Frank A. Jacobs Photographs, 1900-1940  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Jacobs, Frank A., 1881-1979
Frank A. Jacobs Photographs
1900-1940 (inclusive)
24 photographic prints (3 folders) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
Photographs of Seattle scenes, Seattle groups, and climbers and mountaineers in Mount Rainier National Park.
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.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Photojournalist Frank Abner Jacobs (1881-1979) was born in Kansas on December 31, 1881, and settled in Seattle, Washington in 1907. He spent the 1920s as the official photographer for the Rainier National Park Company. Jacobs was a pioneer in the field of photojournalism, and covered events big and small throughout the Pacific Northwest, but specialized in transportation disasters such as ship and train wrecks. Jacobs had been interested in photography since he was a boy and opened his own photography studio at 4th Avenue and Union Street, Seattle, circa 1908. Although he spent most of his career with the Seattle Post-Intelligencer, starting in 1909, he also had stints with other publications, ran his own photography studio (Jacobs Photo Shop), served as an early motion picture cameraman, starting circa 1911, for the Pathe News, and had the opportunity to photograph eight Presidents. He became the first photographer to take aerial photographs of Seattle in 1913.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs of Seattle scenes, Seattle groups, and mountaineering expeditions in Mount Rainier National Park.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

The dates in this collection were taken from the photographer's numbering system in which the first two numbers are the year that the photograph was taken.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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Restrictions on Use

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Seattle, WashingtonReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1 between 1920 and 1940
1 2 between 1920 and 1940
1 3
 View looking southeast and down across the roofs of 3rd Ave. and Union St. (Jacobs 715)
Written on verso: Post Intelligencer block SW corner Union/4th, White Bldg./U.S. Post Office.
1 4 1920?
1 5
 Postcard of the Theodora Home, 6559-35th N.E.
Written on image: Owned and operated by The Volunteers of America.
between 1914 and 1930?
1 6
 Capitol Auto Laundry and Service Station, 1816 Broadway, Seattle, Washington
Written on verso: Auto Laundry & service station Stucco up to date Bldg built 1929. Hot water heated. A view of auto and service station store brick Veneer other [ill.].
OS1 7 1906
OS1 8
Interior of John L. Bird Company Office Supplies store, Seattle, WA
1 9 between 1900 and 1930
1 10 1916?
Potlatch Parade, Seattle, WA
Folder item
1 11
 Float with a canoe on top (Jacobs 34)
Written on image: Golden Potlatch. Seattle.
1 12 1912
1 13 1912

People and GroupsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
OS1 14
 George F. Cotterill holding a newspaper and standing in front buildings, Seattle, WA
George F. Cotterill was a civil servant and elected official in Seattle and the state of Washington for more than 40 years.
between 1900 and 1930
1 15 between 1900 and 1930
1 16
 Group portrait of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington dressed in pioneer costumes, Seattle, WA
Written on verso: A Day in the Sixties -- February 1937. This annual affair for members and guests in Seattle Chapter No. 1 of the Daughters of the Pioneers of Washington. Margaret Ashworth Maxson (Mrs. Louis H.) was President of the Chapter. In the center, front Mrs. Edmond Bowden was turned sideways to show the sunbonnet which her mother made and wore. Mrs. Bowden (Angie Burt Bowden) wrote: Early Schools of Washington Territory. Note--The photo widened the right-hand third of the group.
XC1 17
Large group outside brick building
between 1900 and 1930

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Mountaineering--Washington (State)--Mount Rainier National Park--Photographs
  • Mountaineers--Washington (State)--Mount Rainier National Park--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)--Photographs