Viretta Chambers (Mrs. C.L.) Denny photographs and albums, 1894-1901  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Denny, Viretta Chambers, 1862-
Title
Viretta Chambers (Mrs. C.L.) Denny photographs and albums
Dates
1894-1901 (inclusive)
Quantity
62 glass plate negatives (3 boxes) ; various sizes
2 albums with 21 photographic prints (2 boxes) ; various sizes
41 photographic prints and 62 scans from glass plate negatives (1 box) ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0805
Summary
Photographs of landscapes in Seattle, Thurston and Snohomish Counties, family, and friends by Viretta Chambers (Mrs. C. L.) Denny
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

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.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Viretta Chambers Denny (1862-1951) was one of the nine daughters of Andrew Jackson Chambers (1825-1908), who is said to have been a relative of president Andrew Jackson. She grew up on Chambers Prairie in Thurston County, which were 700 acres of land owned by her father near Olympia, Washington. She attended the Washington Territorial University during the 1879-1880 school year, taking classes in the Commercial Course, but did not complete her degree. Her family was on personal terms with the University President, A. J. Anderson. She married Charles L. Denny on June 15, 1887 in Olympia. She and her husband were founding members of the first Seattle Camera Club which formed in 1895, as well as the Seattle Amateur Photographic Club in 1901. In addition to being a photographer, she was also a painter. She was a historian for the Seattle Historical Society (now the Museum of History and Industry).

The Denny family figures significantly in Seattle history. With his partner Elbert F. Blaine, C. L. Denny established the Denny-Blaine Land Company in 1899 and bought land to develop several parks in Seattle, forming the Denny-Blaine Lake Park neighborhood in the early 20th century. Viretta Denny and Mr. Blaine's wife, Minerva Stone Blaine, are commemorated in the names of Viretta Park and Minerva Fountain. Mr. and Mrs. Denny had two children: Andrew Chambers Denny (1893-1973) and Horton Hershel Denny (1888-1925). Andrew was named for Viretta's father, while Horton is the surname of a family closely connected with the Dennys; Dexter Horton, who partnered with Charles' father, Arthur Denny (1822-1899), in 1854.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Two albums of landscape views of various locations in and around Seattle (including Ravenna Park and Lake Washington), Monte Cristo, and Thurston County (including Deschutes River and Chambers Prairie).The collection also includes images of friends and family of Mrs. Denny participating in various social activities such as boating and gatherings at various residences. Also included are several still life views of flowers and birds, Denny Hall at the University of Washington and the U.S.S. Battleship Oregon .

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The collection contains two albums, glass plate negatives, and prints. Several photographs appear in both albums or in an album and as prints. When an image appears in multiple locations, it is noted.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Albums of Landscape Photographs, 1895-1899Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Album 1 [Untitled]
Photographs of Ravenna Park, Lake Washington, the Deschutes River, Monte Cristo and other locations.
Inscription on the inside front cover: Pictures taken and developed by Mrs. C.L. Denny - circa 1897-99.Inscription probably written by someone other than Mrs. Denny. The glass plate negatives matching prints in the album had 1895 dates written on the sleeves.
Box item
1 1-1
Fallen trees and underbrush at Ravenna Park
Same as items 8a and 8b.Caption from sleeve of glass plate negative: Ravenna Lake June 14, 1895.
June 14, 1895
1 1-2
Stream and leaves in Ravenna Park
Same as items 9a and 9b.
June 3, 1895
1 1-3 circa 1895
1 1-4
View of lake and trees near Lake Washington
Same as items 7a and 7b.Caption from sleeve of glass plate negative: Lake Wash, July 23, 189[5].
July 23, 1895
1 1-5
View of lake and trees at Lake Washington
Same as item 6Caption from sleeve of glass plate negative: July 6, 1896.
July 6, 1896
1 1-6
View of mountain, trees and railroad tracks at Monte Cristo
Same as items 4a, 4b, and 4cCaption from sleeve of glass plate negative: Monte Cristo, June 29, 1895.
June 29, 1895
1 1-7
Clearing in forest with fallen trees on ground, near Tenalquot Prairie
Same as item 2-2.
circa 1895
1 1-8
Deschutes River near Olympia, Washington
Same as item 2-1 and items 15a and 15b.Caption on page (probably not written by Mrs. Denny): Deschutes River near Olympia.Caption from sleeve of glass plate negative: July 26, 1895.
July 26, 1895
1 1-9
Clearing in forest near the Tenalquot Prairie
Same as item 2-4 and item 17.
Summer 1895
Album 2 "Views Near Home"
Photographs of Deschutes River, Tenalquot Prairie, Chambers Prairie, and other scenes of country life in Thurston County.
Summer 1895
Box item
2 2-1
 The ford at Deschutes River, near Olympia, Washington
Caption on page: "The Ford" = Des Chutes River.Same as item 1-8 and items 15a and 15b.
Summer 1895
2 2-2
 Clearing in forest with fallen trees on ground, near the Tenalquot Prairie
Caption on page: Near the Tenalquot Prairie.Same as item 1-7.
Summer 1895
2 2-3
Deschutes River
Same as item 16.
July 26, 1895
2 2-4
Above ground-level view of clearing in forest, near the Tenalquot Prairie
Caption on page: A Shady Dell = Tenalquot.Same as item 1-9 and item 17.
Summer 1895
2 2-5
 Deschutes River and its tree-covered banks
Caption on page: Looking up the Stream = Des Chutes.
Summer 1895
2 2-6
 Cows grazing around well
Caption on page: By the "Old Well."
Summer 1895
2 2-7
 Collapsing barn and tall grass
Caption on page: The Old Barn = 1848.
circa 1895
2 2-8
Cows by old well near Chambers Prairie
Caption on page: Down in the Swamp.Same as item14.
July 27, 1895
2 2-9a-b
 Scenes of a road through the woods, at Chambers Prairie, Thurston County
Caption on page: Road scenes = Chambers Prairie.
Summer 1895
2 2-10a
 Road through woods
Caption on page: The Old Rich Road.
Summer 1895
2 2-10b
 A woman and two children peering at an object in the grass
Caption on page: An Object of Interest = July 25 = ’95.
July 25, 1895

Landscape PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Monte Cristo
Box/Folder item
3/1 3
 River and railroad tunnel at Monte Cristo, Washington
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: River + Railroad Tunnel Monte Cristo.
July 6, 1895
3/1 4a - 4c
 Forest slope and railroad tracks at Monte Cristo, Washington
Same as item 1-6Item 4b scanned from glass plate negative; item 4c cropped print.Caption on negative sleeve: Monte Cristo.Written on verso of 4a: Standing on the railroad switchback, looking down the Sauk River Valley. Everett & Monte Cristo railroad tracks in foreground, Lewis Peak in background. Taken in mid-1880's.
July 29, 1895
Seattle
Box/Folder item
3/1 5
3/1 6
 Lake Washington water and woods
Scanned from glass plate negativeSame as item 1-5Caption on negative sleeve: Lake Washington.
July 23, 1895
3/1 7a-7b
 Lake Washington water and woods
Same as item 1-4Item 7b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photoCaption on negative sleeve: Lake Wash.
July 6, 1896
3/1 8a-8b
 Ravenna Park woods
Same as item 1-1Item 8b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photoCaption on negative sleeve: Ravenna Lake.
June 14, 1895
3/1 9a - 9b
 Ravenna Park foliage and stream
Same as item 1-2Item 9b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photo
June 3, 1895
3/1 10
 Ravenna Park waterfall
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Waterfall Ravenna Park.
August 1894
3/1 11
 Gravel path in park with benches, landscaping, wooden building and trees
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Ravenna Park.Despite caption, this scene looks more like Kinnear Park than Ravenna Park.
June 10, 1895
3/1 12
 Ravenna Park woods and stream
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Ravenna Park.
June 3, 1895
3/1 13
Thurston County
Box/Folder item
3/2 14
 Cows by old well near Chambers Prairie
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on photograph: Cows in the Swamp.Same as item 2-8
July 27, 1895
3/2 15a - 15b
 Deschutes River ford, near Olympia, Washington
Same as item 1-8 and 2-1Item 15b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photo.Caption on negative sleeve: The Ford Deschutes River.
July 26, 1895
3/2 16
 Deschutes River
Scanned from glass plate negativeSame as item 2-3Caption on negative sleeve: Deschutes River.
July 26, 1895
3/2 17
 Woods near Tenalquot Prairie
Same as item 1-9

BoatingReturn to Top

Various men, women, and children participating in boating outings, both on the water and on shore. There appear to be four separate outings. These outings also seem to be near the house at 1030 McGilvra (possibly the Blaine residence), on the shore of Lake Washington in Seattle.

Container(s) Description Dates
Outing 1
Men, women, and children in Mr. Elbert Blaine's Indian canoe. The men are probably Mr. Blaine and Charles Denny.
Box/Folder item
3/3 18a - 18b
 People in canoe
Item 18b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photo
1900
3/3 19a-19c
 People in canoe and young boy standing on rock near shore
Caption on back: Mr. Blaine’s Indien [sic.] canoe, Lk. Wash.Item 19b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photoItem 19c is a duplicate print of Item 19a.
1900
3/3 20 1900
3/3 21 1900
3/3 22
 Small boy in canoe on shore
Scanned from glass plate negative
1900
3/3 23 1900
3/3 24a-24b
 Group of women and children sitting on large tree branch on shore of Lake Washington
Item 24b scanned from glass plate negativeSame group as in item 23
1900
3/3 25a-25b
 Four women posing in a line on shore of Lake Washington
Caption on negative sleeve: Elizabeth, Caroline, Mrs. White and [Fisher ?].Item 25b scanned from glass plate negativeSame group of women as in item 23
1900
3/3 26a-26b
 Group of women and children among tall rushes on shore of Lake Washington
Caption on negative sleeve: Girls in the rushes.Item 26b scanned from glass plate negativeSame group as in item 23
1900
Outing 2
These photographs depict Elbert Blaine, Mrs. Thompson, and Miss Helen Penfield riding in a canoe, and some images show an older woman, a boy, and a little girl on shore in the background.
Box/Folder item
3/4 27a-27b ca. 1900
3/4 28
 Mr. Blaine, Mrs. Thompson, and Miss Penfield in canoe, with older woman and children (one of whom is Andrew Denny) on shore in background
Caption on back: 1030 McGilvra.This address could be in the Broadmoor area of Seattle, on Lake Washington. This is just down the street from Denny Blaine Park.Caption on negative sleeve: (?) and Helen in Canoe.
ca. 1900
3/4 29-30
 Mr. Blaine, Mrs. Thompson, and Miss Helen Penfield in canoe
Scanned from glass plate negativesCaption on negative sleeve for item 29: (?) + Helen in Canoe.
ca. 1900
Outing 3
Woman in row boat with two girls and a boy.
Box/Folder item
3/5 31 undated
3/5 32-34c undated
Outing 4
Group of men, women, and children in and around Blaine's Indian canoe on shore. Group includes Charles L. Denny (Viretta's husband) and Andrew Chambers Denny, one of their sons.
Box/Folder item
3/6 35a-35b
 Elbert Blaine, Charles and Andrew Denny with women and children on canoe excursion at Lake Washington
Item 35b scanned from glass plate negative.Caption on negative sleeve: Canoe 1900.
1900
3/6 36-37 1900

Family, Friends, and HomeReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Scenes at various houses
Box/Folder item
3/7 38
 Young women named Sophia in hammock
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Sophia in hammock.
August 1894
3/7 39
 Group of women, including Sophia, in and around hammock
Scanned from glass plate negative
August 1894
3/7 40
 Side of house and vine covered tree
Scan from glass plate negative
undated
3/7 41
 Andrew Chambers residence on Chambers Prairie in Thurston County
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Home 1897.This is the home of Viretta Denny's parents, now the Indian Summer development off Yelm Highway near Lacey, Washington.
1897
Old Cottage
1900
Box/Folder item
3/7 42
 Women and children on porch of cottage
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Old Cottage 1900.
1900
3/7 43-44
 Woman and child in yard in front of cottage
Scanned from glass plate negatives.Caption on negative sleeve: Old Cottage 1900.
1900
Scenes at New Cottage
The New Cottage is the same one where several of the boating outings take place (1030 McGilvra), on the shore of Lake Washington in Seattle. This series of photographs might possibly be the garden party given by Viretta Denny which is written up in theSeattle Timeson August 17, 1901. Mrs. Denny might have gotten the date wrong, using 27 instead of 17. The newspaper story describes a garden party at her home on the shores of Lake Washington. The guests were met at the Madison Street wharf and taken by the LaunchLenorato the house. The article states that the refreshments were served outdoors under some shade trees and that about 200 ladies came to the reception. It is possible that some of the boating photographs may depict this event also.
Garden Party
Box/Folder item
3/8 45
 Cottage and lawn
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Party on lawn Aug 27 1901.
August 27, 1901
3/8 46
 Porch of cottage
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: New Cottage Garden Party.
August 27, 1901
3/8 47a-47c
 Cottage with group of women gathered on porch
Item 47a scanned from glass plate negative.Items 47b and 47c are duplicate prints of this image.
August 27, 1901
3/8 48a-48b
 Group of women on porch of cottage
Item 48b scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: New Cottage 1901.
August 27, 1901
3/8 49a-49b
 Group of women on lawn with Lake Washington in background
Item 49b scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Party on lawn.
August 27, 1901
3/8 50
 Close up view of group of women and young girl in hooded cape on lawn near lake
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Mrs. C.L. Denny.Caption indicates it is possible that Viretta Denny is included in the photograph.
August 27, 1901
3/8 51 August 27, 1901
3/8 52
 Woman and boy on shore of Lake Washington
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Cottage Garden Party.
August 27, 1901
Box/Folder item
3/8 53a-53b
 Group of men, women, and children climbing on fallen tree
Item 53b scan from glass plate negative
undated
3/8 54
 Group of four women seated on log in front of fallen tree
Same fallen tree and women from group in items 52a and 52b
undated
Photographs of People
Box/Folder item
3/9 55
 Man in tree near the shore
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: E.C.Man is probably member of the Chambers family.
April 20, 1896
3/9 56a June 1894
3/9 56b
Two boys and a girl on horseback, with woman holding bridle
Scan from original glass plate negative, which is a copy of the photographCaption on negative sleeve: Children on horseback.
June 1894
3/9 57
 Andrew Jackson Chambers and Andrew Chambers Denny in phaeton buggy
Scanned from glass plate negative.Caption on negative sleeve: Andrew and Grampa in Phaeton.
August 1896
3/9 58
 Andrew Jackson Chambers on horseback
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Father 1897.
Summer 1897
3/9 59
 Group of people at Denny-Blaine Land Park Addition, including Mr. Elbert Blaine
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Denny Blaine Land Park Add. Summer 1900.
Summer 1900
3/9 60
 Woman in long coat
Scanned from glass plate negative
undated
3/9 61
 Group of girls holding invitations
Scanned from glass plate negative
May 23, 1895
3/9 62
 Woman posing in parlor
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Mrs. Fortson [?].
May 26, 1896
3/9 63
 Two small girls, Helen and Ritta, seated together in chair
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Helen and Rilla/Ritta.Viretta Chambers Denny's nickname was Retta; it is possible these girls were relatives of Viretta Denny. The 1910 U.S. Census lists a Helen Denny, born 1893, the daughter of Arthur W. and Kate Denny.
November 8, 1896
3/9 64
 Group of children
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: Hattie, Lassie, and Helen.
1897
3/9 65
 Portrait of man, woman, and boy
Scanned from glass plate negative
undated
3/9 66
 Portrait of man and boy
Scanned from glass plate negative.
undated
3/9 67
[Not used in this collection

Still Life, Architecture and ShipsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
3/10 68-70
 Jar of dogwood branches in flower
Scanned from glass plate negatives.Caption on negative sleeve: Jar of Dogwood.
May 1895
3/10 71
 Dogwood flowers on table
Scanned from glass plate negative.Caption on negative sleeve: Dogwood on Table.
May 1895
3/10 72-74
 Stuffed owl
Scanned from glass plate negativeCaption on negative sleeve: owl.
1896
box:oversize
XC1 74b
Stuffed owl
Print made by Henry Art Gallery in 2015.
1896
Box/Folder
3/10 75 June 11, 1898
3/10 76a-b
 Denny Hall, University of Washington, seen from the east with scrub in foreground
Item 76b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photo.Caption on negative sleeve: Denny Hall.
June 11, 1898
3/10 77a-b
 Denny Hall, University of Washington, seen from the north
Item 77b scanned from glass plate negative showing uncropped version of photo.Caption on negative sleeve: Denny Hall.
June 11, 1898
3/10 78
 U.S.S. Montereyin Bremerton shipyard drydock
TheU.S.S. Montereywas the first ship to use the graving dock at what is now the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard.Scanned from glass plate negative.Photograph is possibly not by Viretta Denny. All of her negatives are 6"x 9" and this one is 5"x 7".
April 1896
3/10 79 circa 1896-1898
3/10 80 circa 1895-1898
3/10 81
 Drawing of unidentified building
Scanned from glass plate negative.Caption on negative sleeve: M.B. March 14, 1897.
June 11, 1898

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Landscapes--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Denny, Viretta Chambers, 1862- --Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Albums
  • Glass negatives

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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