Lloyd Anderson Photograph Collection, 1922-1929  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Lloyd Anderson Photograph Collection
1922-1929 (inclusive)
36 photographs (1 folder)
Collection Number
Photographs relating to Lloyd Alva Anderson and his career. Anderson was a co-founder of Recreational Equipment, Inc., commonly known as REI, a retail and outdoor recreation services corporation.
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.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Lloyd Alva Anderson was born in Roy, Washington on August 4, 1902. He worked on his Uncle Dave Hay's dairy farm in Roy to save money. He attended the University of Washington in Seattle and earned a degree in Electrical Engineering in 1924. An avid outdoorsman, he began climbing mountains in 1929 and scaled over 400 peaks in his lifetime. In 1936 he ordered a $12 ice ax from a Seattle distributor but was disappointed to receive a poor quality product that cost him a full day's wages. He decided to order the ice ax he wanted directly from Austria for $3.50. This experience served as the inspiration for Recreational Equipment, Inc. (REI) which he founded together with Mary Anderson. REI began operations out of the attic of their West Seattle home in 1938. Anderson also worked as an engineer for the Seattle Transit System. He retired in 1971 and died Sept 13, 2000, aged 98.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs relating to Lloyd Alva Anderson and his career. Includes photographs of Anderson, Ft. Casey in 1923, UW and Seattle in 1922, Roy Creamery in 1924, various yachts and boats, construction projects, and airplanes at Sand Point naval base in 1926

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Restrictions on Use

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


Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 October, 1922
1 2
 McCaskill and Bonnar shop on University Way, Seattle, Washington
Written on verso: Place where I work for room.
October, 1922
1 3 October, 1922

1927-1929Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 27 May 22, 1927
1 28 May 29, 1927
1 29 April 15, 1928
1 30 May 11, 1929
1 31-32 May 27, 1928
1 33 June 23, 1929
1 34-35
 Group of people sailing on a yacht, Washington
Caption on front of 34: Raudenbush's yacht.Caption on front of 35: Homeward bound.
July 28, 1929
1 36 August 11, 1929

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Airplanes--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Mountaineers--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Yachts--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, Lloyd
  • Anderson, Lloyd--Archives
  • Anderson, Lloyd--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • University of Washington--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs