Edris Roberts family photograph and ephemera albums, approximately 1880-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Compiler
Roberts (Family : Roberts, Edris, 1904-1972)
Title
Edris Roberts family photograph and ephemera albums
Dates
approximately 1880-1969 (inclusive)
Quantity
4 boxes and 1 oversize folder of photographs and ephemera
Collection Number
PH2016-055
Summary
Photograph albums, ephemera, and records of Edris Roberts and Georgann Fisher in Tacoma, Washington.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

No restrictions on access.

The albums were in very bad shape so the materials were removed and foldered. Each folder corresponds to a page in the album. There are a lot of conservation/preservation issues in this collection. It is full of taped papers and old newspapers as well as folder materials.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edris Roberts Fisher (1904-1972) grew up in Tacoma and was the first woman in Tacoma to obtain a pilot's license. She made her first solo flight in 1928. She married George Fisher who was the manager of the Mueller-Harkins Airport and they lived in Tacoma. She later worked for Boeing as a plant mechanic during World War II. Her daughter Georgann Fisher (1930-2015) studied photography at the Edison Technical Institute and worked at Boeing in the reproduction services department.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Two albums depicting the life of Edris Roberts, Tacoma's first woman pilot and her daughter Georgann Fisher. The first album contains records, ephemera, and photographs relating to Edris Roberts' family and ancestry. They include photographs of her childhood in Tacoma, siblings, and family, articles and photographs about her flights as the first woman pilot in Tacoma and her work as a mechanic at Boeing during World War II and after, and other things relating to her later life. The second album which was created by Georgann Fisher, includes photographs of her as a child, views of Georgann's photography classes and lab at Edison Technical School, Georgann's photography work and work by a classmate, Julian Haraki and information on her work in photography at Boeing. There was probably a third album which had already disintegrated. There is a set of photographs and news clippings which probably were also in an album. The photographs show scenes at the Mueller-Harkins Airport near Tacoma including various student airplanes, events at the field, the buildings and clippings and ephemera about flying and Edris Roberts' career.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Status of creator's copyrights is unknown; restrictions may exist on copying, quotation, or publication. Users are responsible for researching copyright status before use. Contact University of Washington Libraries Special Collections for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description
Box
1 Album 1
Contains records, ephemera, and photographs relating to Edris Roberts' family and ancestry, her childhood in Tacoma, her flights as the first woman pilot in Tacoma and her work as a mechanic at Boeing during World War II and after.
Includes front of album and pages 1-40.
2-3 Album 2
Photographs of Georgann Fisher as a child, views of her photography classes and lab at Edison Technical School, her photography work and work by a classmate, Julian Haraki and information on her work in photography at Boeing.
Pages 1-91 and back of album.
4 Mueller-Harkins Airport and Edris Roberts' career
Photographs of scenes at the Mueller-Harkins Airport near Tacoma including various student airplanes, events at the field, the buildings and clippings and ephemera about flying and Edris Roberts' career.
folder:oversize
ACCXC1 Oversized miscellaneous
Clippings about Alex B. Holden and flying, plus a family record.
Oversized pages are from the Edris Roberts album (Album 1) and the family geneology was pulled out of the first page of Album 2.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Airports--Washington (State)--Pierce County--History--Sources
  • Aviation mechanics (Persons)--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Photographers--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Women air pilots--Washington (State)--History--Sources
  • Women--Washington (State)--20th century--History--Sources
  • Personal Names :
  • Fisher, Georgann, 1930-2015--Archives
  • Fisher, Georgann, 1930-2015--Photographs
  • Roberts, Edris, 1904-1972--Family--History--Sources
  • Roberts, Edris, 1904-1972--Archives
  • Roberts, Edris, 1904-1972--Family--Photographs
  • Roberts, Edris, 1904-1972--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Boeing Company--Employees--History--Sources
  • Edison Technical School (Seattle, Wash.)--Students