The Book of SOYP Photograph Collection, between 1921 and 1936?  PDF

Overview of the Collection

The Book of SOYP Photograph Collection
between 1921 and 1936? (inclusive)
1 book ((6 photographic prints))
Collection Number
Photographs documenting the annual outings of the Socks Outside Your Pants (SOYP) hiking and skiing organization. The photographs are all prior to 1936.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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.

Six black and white photographs are tipped into the text with glue and are in good condition.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

In 1919, David Whitcomb, president of Rainier National Park Company, and Tom Martin, general manager, came up with the idea to cache supplies at Paradise Inn on Mt. Rainier before the road was blocked with snow and to return after the new year with a group of friends who loved the outdoors. Calling themselves the Tribe of SOYP (Socks Outside Your Pants), the group first had an outing in February, 1920, and met annually thereafter. Group members skied and hiked around Paradise Valley on Mount Rainier. Each man took a Native American tribal name for his own for the duration of the weekend adventures. The first members were honored with the distinction of Tyee, as they called elders, while newcomers were given lesser distinctions until they proved they were worthy of membership in the tribe. The group would travel as close as possible to the mountain by coach or train, and then hike to a lodge at Paradise that had been stocked with provisions the summer before. Notable members on the SOYP attendance chart include photographer Asahel Curtis and lumberman Philip Weyerhaeuser.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of the first edition of the Book of SOYP , which is a collection of reports on annual outings of the Tribe of SOYP. It contains six images of group activities on Mt. Rainier. Dates were not given for the photographs in this first edition (1936); however, dates were determined for this collection by using the third edition (1967) of the Book of SOYP , which does identify the photograph dates.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1  Two men walking through the snow with a view of trees and a mountain ridge in the background 1922
1 2   Group of men with two horses near a shelter
Photograph facing "The Third Tribal Council."
1 3   Four men hiking up a snowy hill
Asahel Curtis (photographer)
Photograph facing "The Fifth Tribal Council."
1 4  Nine men throwing George Hall up in the air from a stretched-out blanket
Photograph facing "The Eighth Tribal Council."
1 5   Eight men skiing
Photograph facing "The Twelfth Tribal Council."
not after 1935
1 6  Group of men seated and resting near trees
Photograph facing "The Fifteenth Tribal Council."
not after 1935

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Hiking--Washington (State)--Rainier, Mount--Photographs
  • Mountaineering--Washington (State)--Rainier, Mount--Photographs
  • Skiis and skiing--Washington (State)--Rainier, Mount--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Tribe of SOYP
  • Geographical Names :
  • Rainier, Mount--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941 (photographer)