William H. Partridge Alaska photographs, 1887  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Partridge, W. H. (William Henry), 1858-1939
William H. Partridge Alaska photographs
1887 (inclusive)
61 photographic prints, 1 album (1 box) ; 8.5 x 5.25 in.
Collection Number
Photographs taken by William H. Partridge of a trip on the steamshipAnconup the southeastern Alaskan coast in 1887, also photos of a Northern Pacific Railroad survey crew
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Born in 1858 in West Virginia, William Partridge was already listed as a photographer in a Boston business directory in 1878. He was soon joined by his older brother Edward, working with their father at A. C. Partridge & Sons. By 1884, William and Edward had moved to Portland, where they established their own studio. In September of that year they exhibited a series of photographs made at night by electric light. Both Edward and William Partridge traveled to Alaska and brought back photographs -- William in 1886 and Edward in 1887. Then in 1887, shortly after marrying Emma Abell, daughter of Portland photographer Frank Abell, William moved back to Boston. Both Edward's and William's Alaska and Oregon views sold briskly on the east coast, and many of their Pacific Northwest boudoir cards found today include a Boston imprint. William continued his studio in Boston for many years, from 1886 until 1914. After his career in photography, he became involved in real estate. He died in Wellesley in 1939.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This collection contains photographs, referred to as "Boudoir Cards" probably made on one trip, on the steamship Ancon up the southeastern Alaskan coast with stops in Fort Wrangell, Juneau, Killisnoo and Sitka. There are several photographs of the ship and the scenery, as well as a few shots featuring passengers and the native Tlingit Indians. These photographs are from Partridge's "Catalogue of Alaska Views." The collection also includes one boudoir card photograph album of "Alaska Souvenir Photographs", which contains a list of the photographs. There are also photos of a Northern Pacific Railroad survey crew.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Introduced in the 1880s, the "Boudoir Card" size (5.5 x 8.5 inches) is a larger verison of the "Cabinet Card" size (4.5 x 7 inches), and was originally produced for marketing purposes. The "Boudoir Card" consisted of a paper photograph mounted on a cardboard mount and usually cost more money than the smaller size "Cabinet Card". This collection contains one "Boudoir Card" photograph album. The following 15 photographs were originally contained within the album: item 3, 9,19, 22, 31, 34b, 36, 38, 40, 44, 45, 48, 49, 50, 52.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Juneau, AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/5 14 1887
1/5 15a 1887
1/5 15b 1887
1/5 16 1887
1/5 17 1887

Killisnoo, AlaskaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/6 18 1887
1/6 19 1887

Sitka, Alaska and vicinityReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/9 27 1887
1/9 28
 Russian fort (7813)
On verso: "The Russian blockhouse in left foreground is 5-sided. To its right is the 'Castle' (the Russian governor’s house) above; Custom House below. To the left of post is the barracks, used by Russian, then American troops, which later became a jail."
1/9 29 1887
1/9 30 1887
1/10 31 1887
1/10 32 1887
1/11 33 1887
1/11 34a-b
 View of Sitka Harbor and Islands from above, at ‘The Castle’ (7341)
"a" is mounted on a card from Portland, Oregon. "b" is mounted on a card from Boston and is slightly cropped.
1/11 35 1887
1/12 36
 Tlingit settlement and Sitka (7346)
Looking northwest from the top of Castle Hill, showing the parade ground, cannery, Governors house, Russian block house, native cemetery, and the Sitka native village.
1/12 37 1887
1/12 38 1887
1/12 39 1887
1/13 40 1887
1/13 41 1887
1/14 42 1887
1/14 43 1887
1/14 44 1887
1/14 45 1887
1/15 46 1887
1/15 47 1887
1/15 48 1887
1/15 49 1887

Taku InletReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/16 50 1887
1/16 51 1887
1/16 52 1887

Treadwell Gold MineReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/17 53 1887
1/17 54 1887

UnknownReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/18 55 1887
Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/19 56
 "Alaska Souvenir Photographs"
Boudoir size photograph album
The album contains a "Catalogue of Alaska Views" identifying some of the photographs. Fifteen of the boudoir size card photographs were originally contained in the boudoir size card photograph album.

Northern Pacific RailroadReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/20 57 between 1884 and 1887
1/20 58 between 1884 and 1887
1/20 59 between 1884 and 1887

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of Indians of North America--Alaska--Photographs
  • Tlingit Indians--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Geographical Names :
  • Alaska--Photographs
  • Juneau (Alaska)--Photographs
  • Sitka (Alaska)--Photographs