William H. Partridge Alaska photographs, 1887 PDF
- Partridge, W. H. (William Henry), 1858-1939
- William H. Partridge Alaska photographs
- 1887 (inclusive)18871887
- 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
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries’ Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.
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.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
WashingtonReturn to Top
AlaskaReturn to Top
Fort Wrangell, AlaskaReturn to Top
Juneau, AlaskaReturn to Top
Killisnoo, AlaskaReturn to Top
Muir GlacierReturn to Top
Sitka, Alaska and vicinityReturn to Top
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."
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.
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.
Taku InletReturn to Top
Treadwell Gold MineReturn to Top
UnknownReturn to Top
AlbumReturn to Top
"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
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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Indians of Indians of North America--Alaska--Photographs
- Tlingit Indians--Photographs
- Geographical Names :
- Juneau (Alaska)--Photographs
- Sitka (Alaska)--Photographs
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Boudoir card photographs