002
Chelan - Portraits, Puget Sound, Olympic, Wenatchee, etc.
1880-1959
4/5 2179-002
Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass Highway, etc.
1898-1954
4/6-7 2179-002
Glacial - contains reminiscences
1896-1960
4/8 2179-002
Glacier National Park, Stevens Pass Highway, etc.
1914-1948
5/1-2 2179-002
Miscellaneous
ca. 1895-1962
5/3 2179-002
Bainbridge Island, etc.
1912-1970
5/4 2179-002
Olympic Peninsula, Glacial, Mt. Rainier, etc.
1892-1971
5/5 2179-002
Miscellaneous
1853-1955
Box/Folder Accession
5/6 2179-002
Enlargement index
undated
Writings
Box/Folder Accession
5/7 2179-002
Regarding photography
undated
5/8 2179-002
Natural history of Pacific Northwest
undated
Box/Folder Accession
5/9 2179-002
Lists
undated
Notes
Box/Folder Accession
6/1-5 2179-002
Grand Coulee no. 1-5
ca. 1948-1954
6/6-7 2179-002
Grand Coulee
ca. 1940
6/8-11 2179-002
Camp fire stories
undated
15/2 2179-002
Miscellaneous
1911; undated
16/3 2179-002
Notes - Regarding Negatives/Slides/Photos
1975, undated
15/28 2179-002
Miscellaneous Notes
Scope and Content: Possibly for lantern slide lectures
undated
15/29 2179-002
Miscellaneous Notes
Scope and Content: Possibly for lantern slide lectures
undated
Financial records
Box/Folder Accession
6/12-7/2 2179-002
Financial Records
1921-1972
16/12 2179-002
Financial Records - Income
1960
16/13 2179-002
Financial Records
1921-1972
16/14 2179-002
Financial Records
1913-1953
16/15 2179-002
Financial Records - Income
1955-1957
16/16 2179-002
Financial Records - Income
1954-1955
Box/Folder Accession
15/3 2179-002
Clippings
1911-1912; undated
Lawrence Denny Lindsley personal papers
Incoming letters
Box/Folder Accession
7/3 2179-002
Bradley, Irene Lindsley
1936-1968
15/4 2179-002
Denny, D. T.
1896-1918
15/5 2179-002
Denny, D. Thomas
1897
15/6 2179-002
Denny, E. Inez and Louisa Denny
1897; 1914-1916
7/4 2179-002
Denny, Edward H. (Harold)
1963-1964, undated
15/7 2179-002
Denny, John B.
1897, 1912
15/8 2179-002
Denny, Victor W. S.
1903
15/9 2179-002
Lindsley, Abbie Denny
1897, undated
15/10 2179-002
Lindsley, Edward L.
ca. 1896-1913
7/5 2179-002
Lindsley, Norman D.
1913, 1918, 1933
15/11 2179-002
MacMillan, H. J.
1902
15/12 2179-002
Murlin, A. E.
1901-1902
7/6 2179-002
Sigurdson, Beverley Mabel U'Renn and U'Renn, Lorraine
1933-1961
15/13 2179-002
Weir, Allen
1901
15/14 2179-002
Wilson, J. P.
1898
7/7 2179-002
Miscellaneous
1888; 1931-1968
15/15 2179-002
Miscellaneous
ca. 1897-1914
16/1 2179-002
Miscellaneous
1897-1975
7/19 2179-002
Lindsley, Mabel
1916-1917
7/20 2179-002
Isenhart, Juetta and John
1921-1934
7/21 2179-002
Miller, William
1919-1926
Outgoing letters
Box/Folder Accession
15/16 2179-002
Denny, E. Inez and Louisa Denny
1898
15/17 2179-002
Lindsley, Abbie Denny and Edward L. Lindsley
1898-1900
15/18 2179-002
Lindsley, Irene
1899
15/19 2179-002
Lindsley, Mabel
1899, 1916
15/20 2179-002
General/miscellaneous
ca. 1888-1902
7/8 2179-002
General/miscellaneous
1939
Diaries
Box/Folder Accession
12-14 2179-002
Diaries
1897-1972
8/19 2179-002
Journal Writings
1895-1963
Writings
Box/Folder Accession
7/9-11 2179-002
Reminiscences of Pioneer Seattle
undated
7/12 2179-002
"Saga of Mt. Rainier"
undated
7/13 2179-002
"Trip to the ranch on Lake Chelan starting from Lake Keechelus" (photocopy)
1902
7/14 2179-002
"Trip to the ranch on Lake Chelan starting from Lake Keechelus" (fragile original)
General Notes: Researchers should use photocopy version.
1902
15/21 2179-002
General/miscellaneous
undated
7/15 2179-002
Writings of others
undated
Notes
Box/Folder Accession
15/22 2179-002
Notes
1898
16/11 2179-002
Notes - Lindsley Genealogy
1965-1967
18/11 2179-002
Notes
undated
Box/Folder Accession
7/16 2179-002
Legal documents
1930-1970
Clippings
Box/Folder Accession
7/17 2179-002
Clippings
undated
18/7 2179-002
Clippings - Mary Roberts Rhinehart
1956-1958
18/8 2179-002
Clippings - Denny Family
1888-1966
18/9 2179-002
Clippings - Lindsley Family
1908-1968
18/10 2179-002
Clippings - Lindsley
1912-1970
Newsletters and Brochures
Box/Folder Accession
16/2 2179-002
Newsletters and Brochures
1915-1959
18/6 2179-002
Newsletters and Brochures - Photography
undated
Ephemera
Box/Folder Accession
7/18 2179-002
General/miscellaneous
1916, undated
15/23 2179-002
Invitation to press - Igorrote Exhibition Co.
1905
Scrapbooks
Box/Folder Accession
11 2179-002
Scrapbook (oversize)
undated
17 2179-002
Scrapbooks
Scope and Content: Two scrapbooks and one folder of clippings.
1886-1921
Ledgers and Books
Box/Folder Accession
18/1 2179-002
Ledger
1901
18/2 2179-002
Ledgers
1901-1907
18/3 2179-002
Books - "Grand Coulee: From Hell to Breakfast" by Fred O. Jones with marginalia
1947
18/4 2179-002
Books - "Concordance to the Holy Scripture"
Scope and Content: Given to Lindsley by his grandfather D.T. Denny in 1903
1850
Box/Folder Accession
18/5 2179-002
Maps
undated
8/1 2179-002
Address books
undated
8/2 2179-002
Autograph book
1899-1957
15/24 2179-002
School work
undated
15/25 2179-002
Mother - Abbie Denny Lindsley
1914-1915; undated
Miscellaneous
Box/Folder Accession
16/8 2179-002
Miscellaneous
Scope and Content: Business cards, programs, notes, receipts, cards, corespondences, certificates
1898-1961
16/9 2179-002
Miscellaneous
Scope and Content: Correspondences, legal documents, notes, business cards, certificates, blueprints
1905-1941
16/10 2179-002
Miscellaneous
Scope and Content: Correspondences, notes, book excerpts, certificates, writings
1906-1972
Sarah Sonju Lindsley
Box/Folder Accession
8/3 2179-002
Incoming letters - Lindsley, Lawrence Denny
1939
8/4 2179-002
Address book
1955
16/5 2179-002
Miscellaneous
Scope and Content: Notes, statements, legal documents. artwork, correspondences, programs
1915-1960
16/6 2179-002
Incoming letters - Various
1944-1960
Petra Sonju
Box/Folder Accession
16/4 2179-002
Incoming letters - Various
1941-1943
Sarah Winola Lindsley U'Renn
Incoming letters
Box/Folder Accession
8/5 2179-002
Bradley, Irene Lindsley
1919-1928
8/6 2179-002
Denny, David Thomas
1902-1903
8/7 2179-002
Denny, Leonora M.
1909-1914
8/8 2179-002
Denny, Loretta
1902-1903
8/9 2179-002
Em
1912-1915
8/10 2179-002
Inez
1912-1916
8/11 2179-002
Lindsley, Abbie Denny
1912-1915
8/12 2179-002
Lindsley, Edward L.
1909-1919
8/13 2179-002
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny
1907-1927
8/14 2179-002
Lindsley, Norman D.
1904-1908
8/15 2179-002
Peugilly, Anna
1905-1906
8/16 2179-002
Miscellaneous
1909-1913
15/26 2179-002
Outgoing letters
1914
Box/Folder Accession
8/17 2179-002
Ephemera
1906-1916
8/18 2179-002
Legal documents
1915
9/1 2179-002
Scrapbook
1899
9/2 2179-002
Scrapbook - recipes
ca. 1900
Harold Lawrence Lindsley, Beverley Mabel, and "Kewpie" U'Renn
Box/Folder Accession
9/3 2179-002
Incoming letters
1907-1915
Abbie Denny Lindsley
Incoming letters
Box/Folder Accession
15/27 2179-002
Denny, Anna
1887
9/4 2179-002
General/miscellaneous - including one letter from David Thomas Denny
1899-1911
Box/Folder Accession
9/5 2179-002
Writing
undated, 1914
Edward L. Lindsley
Box/Folder Accession
9/6-8 2179-002
Incoming letters - Charles Greenwood
1908-1909
9/9 2179-002
Writing
undated
9/10 2179-002
Legal documents
1878-1932
9/11 2179-002
Guest book (of C. A. Ranch on Lake Chelan?)
1902-1909
9/15 2179-002
Book - "Lily of the Valley"
1897
William Lindsley
Box/Folder Accession
10 2179-002
Scrapbook and diary
1877-1880
10 2179-002
Diary
1875-1883
Maria Lindsley
Box/Folder Accession
11 2179-002
Scrapbook (oversize)
1885
David T. Denny
Box/Folder Accession
16/7 2179-002
Statements of Labor
1899
Revel Nims
Box/Folder Accession
9/12 2179-002
General correspondence
1884-1906
9/13 2179-002
Financial records
1870-1906
9/14 2179-002
Legal documents
1893-1906

Accession No. 2179-006: Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, undatedReturn to Top

0.03 cubic feet (1 vertical file)

Scope and Content: Writing. First page titled: "Music of a mountain thunder storm."

Restrictions on Access: Open to all users.

Restrictions on Use: Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

Acquisition Info: Transferred from the Lindsley photo collection, #548, August 14, 2001.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Lantern slides--Technique
  • Photography--Processing
  • Photography--Technique
  • Personal Names :
  • Cool, A. L
  • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941
  • Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952
  • Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974--Archives
  • Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974--Interviews
  • Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958
  • Corporate Names :
  • Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
  • Mountaineers (Society)
  • Old Roman Studios (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Chelan, Lake (Wash.)--Photographs
  • La Push (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Rainer, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Stehekin (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Bradley, Irene Lindsley (creator)
    • Denny, David Thomas (creator)
    • Denny, E. H. (Edward H.), 1887-1971 (creator)
    • Lindsley, Abbie Denny (creator)
    • Lindsley, Edward L (creator)
    • Lindsley, Maria (creator)
    • Lindsley, Norman (creator)
    • Lindsley, Sarah Sonju (creator)
    • Lindsley, William (creator)
    • Nims, Revel (creator)
    • Sigurdson, Beverley Mabel U'Renn (creator)
    • U'Renn, Harold Lawrence (creator)
    • U'Renn, Lorraine (creator)
    • U'Renn, Sarah Winola Lindsley (creator)