Photographs of the Raymond Carver Family, 1938-1963 PDF
- Photographs of the Raymond Carver Family
- 1938-1963 (inclusive)19381963
- 38 photographic prints (1 box) ; sizes vary
- Collection Number
- 38 family photos of Raymond Carver with family and friends
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
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- Access Restrictions
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Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Raymond Clevie Carver Jr. (May 25, 1938 - August 2, 1988) was a Pacific Northwest writer of short stories, novels, poetry, and essays. He was the first child born to Ella Casey (1913-1993) and Raymond Carver Sr. (1913-1967) on May 25, 1938 in Clatskaine, Oregon. Shortly after, the family relocated to Yakima, Washington where Raymond spent his childhood. The Carvers' other child, James Franklin, was born on August 18, 1943.
Edwin Franklin "Grandpa" Carver (1877-1947) was Raymond Sr.'s father. Edwin and his wife, Mary Melissa Green, had two other children, Frederick "Uncle Fred" Carver (born 1905) and Violet Lavonda "Aunt Von" Carver (1910-2001). Frederick married Willa Mae "Aunt Billie" (born 1907). Violet married William ("Bill") T. Archer (1909-1992) had two sons, Bob (born 1930) and Donald (born 1933) Archer.
Raymond has written favorably about his youth in Yakima, specifically of the time he spent with Maryann Burk, fishing and his job as a delivery boy for the local pharmacy. Raymond graduated from Yakima High School in 1956 and married Maryann Burk in June 1957. The couple had two children, Christine La Rae (born December 2, 1957) and Vance Lindsay (born October 19, 1958). They moved to Paradise, California for Raymond to write. Raymond began his college education at Chico State University. He published his first story, “The Furious Seasons” in 1961 after attending John Gardner’s creative writing course at Chico State. Gardner continued to mentor Raymond throughout his career. He concluded his studies at Humboldt State University, graduating with a Bachelor's degree in General Studies in 1963. Raymond and Maryann separated in 1977 and he began living with poet Tess Gallagher (born 1943 in Port Angeles, Washington). Carver and Gallagher lived in several locations across the United States, including Western Washington and New York where they both taught at Syracuse University. Raymond formally divorced Maryann in 1982 and married Gallagher in Reno, Nevada on June 7, 1988. Six weeks later, Carver died from lung cancer on August 2, 1988 in Port Angeles, Washington. Most notable among his many publications were the short story collections Will You Please be Quiet, Please? (1976), What We Talk About When We Talk About Love (1981), and Cathedral (1983).
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Photographs of Raymond Carver with family and friends, most of them are of him as a child. Photographs were probably made by family members.
Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top
Raymond Carver was named after his father. He is referred to as "Raymond Junior", "Ray", "Ray Junior", and "Junior by his family as noted on verso of various photographs. In this finding aid, the writer Raymond Carver is referred to as "Raymond" and his father is referred to as "Raymond Senior". The subjects with the surname "Carver" are referred to by first name after initial introduction in both finding aid and biographical note. The subjects with other surnames are referred to by last name after initial introduction in both finding aid and biographical note.
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Raymond Carver as a Child (4 months-10 years)Return to Top
Raymond (age 4 months) held by mother, Ella, Clatskanie, Oregon
|circa September 1938|
Raymond (age 18 months) held by father, Raymond Sr. sitting on bench, Clatskanie, Oregon
|circa November 1939|
Raymond (age 2 ½) with relatives seated on Ella and Raymond Sr.'s porch, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
(From left to right) Bob Archer, Raymond, Donald Archer and Edwin Franklin Carver.
Raymond (age 3), holding an Easter eggs basket, standing next to father in front yard, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 3) standing in backyard with toy rabbits, eggs, and Easter baskets, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
Written on verso: Ray, 3 1/2 Fairview, Junior. [Age is incorrect; taken at the same time as previous and next image, both of which say age of Carver is 3.]
Raymond (age 3 1/2) and Ella seated in backyard lawn, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
note on verso: Junior & me.
Raymond (about age 3) and his parents Ella and Raymond Sr.
Helene, Astoria, Oregon (photographer)
Raymond (age 4) riding on a toy car outside, Arkansas
Written on verso: Jr.'s little car back in Ark. [Raymond Sr. was from Arkansas.]
Raymond (age 4) pulling miniature Radio-Flyer wagon through snow, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 5) and parents in front yard, Yakima, Washington
Note on verso: just before James was born. [Age on verso is incorrect. Raymond was born in May 1938 and James was born in August 1943.]
|circa July 1943|
Raymond (age 7) with relatives in front of house
(From left to right) Donald Archer, Edwin Carver (holding James Carver), Bob Archer and Raymond.
Ella, Raymond Sr., James and Raymond (age 8) in backyard, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
Raymond Sr, James and Raymond (age 8) in backyard, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
Photo taken on same day as previous.
Raymond (age 9), holding front paws of dog, Mike, with brother, James, holding a football, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 10) paying cards with James, Raymond Sr. and an unidentified man, Yakima, Washington
Raymond Sr., Raymond (age 10), Ella and James at "Helene House"
Raymond (age 10) and James playing football in the front yard in the snow next to decorated Christmas tree, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
|circa Winter 1948|
James, Raymond Sr. and Raymond (age 10) kneeling in front of Edwin Carver's grave, Yakima, Washington
James, Raymond Sr. and Raymond (age 10) with fishing gear in front of tent, Wenas Lake, Washington
Written on verso: James, Dad, Ray, 11 yrs, Wenaz Lake, 75 miles so. of Yakima. [Maps of the area provide a different spelling of lake. Based on photos taken at same time with same processing stamp, Raymond Jr. is 10 years old in this photo].
James, two children, Raymond (age 10), and dog, Mike, near Easter baskets, Yakima, Washington
Raymond Carver as an Adolescent (11-18)Return to Top
Raymond (age 11) with family in front of Edwin Carver's house, Omak, Washington
(From left to right) Ella, Raymond, James, Raymond Sr., William Archer, Willa Mae Carver, Frederick Carver and girl.
Raymond (age 11), James, dog, Mike, and Raymond Sr. seated on cabin front porch, Blue Lake, Washington
Raymond (age 11), James, and Ella seated on cabin front porch, Blue Lake, Washington
Written on verso: Ray, 12 yrs, James, Mom, Blue Lake (Cabin) WA. [Photo taken at immediately after previous (same clothes and location, similar positions); age on verso is incorrect.]
Ella, James, and Raymond (age 11) standing on bridge in front of waterfall, Yakima River, Thorp, Washington
Raymond (age 12) fishing, Blue Lake, Washington
Raymond (age 12) and James opening Christmas presents in front of Christmas tree, Fairview neighborhood, Yakima, Washington
James and Raymond (age 13) standing on bridge over Yakima River, Blue Lake, Washington
Raymond (age 14), holding fishing basket near Rimrock Lake, Washington
James and Raymond (age 14) standing in Tieton River, fishing, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 15), James with arms around dog, Toby kneeling next to Raymond Sr. on bridge over Yakima River, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 15) crouched on log with dog, Toby, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 16) smoking on front porch, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 16), Raymond Sr., and James, Sportsman Park, Yakima, Washington
Raymond (age 18) and Maryann holding buffet plates, James can be seen getting food in background, Yakima, Washington
Raymond Carver as an Adult (ages 19-25)Return to Top
Raymond (age 19) and wife, Maryann, holding daughter, Christine in front of fireplace, decorated with Christmas cards
|circa December 1957|
Raymond (age 19), with wife, Maryann, holding daughter, Christine, and family in front of house
(From left to right) Ella, James, Raymond, Maryann, holding Christine, and Raymond Sr..
Note on verso: just made a week before we came down for new year.
|circa January 1958|
Raymond (age 20) and James standing in driveway
Ella and Raymond (age 25), dressed in graduation gown, in parking lot at Humboldt State University graduation, Arcata, California
|circa Spring 1963|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Novelists, American--20th century--Photographs
- Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
- Personal Names :
- Carver, Raymond, 1938-1988--Childhood and youth--Photographs
- Carver, Raymond, 1938-1988--Photographs
- Family Names :
- Carver family--Photographs