Joy Spurr photographs, circa 1960-2009  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Spurr, Joy 1919-2009
Joy Spurr photographs
circa 1960-2009 (inclusive)
7 record cartons containing slide pages, slide boxes, and paperwork; 4 flat boxes containing slides; 1 shoebox of negatives and slides; 1 slide cabinet containing 12 drawers
Collection Number
Slides, photographs, and documents on Joy Spurr's study of wildlife and trips to various countries
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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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Joy Margaret Spurr (1919-2009) was a professional photographer who ran the company NatureView Photo. She photographed all over the world and was an author and lecturer. She moved to Seattle in 1940 and later moved to Issaquah in 1988. She was a member of the Woodland Park Zoological Society, Puget Sound Mycological Society, the Arboretum Foundation, Evergreen Rock Club and Issaquah Rock Center. (

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Slides of nature photography by Joy Spurr and related paperwork from photography trips. Images include wildlife, mushrooms, rocks, insects, amphibians, and some personal photographs of Spurr and her husband. Locations include the western, southwestern and plain states in the United States, as well as South American, African, and Asian countries.

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Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Joy Spurr documents
Biographical information on Joy Spurr, nature photography by Roger and Joy Spurr, lecture notes, articles, and miscellaneous.Presentation slides: "Introduction to Mushrooms" with presentation notes
2 Joy Spurr and trips
Published articles written by Joy Spurr, pamphlets, articles, and handbooks about wildflowers, mushrooms, and plants. Also include slides and documents on trips to Europe, Southeast Asia, Africa, and the Arctic, 1992-1995
3 Travel documents
Pamphlets, itineraries, maps, travel documents, and notes. Travel locations include: Ethiopia, Spain, India, Peru, Iran, Greece, Mongolia, Cuba, Japan, Norway, and Turkey.
4 Slides of trips
Slides on trips to Argentina, Iceland, Antarctica, Indonesia, Madagascar, Australia, Ethiopia, Alaska, and Central Asia.
5 Slides and Travel documents
Slides on trips to Turkey, Spain, Peru, Greece, Norway, Japan, Cuba, Russia, Netherlands, Mongolia, and Cambodia Travel documents, itineraries, and maps on trips to Brazil, Alaska, Baja California, Ecuador, and Kenya.
6 Travel documents
Travel documents, itineraries, articles, handbooks, and maps. Travel locations include: Argentina, Thailand, Nepal, Madagascar, Costa Rica, Austria, Mexico, Alaska, Guatemala, Chile, England, South Africa, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Antarctica
7 Slides and Miscellaneous
3 carousel slide trays: Mushroom presentation (part of "Introduction to Mushrooms"), "Scenes of Geology throughout the World", and Madagascar presentation; and container of keys
8 Slides and Negatives
Negatives of plants, landscapes of the pacific northwest, a collection of negatives on Clematis, reference cards for negatives, and two containers of slides. Photographed by Roger and Joy Spurr.
9 Slides: Birds
Slides on Birds (A-G)
10 Slides: Birds
Slides on Birds (G-P)
11 Slides: Birds and Mammals
Slides on Birds (P-W) , Mammals (A-B)
12 Slides: Mammals
Slides on Birds (B-F)
13 Slide cabinet
12 drawers of slides on mushrooms, animals, insects, plants, and sites.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Birds--Photographs
  • Mammals--Photographs
  • Mushrooms--Photographs
  • Plants--Northwest, Pacific--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Spurr, Joy--Archives
  • Spurr, Joy--Family--Photographs
  • Spurr, Joy--Photographs
  • Spurr, Joy--Travel--Photographs
  • Spurr, Roger--photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Asia--Photographs
  • Europe--Photographs
  • Iceland--Photographs
  • South America--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs
  • Records (Documents)
  • Slides (photographs)
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Spurr, Roger, (photographer)

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