Seattle First Baptist Church photograph collection, circa 1900-1930  PDF

Overview of the Collection

First Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)
Seattle First Baptist Church photograph collection
circa 1900-1930 (inclusive)
198 lantern slides (4 boxes)
Collection Number
Glass lantern slides from the Seattle First Baptist Church located in downtown Seattle, Washington
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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Historical NoteReturn to Top

Seattle First Baptist Church was founded in December 1869 when eleven members held the first service in the home of Abigail Hanford. The first church was built in 1872 and was located between present day 4th and 5th Avenues and Cherry and James Streets. The Great Seattle Fire of 1889 stopped short of the church, but the congregation soon grew too much for the little building to hold and a new sanctuary was built in 1899 at the same location. The regrading of downtown left the church at the edge of a deep cut on 4th avenue, and so in 1906, a committee was formed to oversee the building of a new church. The current site on the corner of Harvard Avenue and Seneca Street was chosen and completed in 1912.

From the beginning, the Church has emphasized Christian education and social outreach ranging from offering assistance during the resettlement of Japanese after World War II to the creation of the Christian Center, one of the first urban renewal projects in the country.

Church leadership has shifted away from a traditional hierarchical model to one of collaboration with a coordinating pastor leading a four-person pastoral team. The Church is known for upholding diversity and progressive values, and engaging in urban issues.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Glass lantern slides from the Seattle First Baptist Church. Images include individual portraits, group shots, church staff, images of the church and other buildings, Church-related activities, World War I Servicemen from the First Baptist Church, Dr. Whitman’s travels, children in school, young children in hospital, logging, illustrated hymn slides, and a series entitled “My Faith Looks Up To Thee,” featuring pictures of angels over a city. Some of the slides are labeled "Douglass Light Company, 2025 First Avenue Seattle" and "History in Glass Slides, made by Ben Pettit, delivered by Henry M. Pettit." Also included are three black and white photographs: Esther McCollough, "AUG 1940," and "X Ray."

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Baptist church buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Baptists--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Children--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Church buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Soldiers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • First Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)--Archives
  • First Baptist Church (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Lantern slides

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