John P. Soule photograph album, 1897-1900  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Soule, John P.
John P. Soule photograph album
1897-1900 (inclusive)
42 photographs (1 box) ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of Soule home in Seattle, including images of family and friends, of the Lake Washington bicycle path, Native American canoes and campsites and other Seattle scenes
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.

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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

John P. Soule was born on October 16, 1828 in Phillips, Maine. Soule worked as a photographer in Boston from around 1859 until 1882 when he traveled west photographing in Colorado and Utah along the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad and in Salt Lake City. In 1888, John Soule moved to Seattle, where he continued to work as a photographer. Soule photographed the aftermath of Seattle Fire of 1889 and the rebuilding thereafter. He continued to live in Seattle, occasionally making photographs of the growing city, until his death in 1904.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Album of photographs by John P. Soule, including images of Soule, his wife Mary and his sister-in-law, Mrs. McAlpin, at the Soule home in Seattle; Lake Washington bicycle path; downtown Seattle; the USS Iowa in drydock; and Native American canoes and campsite on the shore.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The collection consists of an album and four loose photographs. It appears that two of those photographs probably fell out of the album.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Source: Chuck Hayes; 2007.

Processing Note

Processed by Jennifer Hawkins, 2010.

Accessioned as PH2009-005.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1-3 1899-1900
4 1899-1900
5 November 7, 1900
6 1899-1900
7 1899-1900
8 1899-1900
9-10b 1899-1900
11-12 1899-1900
 Group on picnic at Mercer Island
Group probably includes John Soule and wife. It also includes a Chinese man who may be a servant.
 Mount Rainier
Stamped on verso: Mt. Rainier from Seattle, Wash. Copyright 1897 by J.P. Soule.
Blank page (photograph has fallen out)
Photograph 39 or 40 probably belongs on this page.
16 1899-1900
17 1899-1900
18 1899-1900
19 1899-1900
20 1899-1900
21 1899-1900
22-23 1899-1900
24 1899-1900
25 1899-1900
26 1899-1900
 Women with bicycles along the Lake Washington bicycle path
Photograph 28 is loose in the album.
33 1899-1900
34 1899-1900
35-36 1899-1900
37 1899-1900
38 1899-1900

Loose photosReturn to Top

These photographs were found loose in the back of the album. Two of them have glue marks indicating that they may have come off of an album page.

Container(s) Description Dates
 View of Lake Washington
This photograph may have been on page 15 of the album
 Steamships at Pacific Coast Company dock and view of Seattle from waterfront
This photograph may have been on page 15 of the album
 Two houses on Broadway
Written on verso: Our old Broadway home on the left--and on the right the new double house that I built last summer
42 1899-1900

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Personal Names

  • Soule, John P.--Photographs