S.E. Meldrum Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photograph album, 1909  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Meldrum, S.E
Title
S.E. Meldrum Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition photograph album
Dates
1909 (inclusive)
Quantity
69 photographic prints in 1 album (1 box)
Collection Number
PH0061
Summary
Photographs of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, 1909 by an amateur photographer
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

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English
Sponsor
Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the Friends of the Library.


Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

The Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle the dominant city in the Pacific Northwest, as the major supplier to Alaska. The goal of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (AYPE) was to show off the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, and to display the value of commercial trade with the Pacific Rim. When Japan agreed to participate, the AYPE became a truly international, multi-cultural event, which planners of the AYPE hoped would demonstrate cooperation between people from around the world. On a less philosophical level, city officials also hoped that the exposition would encourage people to relocate to the growing metropolis of Seattle.

Officials soon decided on the largely wooded grounds of the University of Washington, situated on Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier visible in the distance. The first $650,000 for the AYPE was raised by proud Seattleites, who bought “shares” of the exposition. Much of the rest was funded by the sale of public lands and by the Washington State legislature, with the understanding that the buildings built for the exposition would become part of the University of Washington at the end of the AYPE. John and Frederick Olmsted, son and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, prominent landscape architects in their own right, designed much of the AYPE grounds.

Thanks to two years of planning and the huge sums of money raised, the AYPE grounds and exposition were everything the planners had hoped for. It was a fascinating mix of ethnic diversity and crass commercialism, but it clearly appealed to the people of the United States. Over 80,000 people attended the AYPE on opening day in June 1909, and by closing day (October 16, 1909) 3.7 million people had paid to see attractions such as the Igorrote Village, and the Indian and Eskimo exhibits. They had seen animals built out of fruits and nuts, and rode on the Fairy Gorge Tickler. The AYPE had been a huge success. Seattle officials were pleased to note that the AYPE had drawn 700,000 people more than the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition had attracted in the rival city of Portland, Oregon.

Although the Exposition boasted its own official photographer, amateur photographers could purchase a paper permit, allowing access for one day. With the day pass, an amateur photographer with a camera smaller than 6" x 8" was allowed to take unlimited photographs of the buildings, exhibits and other features.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs depicting the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington in 1909. The 69 photographs depict the exhibits, buildings, Pay Streak and people strolling through the grounds of the exposition. The photographs were possibly made by S. E. Meldrum, an amateur photographer.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Alaska-Yukon-Pacific ExpositionReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Page item
1 a 1909
1 b
Entrance to AYPE grounds from the lake
1909
2
Main entrance illuminated at night
1909
3
Temple of Music and Sunken Gardens
1909
4
Temple of Music illuminated at night
1909
item
5 a
Oriental Building
1909
5 b
Foreign Building
1909
6 a
Hawaiian Building
1909
6 b
Alaska Building
1909
7 a
Side view of Fine Arts Building
1909
7 b
Front view of Fine Arts Building
1909
8 a 1909
8 b
Auditorium from right side
1909
9 1909
10 1909
item
11 a 1909
11 b
Manufactures Building
1909
12 a 1909
12 b
View down the Cascades towards Agriculture Building
1909
13-14 1909
item
15 a
Grounds and Oriental Building
1909
15 b
View of Geyser Basin facing Oriental Building
1909
16 1909
item
17 a 1909
17 b 1909
18
The U.S. Government Building illuminated at night
1909
item
19 a 1909
19 b
U.S. Government Building illuminated at night viewed from across the Geyser Basin
1909
20 a
View from Sunken Gardens towards the Alaska or Hawaii Building
1909
20 b
Grounds in front of Manufactures Building
1909
21 a 1909
21 b
Dairy Exhibit Building
1909
22 a-b
Mine Exhibit Building
1909
23 1909
24 1909
item
25 a 1909
25 b
New York Building
1909
26 a
Idaho Building
1909
26 b
California Building
1909
27 a 1909
27 b
Spokane Building
1909
28 a 1909
28 b 1909
29 a
Alaska Building
1909
29 b
Canada Building
1909
30 a
View towards Geyser Basin
1909
30 b 1909
31 a 1909
31 b 1909
32 a 1909
32 b 1909
33 a 1909
33 b 1909
34 a 1909
34 b 1909
35 a 1909
35 b
An Igorrote boy in front of visitors
1909
36 a 1909
36 b 1909
37 a 1909
37 b 1909
38 a 1909
38 b 1909
39 a 1909
39 b 1909
40 a 1909

Sitka, AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Page item
41 a
St. Michael's Cathedral
circa 1909

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints