Earl Layman painting & illustration collection, 1929-1993  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Layman, Earl D
Earl Layman painting & illustration collection
1929-1993 (inclusive)
approximately 90 watercolor paintings & illustrations, 5 photographs, sketchbooks, schoolwork & miscellaneous ephemera (4 boxes )
Collection Number
Watercolor paintings, illustrations, sketches and notes from Earl D. Layman
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

Access restricted: For terms of access, contact University of Washington Libraries Special Collections.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Earl Drais Layman (1916-2001) was educated in social science, architecture, painting, and history at the University of Oregon and the Ecole des Beaux Arts in Fountainbleau, France. He was an instructor in architectural history, design and art at Auburn and Kansas State Universities. In 1968 he was hired by the Seattle Design Commission. In his years of service to the city, he was instrumental in creating and protecting many historic districts of Seattle. He was the first Historic Preservation Officer of the city from 1975 to 1982.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Watercolor paintings, pen & ink sketches & illustrations, personal sketchbooks, school assignments, some photographs & personal ephemera; bulk of material signed & dated or otherwise attributed to Laymen, with a few paintings/illustrations attributed to acquaintances of the artist.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Small paintings and sketches
Illustrations, watercolor paintings of cathedrals, churches, landscapes, and architecture. School work and photographs of downtown Seattle and Earl D. Layman.
circa 1930-1978
2-4 Watercolor paintings
Watercolor paintings of landscapes, architecture, still-life, and religious buildings. Also include sketches and notes, illustrations, and a photograph of a house.

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