Clara McCarty Wilt Photograph Collection, circa 1860-1929  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Clara McCarty Wilt Photograph Collection
circa 1860-1929 (inclusive)
14 photographs (1 folder) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
Photographs of Clara McCarty Wilt and her family and friends. Wilt was the first graduate of the University of Washington and the first woman superintendent of the Pierce County School District
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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Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator is required to view original photographs. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Clara McCarty Wilt (February 12, 1858-January 29, 1929) was the first graduate of the University of Washington and the first woman superintendent of the Pierce County School District. Clara Antoinette McCarty was born in 1858 in Steilacoom, Washington. Her parents, Jonathan Warren and Ruth Jane Kincaid McCarty, were two of the original settlers of the town of Sumner, Washington. In 1858, during the treaty wars, her parents evacuated their home in Sumner for Steilacoom, and Clara was born there. In 1870, her family moved to Seattle so that she and her siblings could receive a better education. Clara graduated from the Territorial University in 1876 with a bachelor's degree in science, and received a master's degree in 1879 from the University of California at Berkeley. After graduation, she taught school. In 1880, she was elected superintendent of Pierce County Schools, becoming the first woman to hold office in Washington Territory. She won election three years before women in the territory had the right to vote. She married John Henry Wilt in 1882; the couple had one child, Clara May Wilt. McCarty Hall, a dormitory on the University of Washington campus, is named for her.

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Photographs of Clara McCarty Wilt and her family and friends. Other people in the photographs include her brother, Charles Chester McCarty; her father, Jonathan Warren McCarty; her mother, Ruth Jane McCarty ; her friend, Mrs. Shurtleff-Way, and a group of friends from the YWCA.

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Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Jonathan Warren McCarty and his wife Ruth Jane McCarty 1868
1 2  Charles Chester McCarty and Clara Antoinette McCarty
Jonathan and Ruth McCarty were their parents.
1 3  Copy of a photograph of Clara McCarty 1868?
1 4  Clara McCarty at age 16 1874
1 5  Clara McCarty
Jones Rolofson & Co. Elite Photographic Studio, San Francisco (phototgrapher)
1 6  Clara McCarty
Peterson & Bro., Seattle, Washington Territory
1 7  Clara McCarty
Green Studios, Oakland
1 8  Clara McCarty
Green Studios, Oakland
1 9  Clara McCarty and her friend Mrs. Shurtleff-Way
Green Studios, Oakland
1 10  Clara McCarty Wilt
Frank G. Abell Photography, Portland
Clara McCarty was married to John Henry Wilt in 1882.
1 11  Clara McCarty Wilt
A. Jackson, Tacoma
between 1880 and 1890?
1 12  Clara McCarty Wilt
Hartsook, Tacoma
1 13  Clara McCarty Wilt
1 14  Clara McCarty Wilt and YWCA friends
Clara McCarty Wilt is the second from the left.

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  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)