Seattle Historical Society Founders' Day and Other Events Photograph Collection, 1894-1925  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Title
Seattle Historical Society Founders' Day and Other Events Photograph Collection
Dates
1894-1925 (inclusive)
1911-1925 (bulk)
Quantity
127 photographs, including two albums, (2 boxes)
Collection Number
2008.3.1
Summary
Photographs of Seattle Historical Society members at annual Founders' Day celebrations and other events.
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.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The beginnings of the Seattle Historical Society date to November 13, 1911--the 60th anniversary of the Denny Party landing at Alki beach--when pioneer builder and contractor Morgan Carkeek and his wife Emily hosted the first “Founders' Day” ball at their First Hill mansion on Boren Street. Guests were requested to arrive in historic costumes related to early Seattle; women arrived in period dresses, in Native American costume, or dressed as historic figures like Princess Angeline. The party became an annual, invitation-only event, to which guests were asked to bring artifacts or documents related to Seattle history. The first two items donated to the Society’s collection were a copy of Arthur Denny’s 1888 memoir Pioneer Days on Puget Sound, and Thomas Prosch’s biography of pioneers Dr. David S. and Catherine T. Maynard. Professor Edmond S. Meany gave the Society use of a room at the University of Washington, and space in a fireproof room for storage. The Seattle Historical Society was incorporated on January 8, 1914, with the original membership limited to white settlers and their descendents. The founding trustees were Judge George Donworth, Judge C. H. Hanford, Judge R. B. Albertson, Lawrence J. Colman, Edmond S. Meany, and Margaret Lenora Denny; the articles of incorporation were signed by Emily Carkeek, Cannie Ford Trimble, Charlotte Haller McKee, Virginia McCarver Prosch, and Flora Thornton Prosser.

Later known as the Historical Society of Seattle and King County, the group worked to open a museum that would tell the history of their city. The Museum of History & Industry (MOHAI) opened in Seattle’s Montlake neighborhood in 1952, its early exhibits displaying the artifacts, documents and photographs collected by the Seattle Historical Society since its inception at that first costume party in 1911.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collections consists of 44 loose photographs and two albums of 13 and 70 photographs. Most of the loose photographs depict women in period costume inside or in front of Morgan J. and Emily Carkeek's residence at the annual Founders' Day celebrations, between 1911 and 1925. Many of the photographs have identifications inscribed on the back or on separate sheets of paper. Women are usually identified by their husband's names, and many names of prominent early Seattleites recur over the years: Morgan J. Carkeek, Thomas Burke, Charles Rollins, A.F. McEwan,William Trimble, Charles and Arthur Denny, Erastus Brainerd, James Howe, E.L Blaine, T.T. Minor, Thomas Prosch, Thornton Prosser, William Biglow, and John Goodfellow, among others.

Both albums also contain photographs of the Founders' Day parties, including many duplicates of the loose photographs. The album apparently assembled by Emily Carkeek also includes many photographs of members of the Seattle Historical Society and other Seattle organizations at Park Board picnics at old Carkeek Park on Pontiac Bay at Lake Washington.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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.

Alternative Forms Available

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Preferred Citation

Collection of Seattle Historical Society Founders' Day and other events photographs, 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.

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Founders' Day costume parties at Carkeek mansion
These photographs depict women in period costume at the annual Seattle Historical Society Founders' Day celebrations. All of the photographs depict groups of women in costume posed inside or outside the Carkeek mansion, unless otherwise noted.
Arranged chronologically
1911-1925
Box/Folder
1/1
2008.3.1.1:  Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
5 copies
Includes identification list
Negative on file
1911 November 13
1/2
2008.3.1.2:  Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
8 copies
Negative on file
1911 November 13
1/2 1911 November 13
1/2
2008.3.1.4: Seven young women dressed as Native Americans
2 copies
Identifications of verso: Olive Kerry, Hazel Landes, Connie Goodfellow, Guendolen Carkeek, Gladys Landes, Olive Schran, Hortense Smith
Negative on file
1911 November 13
1/3
2008.3.1.5:  Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
3 copies
Includes identification list
1912
1/3
2008.3.1.6: Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
3 copies
Negative on file
1912
1/3
2008.3.1.7:  Three women in costume
3 copies
Mrs. William Perkins, Mrs. Donworth and Mrs. Rollins
1912
1/3
2008.3.1.8:  Woman (Mrs. Rollins?) in costume
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952 (photographer)
Photograph is signed by Curtis
circa 1912
1/4
2008.3.1.9:  Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
4 copies
Negative on file
1914
1/4
2008.3.1.10:  Three women in costume
Mrs. Thomas Green, Mrs. Howe and Louise Hanford
1914
1/4
2008.3.1.11:  Three women in costume
1914
1/5
2008.3.1.12: Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
4 copies
Negative on file
1916
1/5
2008.3.1.13: Five women in costume
2 copies
Identifications on verso: Mrs. Banford, Miss Young, Mrs. Emmons, Mrs. Latimer, Mrs. Chilberg
1916
1/5
2008.3.1.14: Three women in costume
2 copies
Identifications on verso: Mrs. W. Smith, Mrs. Thomas Green, Mrs. Waterman
1916
1/5
2008.3.1.15: Two women in costume
Identifications on verso: Mrs. J.C. Haines, Mrs. Biglow
1916
1/5
2008.3.1.16:  Two women in costume
1916
1/5 1916
1/6
2008.3.1.18:  Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
3 copies
Some identifications on verso
circa 1917
1/7
2008.3.1.19: Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
Some identifications on verso
1919 November 13
1/7
2008.3.1.20:  Three women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
Identified on verso as Mrs. Maurice McMickan, Mrs. N.H. Latimer, and Mrs. William F. [Flora] Prosser
1919 Novmeber 13
1/7
2008.3.1.21: Two women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
Identified on verso as Mrs. Redick [Charlotte] McKee and Mrs. Theodore Haller
1919 November 13
1/8
2008.3.1.22: Mrs. J.W. Godwin and Mrs. N.H. Latimer
1924 November 13
1/8
2008.3.1.23:  Flora Prosser
1924 November 13
1/8
2008.3.1.24: Mrs. Charles Denny
1924 November 13
1/8
2008.3.1.25: Mrs. Edgar Ames
1924 November 13
1/8
2008.3.1.26-.27: Guendolen Carkeek
1924 November 13
1/9
2008.3.1.28: Group of women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
2 copies
Negative on file
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.29:  Mrs. Sam Crawford
2 copies
French, Arthur (photographer)
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.30:  Mrs Blaine (?), Mrs. E.A. Strout and Mrs. Harry Whitney Treat
French, Arthur (photographer)
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.31: Mrs. J.H.L. Murray
French, Arthur (photographer)
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.32:  Mrs. Thomas Burke
French, Arthur (photographer)
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.33: Mrs. Theodore N. Haller and Mrs. Carl M. Ballard
French, Arthur (photographer)
1925
1/9
2008.3.1.34: Group of men and women at buffet table at Founders' Day party
Negative on file
1939 November 13
1/10
2008.3.1.35-.36: Group of women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
undated
1/10
2008.3.1.37: Group of young women in Dutch costumes
undated
1/10
2008.3.1.38: Collage of women in costume
undated
2/1
Clippings
4 items
Newspaper reproductions of photographs from Founders' Day parties captioned with descriptions and identifications.
1914-1922, undated
Other events
Box/Folder
1/11
2008.3.1.39: Group, mostly women, at garden party
Inscribed on verso: "Mrs. Bausman's garden"
circa 1910
1/11
2008.3.1.40: Group posed outside commercial building
undated
1/11
2008.3.1.41: Group posed in ornate room
Some identifications on verso: Edmund Bowden, Rolland Denny, J.N. Hardy, Mrs. N.H. Latimer, Albert Hansen, Edmond S. Meany
undated
1/11
2008.3.1.42: Studio portrait of group of young men and women
undated
1/11
2008.3.1.43: Two women looking at rhododendrons
Handwritten on verso: "Allice Owens 1929--?"
undated
1/12
2008.3.1.44: Studio portrait of six women
Tintype
Identifications on mount: Rebecca Collins, Edana Collins, Adelaide Nickels, Anne Turner, May Riley, Emma Collins
1904
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
1/13
2008.3.1.45:  Group of young women in costume at Founders' Day Ball, Seattle, November 13, 1911
 Three women in costume, 1939
 Three women in costume, 1939
13 photographs
Mostly photographs of women in costume at Founders' Day celebrations; also men and women at Founder Day parties and two images of people at unidentified events. Many of the photographs are duplicates of images in Photographs series.
1911-1916, 1939
Box
2
2008.3.1.46: Emily Carkeek album of Founders Day party and Carkeek Park picnic photographs
Carkeek, Emily, d. 1926 (creator)
70 photographs
Photographs of women in costume at annual Founders' Day celebrations at Carkeek mansions, including duplicates of some of the images in the Photographs series. Also includes photographs of picnics at the "original" Carkeek Park (1918-1926) on Pontiac Bay at Lake Washington, later the site of the Sand Point Naval Station and now Magnuson Park.These annual picnic luncheons were given by the Seattle Park Board for donors to the park and their friends on the anniversary of the donation of the park by Morgan and Emily Carkeek. Guest included delegations from the Seattle Historical Society, the City Council, the Chamber of Commerce and the Optimist Club. Dates given are taken from captions and inscriptions on the photographs.
1894, 1911-1925
Page
1
Ezra Meeker and Morgan J. Carkeek shaking hands
undated
2
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
undated
3
Group at Carkeek Park picnic
1924
4
Men at picnic table
Inscription on photo: "Optimist Club"
1924 August 25
5, 6
Group, including Morgan J. Carkeek, at picnic table
undated
7 undated
8
Mrs. George Riley
Grady (photographer)
1921
9 circa 1918
10
Emily Carkeek
Grady (photographer)
1921
11
Emily and Morgan Carkeek
undated
12, 13 1922 October
15 undated
16
Ezra Meeker and Morgan J. Carkeek
undated
17 1911
18
Group, including Morgan and Emily Carkeek, at park picnic
Clipping describing the picnic is attached to the page.
1923 October 9
19 undated
21
Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
undated
22-24 1924 August 28
25
Group of Nigerians and one white man at Peace Celebration Day, Owo, Nigeria
1919 August
29
Mrs. Burke and Mrs. Barkus in costume
1916
31
Mrs. Donworth, Mrs. Perkins and Mrs. Rollins in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1914
35
Mrs. McEwan in costume
undated
35
Mrs. Hawley and Mrs. Thomas Green in costume
undated
37
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1917
39
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
Two loose copies. Includes identifications
1916
41
Woman in costume
undated
42
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1925
43
Mrs. Rolland Denny and Mrs. David Bowen in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1924 November 13
44
Mrs. George Donworth and Mrs. Horton [illegible]
1924 November 13
45-48
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
undated
49
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1919
51
Mrs. McMurken, Mrs. Latimer and Mrs. Prosser in costume on porch of Carkeek mansion
1919
52
Mrs. Frank Reading Van Tuyl in costume
Grady (photographer)
1921
53
Two women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1924 November 13
55
Carkeek mansion from street
Inscribed on photograph: "1st home of the Seattle Historical Society"
undated
56, 57
Women dressed up as Grandpa and Grandma Smallwood from Charles Dickens's Bleak House
Apparently for a "Dickens party" at Carkeek mansion
1894 February 3
59
Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
1911
61
Seven women dressed as Native Americans outside Carkeek mansion
1911
63
Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
1911
65
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1914
67
Women in costume
Negative on file
1914
68 1911
69
Mrs. Biglow as "Old Settler" and another woman in costume
1916
70
Three women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
undated
71
Mrs. Thomas Burke in costume
1914
71 1914
73 1914
75
Mrs.Bradley, Mrs. Nelson Chilberg and Mrs. W.V. Rinehart in costume
2 copies
1917 November 5
77
Group of women
Includes identifications
undated
78
Mrs. Waldo Richardson in costume
undated
79
Mrs. Wettengel in costume
undated
81
Five women in costume
1916
83
Mrs. John Collins, Mrs. Winlock Miller and Mrs. Joseph Blethen in costume
1917
85
Mrs. Winfield Smith in costume
1916
87
Mrs. Biglow as "Old Settler" and another woman in costume
1916
89
Mrs. George Donworth in costume
1920
91
Eight Native American chiefs
McKnight Studio , Olympia (photographer)
undated
92
Women in costume
1925
93
Mrs. M.H. McKee and Mrs. Theodore Haller in costume
1919
94
Women in costume inside Carkeek mansion
1913
95
Women in costume on porch of Carkeek mansion
Includes identifications
1919
96
Women in costume outside Carkeek mansion
1922

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Costume--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Parks and playgrounds
  • Parties--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Picnicking--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Carkeek, Morgan J., 1847-1931
  • Corporate Names :
  • Seattle Historical Society
  • Geographical Names :
  • Carkeek Park (Seattle, Wash.)
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Carkeek, Emily, d. 1926 (creator)