George Curtis photograph collection, 1860-1952  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Curtis, George Harry, 1901-1999
Title
George Curtis photograph collection
Dates
1860-1952 (inclusive)
Quantity
71 photographic prints including 1 album containing 32 prints (2 boxes) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
PH0590
Summary
Photographs of the Raphael (Ray) Curtis family at their homes, formal portraiture, and the 50th wedding anniversary of Raphael and Harriet Curtis. This Curtis family is related to famous photographers Asahel and Edward Curtis.
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

George Curtis is the son of Raphael and Harriet Curtis who was the brother of Asahel and Edward Curtis, photographers prominent in Seattle, Washington.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes photographs of the Raphael (Ray) Curtis family including the family at their homes, formal portraiture, and the 50th wedding anniversary of Raphael and Harriet Curtis, as well as postcards sent to and from the Curtis family.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

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

 

Curtis Family AlbumReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1 1-1
 Raphael (Ray) and Harriet (Hattie) Emily Henderson Curtis
Written on verso: Married 1890.
E. J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1890
1 1-2
Ray Curtis, Sr.
1890
1 1-3
Harriet Emily Henderson Curtis
E.J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
1890
1 1-4
 Richard S. Henderson and Margaret Emily Coughlin Henderson
Written on paper in album behind photo: Grandma and Grandma [sic] Henderson.Parents of Harriet Curtis.
E.J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-5
Abbie and Maggie Henderson
Written on verso: Abbie on the right.Sisters of Harriet Curtis.
Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-6
Jennie Curtis Colvin and Ray H. Curtis
Written on verso: Children of Ray and Hattie Curtis.
E.J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
undated
1 1-7
Hattie Henderson in baby buggy
C.A. Steward, Granite Falls, Minnesota (Photographer)
1869
1 1-8
 Asahel Curtis
Brother of Raphael Curtis.
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-9
 Edward S. Curtis
Written on paper in album behind photo: Edward S. Curtis, Ray's Brother.
Imperial Gallery, Rothi & Sanstrom, Props. 713 Third Street, Seattle, Washington (Photographer)
circa 1891-1892
1 1-10
Charles Sheriff
Written on verso: Father of Ellen Sheriff Curtis.Grandfather of Raphael, Edward, Eva, and Asahel Curtis.
A.B. Rumsey's Art Studio, Bower's Block, Whitewater, Wisconsin (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-11
Elizabeth Loxley Sheriff
Written on verso: Mother of Ellen Sheriff Curtis.Grandmother of Raphael, Edward, Eva, and Asahel Curtis.
A.B. Rumsey's Art Studio, Bower's Block, Whitewater, Wisconsin (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-12
Ellen Sheriff Curtis
Written on front of photo: Mother of Ray, Edward, Asahel and Eva. Written on verso: Grandmother of Abbie Curtis Schall.
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-13
 Johnson Curtis
Written on photo: Father of Ray, Edward, Asahel and Eva. Written on verso: Grandfather of Abbie Curtis Schall.
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-14
Asahel Curtis
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-15
 Asahel Curtis
Rothi and Curtis, Imperial Studio, 713 Third St. Seattle, Washington (Photographer)
circa 1893-1895
1 1-16
Middle aged man
Ribble, St. Peter, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-17
Young woman
Ribble, St. Peter, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-18
Infant
Curtis & Guptill, Seattle, Washington (Photographer)
circa 1894-1897
1 1-19
Postcard of Benjamin Harrison and Mrs. Harrison, Washington Monument, President's Mansion
Written on verso: Ray Curtis, Postmaster at Cordova, Minn. during Harrison's Presidency.
circa 1889-1893
1 1-20
Eva Curtis
Rothi and Curtis, Imperial Studio, 713 Third St. Seattle, Washington (Photographer)
circa 1893-1895
1 1-21
 Possibly Asahel Curtis and Florence Carney
E.J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-22
Robert and Clara Henderson
Brother and sister-in-law of Harriet Curtis.Written on verso: Robert was guard at Stillwater Prison while the Youngers were there.
C.A. Steward, Granite Falls, Minnesota (Photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-23
Young man in studio, probably a member of Henderson family
Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-24
Middle aged man, probably Robert Henderson
C.A. Steward, Granite Falls, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-25
Young woman, probably Clara Henderson
C.A. Steward, Photographer, Granite Falls, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-26
Infant in chair, probably Roy Henderson
Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-27
 Young child standing next to chair, probably Roy Henderson
Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-28
Man and woman with three children, probably members of Henderson family
E.J. Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-29
Young man, probably a member of Henderson family
Yates Studios, Waseca and Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-30
 Peter Henderson, Abbie Henderson Curtis, Maggie Henderson Brown
Siblings of Harriet Curtis.
Christman, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1880s-1890s
1 1-31
Ellen Sheriff Curtis
Mother of Raphael, Edward, Eva, and Asahel Curtis.
Rothi and Curtis, Imperial Studio, 713 Third St. Seattle, Washington
circa 1893-1895
1 1-32
Jennie and Ray Curtis, children of Harriet and Raphael Curtis
J.F. Barta, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1890s

Johnson and Ellen Sherriff CurtisReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/1 2
Ellen Sherriff Curtis, age 16
The Curtis Studio, Seattle (photographer)
Mother of Raphael, Edward, Eva, and Asahel Curtis.Photo is a copy made in the 1920s of a probable tintype originally taken circa 1862.
circa 1862
2/1 3
Johnson Curtis, age 22
The Curtis Studio, Seattle (photographer)
Father of Raphael, Edward, Eva, and Asahel Curtis.Photo is a copy made in the 1920s of a probable tintype originally taken circa 1862.
circa 1862

Raphael (Ray) and Harriet (Hattie) Curtis and familyReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/1 4
 Jennie and Ray Curtis, children of Raphael and Harriet Curtis
J.F. Barta, Waterville, Minnesota (photographer)
circa 1890s
2/1 5
Portrait of infant
Written on verso: To cousin George, from Margaret.
Josey, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Territory (photographer)
circa 1890-1907
2/1 6
 Ray Curtis Jr. in sailor uniform
This is a color pastel/charcoal portrait.
circa 1910s
2/1 7
Record of Curtis family birth dates, possibly from family bible
after 1920
2/1 8 undated
2/2 9
Four boys with a dog
Written on verso: George, Melvin, and Nuburn Curtis, friend Harold, Bobby.
undated
2/2 10
George Curtis riding a horse
undated
2/2 11
 Ray Curtis holding a hawk
Written on verso: Grandpa Ray Curtis and hawk on the farm.
undated
2/2 12
Harriet Curtis standing outdoors
undated
2/2 13 1931
2/2 14
Hattie Curtis and grandchildren sitting outdoors
Written on verso: Grandma Curtis and grandchildren 1942?
circa 1942
2/2 15
 Abbie Curtis Schall in Tijuana, Mexico
Written on verso: Abbie Schall in 1952 when she and her brother George drove to Tijuana.
1952
2/2 16
Three young children
Written on verso: Abbie and Horace's grandchildren.
1952
2/2 17 circa 1960s
2/2 18
Studio portrait, possibly Jennie Curtis Colvin
Salon Portrait (photographer)
1967

Raphael and Harriet Curtis 50th AnniversaryReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/3 19
 Raphael and Harriet Curtis in front of house
Written on verso: Mom and Daddy Curtis on their 50th wedding anniversary.
1940
2/3 20
 Raphael and Harriet Curtis in front of house with family members
Written on verso: Mom and Dad Curtis 50th wedding anniversary at our home on 80th ave.Pictured are George Curtis (far left), Asahel Curtis (seated), Jennie Curtis Colvin (standing behind Hattie), Walter Colvin (to the right of Jennie), Mr. and Mrs. Melvin Curtis (to the right of Walter), Eva Curtis (far right). Pictured but not identified are other Colvin family members and Mrs. Asahel Curtis.
1940
2/3 21
Ray and Hattie Curtis in front of house
1940
2/3 22
Newspaper clipping
Clipping from the Portland Oregonian describing the 50th wedding anniversary celebration of Ray and Hattie Curtis.
1940

Richard and Margaret Henderson, Cordova, MinnesotaReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/4 23
Richard and Margaret Henderson sitting indoors
Written on verso: To Jennie. Mr. and Mrs. Richard Nuburn Henderson, Margaret Coughlin.
undated
2/4 24
Richard and Margaret Henderson sitting outside their home
Written on verso: Grandma and Grandpa Henderson, Richard and Margaret.
undated

Lizzie Tandy Family, Marshland, OregonReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/5 25
 Elizabeth Henderson Tandy
Written on verso: Aunt Lizzie Tandy, Grandma Curtis' sister.
undated
2/5 26
Tom Tandy standing next to car
Written on verso: Tandy of Marshland, Oregon, Aunt Lizzie's husband.
circa 1920s
2/5 27
 Tom Tandy seated in car
Written on verso: Aunt Lizzie Tandy (Grandma Curtis' sister) husband-- they lived at Marshland, Oregon (near Clatskanie).
circa 1920s
2/5 28
 Richard and Margaret Coughlin Henderson, Elizabeth Henderson Tandy, Margaret standing outdoors
Written on verso: Grandpa Henderson, Aunt Margaret, Margaret, Aunt Lizzie. Taken at Marshland, Oregon, do not know the year. It was in Grandma Henderson's pictures.
undated
2/5 29
Elizabeth Henderson Tandy, Margaret Bauer Anderson, Tom Tandy, Richard Henderson outdoors
Written on verso: Aunt Lizzie Tandy (white haired), Tandy (with large hat), Margaret Bauer Anderson (dark haired), and the man with goatee is Grandpa Henderson, Hattie Curtis' (Grandma Curtis) father.
undated
2/5 30
Richard and Margaret Coughlin Henderson, Elizabeth Henderson Tandy, Margaret standing outdoors
Written on verso: Aunt Lizzie Tandy and friends.
undated
2/5 31
 Elizabeth Henderson Tandy and friends at Marshland train depot
Two images on one print; written on verso: Lizzie Tandy and friends.
undated
2/5 32
Elizabeth Henderson Tandy and dog on front porch of house
Written on verso: Lizzie Tandy.
undated
2/5 33
Home of Tom and Elizabeth Henderson Tandy, Marshland, Oregon
Written on verso: Mr. and Mrs. Tom Tandy's (Aunt Lizzie) home in Marshland, Oregon.
undated

Postcard AlbumReturn to Top

The postcards have been removed from the album. Postcards that were not in the album were transferred to the Postcard Collection.

Container(s) Description Dates
Romans Photo Co. postcards
Box/Folder item
2/6 34
Lake Chelan, Washington
1906
2/6 35 1907
2/6 36
Number not used
2/6 37
Woodland Park in Seattle
circa 1910s
2/6 38
Number not used
2/6 39
Squak Slough (Sammamish River), Washington
circa 1903-1920
2/6 40 circa 1903-1920
2/6 41
Logs on rail cars near Seattle
circa 1903-1920
2/6 42 circa 1903-1920
Edward Curtis postcards
Box/Folder item
2/6 43
Native American women digging for clams along river
1904
2/6 44 1904
2/6 45
Apache man
1904
2/6 46 circa 1904
Postcards to George Curtis and family
Box/Folder item
2/7 47
Village scene "Honor Card" for excellence in recitation
undated
2/7 48
Drawing of boy playing with toy boat
1906
2/7 49
Christmas card
1906
2/7 50
 Boats in locks on the Columbia River
The J.K. Gill Co., Portland, Oregon
circa 1908
2/7 51 1908
2/7 52
Illustration of pink and red roses
1908
2/7 53
 Native American woman carrying firewood
Printed on card: Mary of the Yosemite Band. Yosemite Valley, California.
Charles Weidner, San Francisco (photographer)
circa 1909
2/7 54
Man and woman next to palm trees
Printed on card: Spending Sunday among the palms in California.
circa 1909
2/7 55
 Bear climbing a tree
Printed on card: Wheeler Park: after bread and honey, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.
circa 1909
2/7 56
Happy Easter card
circa 1909
2/7 57
Cowboy on bucking horse
Printed on card: A bucker from way back.
circa 1909
2/7 58
Two dogs with two horses
circa 1909
2/7 59 circa 1910
2/8 60
People standing on the beach
Printed on card: Beach scene, Seaside, Oregon.
circa 1910
2/8 61
Christmas card
circa 1910
2/8 62
Illustration of boy with stick
Printed on card: I ain't afraid o' nothing.
circa 1912
2/8 63
Thanksgiving card
circa 1912
2/8 64
Buffalo grazing in Stanley Park, Vancouver, British Columbia
circa 1913
2/8 65
 Native American wearing traditional clothing
Printed on card: Pahsetopah, Oasage Indian, in full dress, Oklahoma.
circa 1941
2/8 66
Illustration of donkey with mouth open
Printed on card: Smile and the world smiles with you.
circa 1941
2/8 67
 Native American man, Whiskey Jack, standing outdoors
B.C. Markham, Portland, Oregon (photographer)
Printed on card: Whiskey Jack.
undated
2/8 68
Crater Lake, Oregon
circa 1941
2/8 69 circa 1950s
2/8 70
Thanksgiving card
circa 1957
2/8 71
Christmas card
circa 1957

PortraitReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
2/9 72
Portrait of young woman
Murray & Son, Brockville, Ontario, Canada (photographer)
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Photographs--Specimens
  • Postcards--Specimens
  • Personal Names :
  • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941--Photographs
  • Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952--Photographs
  • Curtis, George Harry, 1901-1999--Archives
  • Curtis, George Harry, 1901-1999--Family--Archives
  • Family Names :
  • Curtis family--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs
  • Postcards
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941, (photographer)
    • Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952, (photographer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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