Walter H. Tiedeman collection of photographs and other material, 1896-1927  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Tiedeman, Walter H.
Title
Walter H. Tiedeman collection of photographs and other material
Dates
1896-1927 (inclusive)
1914-1924 (bulk)
Quantity
.42 cubic feet, (1 box, including 221 photographs)
Collection Number
2009.55 (accession)
Summary
Photographs of public works projects in Seattle, mostly street paving, and personal photographs of Tiedeman, plus some papers and ephemera
Repository
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
98108
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
library@mohai.org
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

Languages
English.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Walter Tiedeman was the son of German immigrants Theodore and Hannah Tiedeman, who came to the United States in 1855 and eventually settled on North Street and Second Avenue in Ballard around 1891. Tiedeman graduated from the School of Mines at the University of Washington in 1901 with a Bachelor of Science in Mining Engineering; that same year he ran on the Democratic ticket for City Treasurer in Ballard. Tiedeman was hired in 1902 as computer for the City of Seattle City Engineer's Department, and promoted in 1904 to 2nd grade draughtsman. In 1905, he was appointed to the position of District Engineer, with a transfer to the position of Principal Assistant City Engineer in 1912.

Tiedeman was married in June 1906 to Anna Gertrude in St. Johns, Oregon. She is listed as Tiedeman's widow beginning with the 1928 city directory.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists largely of photographs of public works projects taking place in Seattle during the period that Tiedeman worked for the City Engineer's office, largely depicting street paving and regrade activities. Many of the photographs depict paving in Seattle's Ballard neighborhood. Also includes an album of photographs from Tiedeman's days as a University of Washington undergraduate, circa 1898-1901, and a few other photographs of Tiedeman. The collection also includes correspondence related to Tiedeman's hiring for various positions in the City Engineer's office, ephemera from his UW days, an invitation to his wedding, and photocopies of newspaper articles in which he is mentioned.

Most of the photographers were taken by James P. Lee, photographer for the City of Seattle's Engineering Department.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Walter H. Tiedeman Collection of Photographs and Other Material, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Photographs, 1896-1927Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Public works projects
1921-1927
Photographs by James Lee
James Patrick Lee worked as a photographer for the Seattle Engineering Department, recording the developments that shaped the city's landscape in the first half of the 20th century.
The photographer's number is given for each photograph.
Beacon Hill regrade at Dearborn Street
9 photographs
Lee, James (photographer)
1923-1924
Box/Folder
1/1
1: Ninth Avenue S. and Dearborn regrade area in snow
2 photographs in panorama
Lee 4708
1922 November 15
1/1 1923 May 9
1/1
3:  View down Dearborn Street towards bridge
2 photographs in panorama
Lee 4806
1923 May 9
1/1
4: Dearborn Street and bridge at 12th Avenue
Lee 4810
1923 June 18
1/1
5: Bridge across Dearborn Street at 12th Avenue
Lee 4811
1923 June 18
1/1
6: Man using power house at regrade site
Lee 4848
1923 October 22
1/1 1923 October 22
1/1
8: Man standing near Koehring Company shovel
Lee 4852
1923 October 22
1/1
9: View of houses and businesses along Dearborn Street
Lee 4909
1924 March 6
1/1
10: Dearborn Street showing bridge
Lee 4913
1924 March 21
Seattle streets and neighborhoods
1921-1927
Box/Folder
1/2
11-12: Rainier Avenue paving, McClellan Street east of Rainier Avenue, showing sprinklers
2 photographs
Lee 4560, 4561
1921 September 25
1/3
13: Construction work at Elliott Avenue, south of bay, looking southeast
Lee 4606
1922 June 6
1/3
14: Construction work at Elliott Avenue, Western Avenue south of junction with Elliott Avenue, looking north
Lee 4607
1922 June 6
1/3
15: Elliott Avenue, south of Junction with Western Avenue, looking south
Lee 4608
1922 June 6
1/4
16: Brick paved street near East Olive Place with regrade activity visible
Lee 4845
1923 September 14
1/5
17: Elliott Avenue
Lee 4862
Bay View Laundry Co. on right
1923 October 22
1/5
18: View of junction of Western and Elliott Avenues showing new paving on Elliott and streetcar tracks on Western Avenue
Lee 4863
1923 October 22
1/5
19: View of paving on Elliott Avenue
Lee 4864
1923 October 22
1/5
20 : Cobblestone street with streetcar tracks, probably Western Avenue
Lee 4865
1923 October 22
1/6
21: Street with streetcar tracks, probably East Madison Street
Lee 4914
1924 March 21
1/6
22-23: View of East Madison Street showing laying of bridge decking
Lee 4915-4916
1924 March 21
1/7
24-27: Unidentified Seattle streets
4 photographs
Lee 4917-4920
These photographs appear to document paved streets and paving operations. Streetcar tracks are visible on some of the streets. Possibly same area depicted in following photograph, NE 40th Street near Ninth Avenue.
1924 March 21
1/7
28: NE 40th Street near Ninth Avenue NE, showing train tracks
Lee 4921
1924 March 21
1/8
29-31: West Spokane Street bridge
Lee 5402, 5403, 5405
1924
1/9
32: Eastlake Avenue at Harrison Street looking north, showing streetcar tracks and streetcar in distance
Lee 5909
1927 September 15
1/9
33: Eastlake Avenue at Lynn Street looking north
Lee 5910
1927 September 15
Photographs by Asahel Curtis
The photographer's number is given for each photograph.
undated
Box/Folder
1/10
34: Newly paved street with sprinklers running
Curtis 42305
undated
1/11 undated
1/12-13 undated
Other photographs
Box/Folder
1/14
38: Four men in suits watching man jack hammering on East Marginal Way
Written on verso: Removing land - cement cushion on E. Marg Way - St Dept
1921
1/14
39-40: Views of raised road and road supports
2 photographs
Negatives on file
undated
Walter Tiedeman and family
1896-1919
Box/Folder
1/15
41: Group portrait of Elks members, including Walter Tiedeman
Caption on photo: Officers of the Washington State Elks Association. Annual Midwinter Meeting. Seattle, Jan. 30, 1919.
1919 January 30
1/16
42: Tiedeman family home in Ballard
H.(?) W. Stedman , Ballard, Washington (photographer)
Writing on verso: Teidemann's [sic] at home (Ballard) View North Side - Nov-1-96
1896 November 1
1/17
43: Portrait of Walter Tiedeman
Bushnell , Seattle (photographer)
circa 1900
1/18
44-45: Unidentified family groups
2 photographs
Possibly Tiedeman's family (parents and siblings). One photo shows a group outdoors, the other grouped around a Christmas tree
1900-1902

Photograph albumsReturn to Top

2 albums
Container(s) Description Dates
46: Album 1
114 photographs on 68 pages
circa 1914-1922
Box/Folder Page
1/19-21 1-6
46.1-46.23: Los Angeles
23 photographs
Images of paved streets and a paved (with brick??) bridge, pipe construction, and tunnels, many of which are labeled on verso as depicting areas of Los Angeles.
undated
1/22 7
46.24: Retaining wall along Eastlake Avenue, showing streetcar tracks
1913 October 24
1/22 7
46.25: Curbstones and retaining wall at Grand Avenue
1913 October 24
1/22 7
46.26: Dirt road and retaining wall along 3rd Avenue West
1913 October 24
1/22 7
46.27: Men working near lumber lined trench
undated
1/22 8
46.28-31: Repaving along Second Avenue
4 photographs
Includes 2 photographs of construction along street and 2 detail views of rail tracks
1914 August-September
1/23 9
46.32-34: Close views of curb defect (?)
3 photographs
undated
1/23-25 10-13
46.35-57: Detail and microscopic (?) views of various metals
A handwritten inventory to these photographs is included in the album.
1913 February 6; 1915 January 5; undated
1/25 14
46.58: Ship canal looking east
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2589
1914 October 7
1/26 15
46.59: Construction along the north shore of the Lake Washington ship canal
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2587
1914 October 7
1/26 16
46.60: Construction near Lake Washington ship canal
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2588
1914 October 7
1/27 17
46.61: Streets being prepared for paving, probably in Ballard
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2586
1914 October 7
1/27 18
46.62: Dirt road near rail tracks, south on Leary Way from 48th Street
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2582
1914 October 7
1/28 19
46.63: Rail tracks looking north on Leary Way from 11th NW
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2583
Magnolia Milling Co. and a lumberyard visible along tracks.
1914 October 7
1/28 20
46.64: Leary Way from 11th NW, showing men working on rail tracks
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2581
1914 October 7
1/29 21
46.65: Construction, looking east on Leary Way from 17th NW, lumberyard visible to right
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2584
1914 October 7
1/29 22
46.66: Street being prepared for paving, Ballard
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2585
1914 October 7
1/30 23 circa 1915
1/30-31 24-25
46.68-73: Small stones on ground and in mixer (possibly used as aggregate in concrete)
1916 March 15-16
1/31-32 26-28 1916 July 12
1/33-35 29-34
46.77-82: Various paved areas with ruler or other measurement markers
undated
1/36 35
46.83: Second Avenue NE showing paved street and curb
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4162
1919 January 13
1/36-37 36-37
46.84-85: Section of piling with teredo (worm) holes
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4037-4038
1918 April 1
1/37 38
46.86: Broken pieces of pipe on ground
undated
1/38 39
46.87: Construction, possibly on embankment of Montlake cut
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 2601
1914 October 14
1/38 40
46.88: Construction, probably paving, at South Lake Union, looking east on Valley from Boren
James P. Lee (photographer)
Showing rail tracks and Ford Motor Company building at Fairview and Valley
Lee 2590
1914 October 7
1/39-40 41-43
46.89-91: Paving operation showing mixer and use of subgrade templates
undated
1/40 44 1921 August 3
1/41 45
46.93: Elliott Avenue at West Mercer Place looking south, showing railroad tracks
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4545
1921 August 3
1/41 46
46.94: Near Elliott Avenue, looking north (?)
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4546
1921 August 3
1/42 47
46.95: Elliott Avenue and Fifteenth Avenue West
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4547
1921 August 3
1/42 48
46.96: Fifteenth Avenue NW at Leary Way
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4547
1921 August 3
1/43 49
46.97: Streetcar tracks and paving in progress, Fourteenth Avenue NW at Leary Way
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4549
1921 August 3
1/43-44 50-52
46.98-100: NE 40th Street near Pasadena Place
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4517-4519
Same street shown in 4918-4920
1921 May 12
1/45 53-54
46.101-102: Rainier Avenue paving, McClellan Street east of Rainier Avenue, showing sprinklers
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4560-4561
1921 September 26
1/46-48 55-60
46.103-108:  Paving on 10th Avenue NE (Roosevelt Way) near NE 61st Street
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4562-4567
1921 September 28
1/49-51 61-66
46.110-114:  Views of Elliott Avenue from Denny to Garfield
James P. Lee (photographer)
Lee 4590-4595
1922 January 4
Box
1
47: Album 2
62 photographs 3.25 x 3.25 inches
Photographs from Tiedeman's student days and graduation at University of Washington, mostly photographs of friends, and also views of campus. Also includes photographs of the battleship Iowa, native hop pickers, the ship Stimson, and views of Seattle.
circa 1899-1901

:  Papers, Return to Top

Container(s): Box

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/52-54
48-50: Employment papers
3 folders
Includes correspondence regarding Tiedeman's eligibility for and appointments as computer (1902) and draughtsman (1904) for the City of Seattle; and District Engineer (October 1908); and Principal Assistant City Engineer (1912).
1902-1923
1/55
51: Real estate
1 folder
Includes a deed and correspondence about sale of Seattle property.
1922-1924
1/56-58
52-54: Ephemera
4 folders
Includes a 4 page flyer by petitioners to the Phi Gamma Delta Fraternity at UW, of which Tiedeman was a member; invitation and dance cards for UW dances; dance cards for other dances; and an invitation to Tiedeman's marriage to Anna Gertrude (1906).
1899-1906
1/59
55: Photocopies of clippings from scrapbook
1 folder
These clippings were photocopied from a scrapbook created by Tiedeman which is not part of the collection.
1898-1912

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Concrete--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Construction--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Grading (Earthwork)--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Pavements--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Road Construction--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Tiedeman, Walter H..--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Ballard (Seattle, Wash.)
  • United States--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941 (photographer)
    • Lee, James Patrick (photographer)