D.R. Judkins photographs, circa 1880-1890  PDF

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Judkins, David R. (David Roby), 1836-1909
D.R. Judkins photographs
circa 1880-1890 (inclusive)
44 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
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Photographs by early Seattle photographer depicting various locations
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Box 352900
Seattle, WA
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

David Roby Judkins was born on January 17, 1836 in Chesterville, Maine. He spent most of his early years as a photographer travelling between Illinois and California; by 1879, he had established a studio in Port Townsend, Washington. By March 1880, Judkins had begun doing business on the Seattle waterfront; later, he had his studio mounted on a barge, to become "Judkins' Floating Sunbeam Gallery", or the "Cottage Gallery", thus being able to visit and do business in various ports in Puget Sound. He married Ida A. Bangs on December 25, 1880. Following the birth of the couple's first child, John Roby (1882-1903), Judkins sailed his gallery up the Fraser River and settled in Vancouver Island for 11 months. During that time, his second child Edith (1883-1900) was born. The family returned to Seattle in 1884, at which point Judkins sold his "Floating Gallery". For the next few years, Judkins would operate studios around Seattle (including the southwest corner of Second and Columbia Streets, and Judkins' house at 522 Depot Street). A third child, Etta Hazle (d. 1974) was born in January 1891; four years later, Ida died. Between 1898 and 1899, Judkins followed the Yukon gold rush; during the latter part of this period, he ran his "Pullman Photographic Gallery" in Skagway, Alaska. Following Edith and John Roby’s deaths from consumption, Judkins and Etta Hazle moved to California in 1903. Judkins died on December 11, 1909.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of the D. R. Judkins family and Judkins photography studio. portraits of Governor Watson Squire and staff, Charles Peters, and members of the 14th Infantry Regiment. Also includes the steamer City of Quincy having freight unloaded, the Thomas Burke residence, the A. W. Bash residence in Port Townsend, the Fremont district, the Seattle, Lake Shore and Eastern Railway and scenes in Alaska.

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Judkins familyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1 circa 1890s
1/1 2
 Stereoscopic image of Ida Bangs Judkins and other people picnicking at Deception Pass, Washington
Stamped on photograph: D. R. Judkins, Photo. Washington Territory.Written on verso of original photograph: A picknick from la conna [sic] got fore benefit Wash. Ida sits near the basket. Out at decepcian [sic] pass.
between 1880-1889
1/1 3 between 1888-1895
1/1 4 between 1888-1895
1/1 5 between 1888-1895
1/1 6 circa late 1880s-early 1890s
1/1 7 circa late 1890s-early 1900s
1/1 8 between late 1890s-1903
1/1 9 circa 1898
1/1 10
 David R. Judkins fishing with other people
Stamped on verso of original photograph: D. R. Judkins, Skaguay Alaska Written on verso of original photograph: D. R. Judkins with fish pole, beard
between 1898-1899
1/1 11
 Women carrying Edith Judkins' coffin to a hearse
Theodore E. Peiser (photographer)
Written faintly on photograph: In memoreum [ sic] of Edith A Judkins. Departed Aug 29th 1900. Aged 17 years 3 months
1/1 12
 Memorial to Edith Judkins
Theodore E. Peiser (photographer)
Written faintly on photograph: Tribute of friends in memory of Edith A Judkins

PortraitsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/2 13 circa 1880s-1890s
1/2 14 circa 1880s-1890s
1/2 15
 Nellie Wood (Mrs. Lyman Wood) in Rebekah Lodge regalia
Written on verso: First Noble Grand of the First Rebekah Lodge in Seattle 1886 - Ridgely Rebekah Lodge No. 6 - and afterwards the Chaplain of that Lodge for about 21 years. Born 1837. Mrs. Lyman Wood.
1/2 16
 Charles Peters
Peters was the second husband of Laura Hall Peters, who was well-known at the time as a radical advocate for labor reform, communitarianism, spiritualism, and populism, among other interests. The couple were members of the utopian Puget Sound Cooperative Colony and were said to be the first couple to be married in Port Angeles.
between 1887-1888
1/2 17
 Man and woman with two children
Stamped on verso: D. R. Judkins. Artist, photographer.
circa 1880s-1890s
1/2 18
 Captain A. H. Jackson, General John Gibbon, Lieutenant John P. Wisser, and Colonel Isaac DeRussy
Jackson, Gibbon, Wisser, and DeRussy were sent to Seattle by Grover Cleveland to intervene in the anti-Chinese riots of February 1886.
before 1890
1/2 19
 Members of the United States 14th Infantry Regiment
People identified: (Back row, left to right) Doctor Moseley, Captain Thomas F. Tobey, Captain Charles H. Warrens, Lieutenant Stephen J. Mulhall, Lieutenant Frank Taylor; (front row, left to right) Captain Augustus H. Bainbridge, Captain Charles B. Western, Captain Daniel W. BurkeThe 14th Infantry was sent to Seattle by Grover Cleveland to intervene in the anti-Chinese riots of February 1886.
before 1890
1/2 20
 Watson C. Squire and cabinet staff
Caption printed on photo: Col. S. W. Scott, Ass't Provost Marshall. J. H. McGraw, Sheriff of King County, Aid to the Governor. Col. G. G. Lyon, Aid to the Governor. G. M. Haller, Asst. Adjt Gen., Act'g Adjt Gen. and Chief of Staff. Dr. T. T. Miner [sic], Surgeon General. C. H. Kittinger, Aid to the Governor. Maj. A. E. Alden, Provost Marshal. Capt. Geo. D. Hill, U. S. A. Retired. Commisary General and Chief of Ordinance. Watson C. Squire, Governor and Commander in Chief. Col. G. O. Haller, U. S. A. Retired, Adjutant General.Following his declaration of martial law in response to the anti-Chinese riots, Governor Squire appointed the cabinet staff on February 8, 1886.
circa 1886

Washington photographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/3 21 May 1888
1/3 22 before 1889
1/3 23 between 1883-1888
1/3 24 circa late 1880s-1890s
1/3 25
 David Judkins' house with John Roby Judkins standing in front of Frederick & Nelson furniture wagon
Written on verso: old house, 522 Denny Way, Seattle. John Roby drove delivery.
circa late 1880s-1890s
Washington industry
Box/Folder item
1/4 26 after 1888
1/4 27 after 1888
1/4 28 1888
1/4 29 between 1892-1899
1/4 30 between 1889-1896
1/4 31 undated
1/4 32 before 1889
1/4 33 after 1888
Box/Folder item
1/5 34-35 between 1880-1884
1/5 36 circa 1890
1/5 37 circa 1880s-1890s
1/5 38 before 1889
1/5 39 after 1889
1/5 40 after 1889

Alaska photographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/6 41 between 1898-1899
1/6 42
 Six men standing in front of the New York Blacksmith Shop, Skagway Trail
Written on verso: "Shoeing on the Skagway Trail"
between 1898-1899
1/6 43 between 1898-1899
1/6 44 between 1898-1899

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Railroad companies--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Judkins, David R. (David Roby), 1836-1909,--Archives
  • Judkins, David R. (David Roby), 1836-1909,--Family--Photographs
  • Judkins, David R. (David Roby), 1836-1909,--Homes and haunts--Photographs
  • Judkins, David R. (David Roby), 1836-1909,--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska--Photographs
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Commercial portraiture
  • Photographs

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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