Walter Shelley Phillips photographs and illustrations, approximately 1885-1940  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Collector
Phillips, W. S. (Walter Shelley), 1867-1940
Title
Walter Shelley Phillips photographs and illustrations
Dates
approximately 1885-1940 (inclusive)
Quantity
638 photographic prints (14 albums in 3 boxes) ; various sizes
55 loose photographic prints (1 box) ; various sizes
513 drawings : pen & ink, pencil, color pencil ; various sizes
69 lantern slides (1 box)
5 acetate negatives
44 carvings (3 boxes) : clay; terra cotta ; various sizes
Collection Number
PH0111
Summary
Art work of W.S. Phillips including photographs, illustrations, cartoons, and clay art documenting and depicting Pacific Northwest landscapes, American Indian life, hunting, fishing, plants, and animals.
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

Materials are fragile. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required for viewing.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Walter Shelley Phillips (1867-1940), also known as "El Comancho," was a self-educated and self-trained newspaper reporter, free-lance writer, author of numerous books, painter, illustrator, carver, photographer, naturalist, and geologist. In his own words: "I am first, last, and always, a Western man...I've always stood on my own hind legs, looked the world in the eye and told it to go to hell -- and am still doing it."

He was born March 3, 1867 in Fairbury, Illinois to Oliver H. Phillips and Eliza Jane Mcdowell Phillips. His family moved west, reaching Nebraska in 1969, and settling in Beatrice, Nebraska. According to his unpublished memoir, the family's homestead was within the Otoe tribe's hunting grounds, and Chief Arkeketa visited with the family regularly. Phillips played as a child with Arkeketa's children in the Otoe camp and by his accounting, was happier with that way of life than with going to school. He hunted buffalo, fished, attended ceremonies, and learned the Plains Indian sign language with which peoples of different Plains tribes communicated with each other. In Phillips' biographical notes within the collection he relates that in his early life he "went thro [sic] Grasshopper plague which came to Nebr. July 16 - 1874." He left school early and traveled across the West and Southwest on his own, meeting up with the Sioux (Lakota), Blackfeet, and Crow peoples as well as other tribes. He acquired the name "Lone Man" from the Sioux. He traveled through the Black Hills, the Rockies, and finally to Seattle in February 1888. He continued his travels, including through the American Southwest.

Phillips began writing about outdoor life in around 1887, including pieces for Forest and Stream , published in New York City. He began work as a reporter for his hometown newspaper, the Beatrice Express , and then the Lincoln Call as a cartoonist. After a time, he traveled west again, and filed a claim on some land, possibly near Billings, Montana or near Belle Fourche, South Dakota. During his time on the claim, the Wounded Knee Massacre occurred in South Dakota in 1890, which Phillips describes as a "piece of heartbreaking butchery that no white men could be proud of." After this time, Phillips returned to Lincoln, Nebraska amd continued his work at the Nebraska Call . He married his wife, Rena Egleston, with whom he had grown up in Beatrice, probably in 1891, and the couple eloped and traveled out to Seattle. In 1891 he began a reporting job at the Seattle Press where his first assignment was to cover a ball given by the Yesler family. After a few months, the Seattle Press came under new management and Phillips was out of a job. He worked on a pile driver crew for two years, and then brought his family back east for two years. Upon their return to Seattle, he wrote a column and drew cartoons for the Telegraph . His job ended when Seattle Post-Intelligencer bought the paper. The Northwestern Lumberman paper in Chicago hired him as an illustrator, ad representative, and reporter, and he worked there for seven years. He returned to the Pacific Northwest to work for the West Coast Lumberman published in Tacoma. He traveled back to Chicago to open that city's western office of Field and Stream . Phillips wrote in 1939 that he had crossed the United States coast to coast 198 times.

At some point during his career he worked for Louis Hill, president of the Great Northern Railroad; he spent more than a year with the Blackfoot tribe in the area that is now Glacier National Park to gather information for the Railroad's advertising department as the company built its line westward. Afterwards he performed a geologic and natural resources survey for the Great Northern from Glacier National Park to Seattle.

In 1904 he began Pacific Sportsman magazine in Seattle; he sold the magazine around 1911. Phillips also became a founding member of the Washington State Game and Fish Protective Association; he wrote thousands of articles on outdoor life and lore, including the syndicated newspaper feature "Teepee Tales." He also wrote books, and illustrated his own and others' books from the 1890s to 1920s, including books for children and Indian legends. He died in Seattle in 1940.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Collection reflects the art work of W.S. Phillips, who was a photographer, illustrator and cartoonist, writer, sculptor and carver. Photograph albums created by Phillips document his mountaineering and camping trips in Washington State, including the Olympic Peninsula, other locations in the western United States, such as Montana and Wyoming, and other trips across the plains and prairies of Nebraska and in the eastern United States. When Phillips appears in the photographs, he is usually in the persona of El Comancho, the character he created for his Western stories and illustrations. Phillips' wife Rena also appears in the photographs, sometimes in the persona of a "lady hunter" or "lady fisherman." The drawings in the collection include finished projects meant for publication or display such as the Teepee Tales series of drawings and also Philips' sketches and studies of plants, animals and people. Phillips' fascination with American Indian cultures is reflected in his drawings, photographs and clay carvings in which he documents and depicts tribal gatherings, dances and art.

Other Descriptive InformationReturn to Top

Photographs contained in the albums were usually numbered by W.S. Phillips, sometimes with a "P" prefix. Phillips' original numbering has been retained wherever evident. Some photographs in the collection were not numbered by Phillips. For these photographs, Special Collections has assigned an item number with an "X" prefix. Similarly, lantern slides, drawings, and carvings were assigned "L," "D," and "C" prefixes respectively.

Albums 1-4,10, 12-13, 15, 18, and 20-21 were not included with the donated collection.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1
Album 5: Olympic Trip of 1914
Scenes of Mt. Constance in the Olympic Mountains, the area Phillips labeled Diablo Pass, climbers Phillips, Roll, Clark, and Griffin, and their camps on the trip. The album includes photos 193-253; photo 231 is missing. Phillips referrs to Diablo Pass, Diablo River and Diablo Canyon in the vicinity of Mount Constance; those names are no longer in use on maps, so it is unclear exactly where Phillips was. It is possible that he was in the vicinity of the North Fork of the Skokomish River.
1914
Album item
5 193-199
Views in Devil's Staircase area of the Olympic Mountains
196: Includes W.S. Phillips "El Comancho." 197: R.O. and Griff on rock.196: Lantern slide in Box 14.
1914
5 200-207
Near pass referred to by Phillips as Diablo Pass
207: Image is reversed.201: Ross and Griffin in snow field just below summit.
1914
5 208-211
South wall of Mount Constance
1914
5 212-213
Views near mountain pass in vicinity of Mount Constance
W. S. Phillips "El Comancho" at summit of pass looking NE toward river valley.
1914
5 214-216
Views near Mount Constance
1914
5 217-218
Southern pass probably of Mount Constance
217: W.S. Phillips "El Comancho" in snow field. 218: image reversed.
1914
5 219
W.S. Phillips "El Comancho" in snow, valley near Mount Constance
1914
5 220-229
Views on ascent and descent of Mount Constance, probably on Devil's Staircase route
221: Clark. 223: Griff, R.O. and Clark at summit of pass. 227: Roll and Griffin.
1914
5 230
Clark and Griffin at end of railroad line, Port Townsend, before ascent
1914
5 232-234
Views in a river valley probably on way in toward Mount Constance
234: Dosewallips River ten miles from its mouth.
1914
5 235A-B
Waterfall identified by W.S. Phillips as Carrs Falls
1914
5 236-238
Roll and Griffin in snow on ascent
1914
5 239
Lake under snow
1914
5 240-242
Camps of W.S. Phillips and his companions
1914
5 243-245
Along river identified by Phillips as Diablo River
1914
5 246-249
Four-part panorama of view looking west from the summit of pass in vicinity of south wall of Mount Constance
1914
5 250-253
Views in vicinity of "Diablo" river and pass and Devil's Staircase
1914
1
Album 6: Quilcene Ranch, Little River Olympic Trip, Original Olympic Trip
Scenes of a ranch along the shore, and trips in the Olympics. Olympic views include Copper River [Copper Creek], Dirty Face Ridge, and Gold Creek, all in the northwest corner of what is now Olympic National Park. The album includes photos 254-276 and 291-324.
1906
Album item
6 254-265
Views probably of the Quilcene Ranch including shoreline, farm buildings and buildings on a dock
1906
6 266-276
Scenes at a farm or ranch, on shipboard and in the woods
These photographs are probably from the "Original Olympic trip" which are identified as "small plates" (smaller sized negatives).
1906
6 291-318
Scenes of mountains, Phillips and three women named Rena, Joe Kinkaid, and Billy hiking and horse packing on the "Little River Olympic Trip"
291-292: Rena. 294: W.S. Phillips "El Comancho." 296: Two women Rena and Billy. 300: Rena registering Little River Summit on tree. 307, 309, 314: W.S. Phillips as "El Comancho."
1906
6 319-324
Six part panoramic view of Olympics from Dirty Face Ridge
1906
2
Album 7: Olympics Original trip and Quilcene Pass trip and Lincoln Peak, Cascade Summit, Avalanche Basin, Lower Columbia River
Scenes in the mountains, including the Olympic Mountains, Washington and the Rockies in Montana in what is now Glacier National Park. The album includes photographs 277-290 (Olympics Original Trip and Quilcene Pass) and photographs 326-376 (Lincoln Peak, etc.). Photo 368 is not in the album.
1908
Album item
7 277
Three men with packs and rifles
1908
7 280-281
Two-part panorama of Lake Valley on north side of Mt. Constance
1908
7 282
Valley seen from mountain gap at head of Big Quilcene River on the north side of Mount Constance
1908
7 283-285
Three-part panorama of view from Mt. Contanace at head of Big Quilcene River
1908
7 286
Ridge near Mount Constance, looking north from Quilcene Pass down Dungeness Valley
1908
7 287-289
Three-part panorama of Dome Valley to Big Quilcene River
1908
7 290
Valley at head of Quilcene River
1908
7 326-336
Twelve-part panorama of view of mountainside probably in Glacier National Park
1908
7 337-339
Three-part panorama of Avalanche Basin, Glacier National Park
1908
7 340-341
Two-part panorama of Avalanche Basin, Glacier National Park
1908
7 342-344
Two-part panorama of Avalanche Basin, Glacier National Park
1908
7 345
Avalanche Lake, Glacier National Park
1908
7 346-367
Construction of a railroad including a man with dynamite sitting on dynamite boxes
1908
7 369-375
Views of the Columbia River below Wenatchee and below Entiat Rapids
1908
7 376
Mouth of the Chelan River at Chelan
1908
3
Album 8: Columbia River, Lake Chelan, Soap Lake, Priest Lake, Flathead Lake, Flathead River, Lake McDonald, St. Marys Lake [St. Mary Lake], West Slope of Rockies
Views of Lake Chelan, Chelan River, Stehekin River, Soap Lake, and Soap Lake Sanitorium in Washington State. Views of Hotel McDonald, Lake McDonald, and West Glacier, Montana. Views of Avalanche Peak and Citadel Peak, Colorado. The album includes photos 377-451.
undated
Album item
8 377-390
Lake Chelan, Chelan River Canyon, Chelan River and the mouth of the Stehekin River
undated
8 391
Soap Lake Sanitarium (burned)
undated
8 392-396
Soap Lake
undated
8 397-400
Priest Lake
undated
8 401-420
Flathead Lake and River
undated
8 421-424
Charles Howe fishing and running the Red Lick Rapids
undated
8 425-426
Belton Chalet and guests
The town of Belton is currently named West Glacier, Montana.
undated
8 427-443
Boats, boat landing, shore, Hotel McDonald and cabins at McDonald Lake, Glacier National Park, Montana
undated
8 444-445
Avalanche Creek, Avalanche Basin, Glacier National Park, Montana
undated
8 446
Rocky mountain wildflowers
undated
8 447-451
Citadel Peak and Lake, Colorado and small lakes on the west slopes of the Rockies
undated
2
Album 9: Blackfoot Indians and East slope of the Rockies
Cree Indians, mountain and river landscapes in what is now Glacier National Park, Montana, Blackfoot Indian ceremonies. The album includes photos 452-500. Photo 488 is missing.
1910
Album item
9 452
Portrait of Cree girl
There is enlargement of this photo.
1910
box-folder:oversize
10/1 452a
Enlargement of portrait of Cree girl
1910
Album
9 453
Mary Houseman and family
1910
9 454-457
Portrait of Cree girl, possibly Mary Houseman
1910
9 458
Portrait of Cree girl, possibly Mary Houseman, double exposed with a scene of a lake
From accompanying material: Lady of the Lake.
1910
9 459
John Munroe family in front of log house at Two Medicine Lake
From accompanying material: John Munore family. Corner 2 Medicine Lake
1910
9 460-465
Mountains and landscape around Two Medicine Lake and valley
1910
9 466-470
Travois Trail and landscapes, Colorado or Montana
1910
9 471-483
Blackfoot Medicine Lodge ceremony and dance series
People identified include: Little Dog (471-472), Mount Chief (472, 475-476), Crazy Horse (472, 480), Little Dog (473), Yellow Owl (478).
1910
9 484-489
Grass dance with wagons and teepees in background
Photo 484: Solo grass dancer, possibly Blue Eyes.
1910
9 490-496
Blackfoot Indian groups in ceremonial dress near medicine lodge
1910
9 497
Blackfoot chiefs on horseback
1910
9 498
Large group of teepees
1910
9 499-500
Large group of teepees at Great Circle Camp, Browning, Montana
1910
3
Album 11: Duck Marsh, Lady Hunters, Canoes, Miscel- [miscellaneous] Outdoor Stuff
Views of a woman (Rena) hunting, W.S. Phillips hunting in a marsh, and Phillips' duck boat. The album includes photos 501-514, 612-632, 635, 644 (photos 633-634, 636-643 are missing). See loose photos in next series for photographs assumed to have been removed from this album.
undated
Album item
11 501-514
Woman (Rena) hunting birds with a rifle
undated
11 612-628
W.S. Phillips (El Comancho) hunting in a marsh using a flat boat and snow shoes
Photo 628: hand colored lantern slide in box 13.
undated
11 629-632
Duck boat on Madison Street in front of J.W. Nolan Carpenter and T.F. Clark Sheet Metal Works and in the water near dock
Photo 631 has been cut out from album; about 3/4 of an inch remains.
undated
11 635
Thrift and Phillips posing with rifles on Olympic trip
Phillips identified this photograph as "The Alarm."
undated
11 644
Man, probably Phillips, fishing in a river
undated
Loose photographs from Album 11
Box/Folder item
4/1 637 1904
4/1 638 1904
4/1 639
W.S. Phillips carrying (portaging) a canoe
1904
4/1 641
 W.S. Phillips in canoe going through the log flume between Lake Washington and Lake Union
Written on verso: The view taken from top of old "portage" which has since been filled. It was a block or two south of the now Montlake canal. The Fisheries Building is at the approximate Lake Union end of that old waterway.
1904
4/1 643
 W.S. Phillips in canoe exiting log flume between Lake Washington and Lake Union
Written on verso: "Chuting the Shoots" Shooting the Chutes. El Comancho in canoe as it hits Lake Union from the log flume. This log flume once floated logs from Lake Washington to Lake Union to be boomed & rafted to Sawmills. Shooting the chute can only be done when gate is open between flume and old portage way which is now filled.
1904
Loose photos probably from albums 12 & 13
undated
Box/Folder item
4/2 659
Man on a boat
undated
4/2 662
Man bringing fish he caught aboard his boat
From related material: "Taking the catch aboard"
undated
4/2 664
W.S. Phillips and his son, Eldon S. Phillips putting up teepee in campsite at Lake Washington
Written on back of photo: "Breaking Camp Lake Washington about 1904."UW6178
circa 1903-1904
4/2 666
W.S. Philliips, Eldon S. Phillips and man inside teepee near Lake Washington
Written on back of photo: Showing how to put up teepee - foot 14th Ave NE about 1903-1904
circa 1903-1904
4/2 668
W.S. Phillips and Eldon S. Phillips near teepee and canoe at Lake Washington
Written on back of photo: Teepee Camp Putting up Teepee foot 14th Ave NE 1903-1904 W.S. Phillips and Son Eldon S. Phillips.
circa 1903-1904
4/2 671
Teepee with entry flap closed at campsite near Lake Washington
undated
Box
2
Album 14: Fish; Kids day off; One man Pack series; One man Blanket series; Camp with Pardner; Miscel- [Miscellaneous]; Old Seattle
W.S. Phillips as a child fishing, Phillips demonstating packing for camping and how to wear an Indian blanket, Phillips and Rena camping in Ravenna Creek Park area, Ballard and Seattle waterfront areas, Indian John and his home, and the Steamer Flyer at Seattle. The album includes photos 672-674, 676-677, 679-724, 727-735. Photographs 675, 678, and 725-726 are missing from the album.
circa 1880s, 1905, undated
Album item
14 672-674, 676-677, 679
Fish on a table
undated
Box/Folder
4/3 675
Fish on a table
This print is larger than the album size and was found in the collection.
undated
Album
14 676-677, 679
Fish on a table
undated
14 680-685
W.S. Phillips as a child fishing in river in Seattle
Written on back of photo 680: "The writer as a kid, displays fish caught in the river that ran where Ravenna Park is now located."
circa 1880s
14 686-702
W.S. Phillips "El Comancho" demonstrating packing for camp and at campsite
undated
14 703-714
W.S. Phillips "El Comancho" in Indian style clothing demonstrating how to wear an Indian blanket
undated
14 715-719
W.S. Phillips and woman (Rena) at Ravenna Park Creek campsite
1905
14 720-724
Fish and men fishing, probably in Elliot Bay, Seattle
circa 1906
14 727
Houses with view of Latona Bridge across Lake Union
circa 1890s-1900s
14 728
Indian John's house near Lake Union
circa 1890s-1900s
14 729
Oregon Improvement Company building at waterfront in Ballard
circa 1890s-1900s
14 730
Indian John (Che-Seah-Kie) and woman on porch of house
circa 1890s-1900s
14 732
Steamer Flyer in Elliot Bay, Seattle during the Klondike Gold Rush era
circa 1890s-1900s
14 733
Lake Union in a storm
circa 1890s-1900s
14 734
Canoes near wharf at Ballard
circa 1885-1900
14 735
Coal ship at bunker on wharf
1905
Loose photos probably from album 15
Box/Folder item
4/3 738
Canal
undated
4/3 740
Steamboat Flyer
undated
4/3 787
People at Lake Union at the foot of 14th NE swimming and boating in the lake
1903-04
4/3 788 undated
4/3 793-794
Indian John carving canoe, near Lake Union
Written on verso of photo 793: Chief Chi-Siah-Ka or 'Indian John' as he was known making canoe. He is located at a site where the yacht club now exists or in very close vicinity.
1900
4/3 795-796, 798
Indian John making canoe paddles and woman doing laundry, near Lake Union
W.S. Phillips appears in photo 796.
1900
4/3 797, 800
Indian John and W.S. Phillips sitting on canoe near Lake Union
1900
4/3 799
W.S. Phillips with canoe and paddles at Lake Union beach
1900
4/3 801
Indian John with two canoes near Lake Union
1900
4/3 803
Indian John working on canoe near Lake Union
Copy negative and copy print. There is no original print of negative of this photograph in the collection.
1900
Box
1
Album 16: Canoe; Teepee; Violet in Indian Costume; Landscape Miscel- [Miscellaneous]; Southern Stuff; Outdoor Miscel- [Miscellaneous], Skykomish Miscel- [Miscellaneous], Trees, New York, Niagara, Eastern
Views of Lake Union, Lookout Mountain, Skykomish, and Mount Index, Washington State; New York City; Niagara Falls. The album includes photos 804-810 and 863-916.
circa 1900
Album item
16 804
W.S. Phillips by Lake Union with canoe and paddles
1900
16 805
Boy in feather headdress holding pipe near two men, one probably W.S. Phillips, setting up teepee
circa 1900
16 806
W.S. Phillips wearing Indian clothing and feather headdress and holding pipe
circa 1900
16 807-808
Man wearing Indian clothing and feather headdress smoking pipe outside teepee
circa 1900
16 809-810
Young man wearing Indian clothing and feather headdress holding a pipe
circa 1900
16 863-865
Skykomish River, Washington
circa 1900
16 866
W.S. Phillips at top of Lookout Mountain
1900
16 867-868
Views of river possibly in the vicinity of Lookout Mountain
undated
16 869
Cemetery with above ground crypts, possibly in New Orleans, Louisiana
undated
16 870-871
River valley and river views, possibly in the Southern United States
undated
16 872
Wall of burial vaults, probably in New Orleans, Louisiana
undated
16 873-877
River, marsh and rive valley views
undated
16 878-879
Man in a canoe in a body of water
undated
16 880-887
Scenes along a river (probably the Skykomish) near Mt. Index
undated
16 888-889
Trees near Tacoma
See photo 769
1913
16 890-900
New York City
undated
16 901-907
Niagara Falls
undated
16 907a
Man standing in woods
From accompanying notes: Harry among the ferns.
undated
16 908-916
River and landscape scenes probably in the east
undated
Loose photos from album 16
Box item
XNA1 803
Indian John and canoe in front of his lodge
Copy negative.
1900
Box/Folder
4/4 811
Young man wearing Indian clothing and feathered headdress, holding pipe
undated
4/4 886
Two men fishing in a river
On verso: A river big enough to float a steamer-- roaring down from the mountain snows.
undated
Box
2
Album 17: Ships; Eastern Stuff; Sports Copies; Trees; Raging River 1915 Camp
Includes views of ships, East Coast locations, San Francisco locations, and camping trip. Album includes photographs 917-1001c. Photos 954, 956-960, 962, 964-968, 973-977 are missing
Album item
17 917
River in a valley with covered bridge in background possibly in an eastern state
undated
17 918-919
River and railroad along the river
918: log rafts in river.
undated
17 920
Fitchburg Railroad train, Massachusetts
undated
17 92 1-936
Sailing ships and battleships in open water
undated
17 937
Battleship Oregon in Seattle harbor before Spanish-American War
circa 1890s
17 938-939
Ships
undated
17 940
Foundered ship
undated
17 941
Telegraph Hill from the water, San Francisco
circa 1894-1906
17 942
Ferry Building and Embarcadero from San Francisco Bay
circa 1894-1906
17 943
Building and street probably in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
Statue in photograph is probably the statue of Leonidas created for the California Midwinter International Exposition of 1894.
circa 1894-1900
17 944
Panorama building on Strawberry Hill, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
circa 1894-1906
17 945
Statue of President James Garfield southeast of the Conservatory of Flowers, Golden Gate Park, San Francisco
James Abram Garfield Monument was created in 1884 to memorialize President Garfield, who died a few months after an assassination attempt by Charles J. Guiteau.
circa 1894-1906
17 946
River in the hills
undated
17 947-948
Waterlilies on a pond or lake
undated
17 949
Wyoming landscape
undated
17 950
Shed and corral in clearing
undated
17 951
Southern Pacific Railroad train in hilly terrain
undated
17 952
Scenic railway train on the Mount Tamalpais and Muir Woods Railway
circa 1896-circa 1900
17 953
Railroad bridge over river
undated
17 955, 961, 963
Hunter with dead mountain sheep and dead mountain goat
undated
17 969-972
Trees in Schmit Pass
undated
17 978-980
Scenes in the canyon of Raging River
1915
17 981-983
Teepee and tent in camp on Raging River
From accompanying material: Camp on Raging River with broken leg.
circa 1915
17 984-986
Looking up Raging River
From accompanying material: Charles Foster and Roll are identified as the fishermen in the river in photo 986.
undated
17 987
Steamboat Hero
undated
17 989a-991
Portraits of a woman, probably Rena
undated
17 992-993
Snow in west Seattle
undated
17 994-996
Woman on the steamboat Ruth
undated
17 997-999
House (probably Phillips') in West Seattle covered in snow
undated
17 1000b-1001c
Trail cook outfit and the "One-Man Trail-Ration"
undated
Loose photo from album 17
Box/Folder item
4/5 992
Snow in West Seattle
undated
Box
3
Album 19: Mixed miscellaneous; Raging River; Sports and Game Copies; Injun: El Comancho and Zintkalla
Includes photographs 835-977. Photos 863-953, 955, 958, 961, 963, 969-976 are missing.
Album item
19 835-838
Views of a wooden table and an ornately painted screen displayed in front of a house
undated
19 839-840
W.S. Phillips fishing in stream and displaying his catch in a photography studio
undated, 1908
19 841
W.S. Phillips standing next to stacks of Pacific Sportsman magazine
circa 1904
19 842
Photographs of W.S. Phillips' illustrations of duck hunting
undated
19 843
W.S. Phillips panning for gold
undated
19 844-862
Smith and W.S. Phillips fishing in Raging River
From accompanying material: Smith is identified in photo 845 and Phillips is identified in photos 846-848 and 851-854. The man in the other views is not identified.
1907
19 954-954a
A man and a boy posing next to dead China Pheasants
Copy photographs.
undated
19 956-956a
Deer
undated
19 957-957a
Man standing next to a dead bear
Copy photographs.
undated
19 959
Man carrying dead deer on his back
undated
19 960
Man in a ripped shirt standing near bear cubs up a tree
undated
19 962, 964
Men with dead mountain goats
undated
19 965
Studio portrait of W.S. Phillips holding record Rainbow Trout
undated
19 966
Man holding dead pheasants and rifle
Bjorklund, Seattle (Photographer)
Copy photograph.
undated
19 967
Hunter with dead bears
No number on print, but this is probably photograph 967.
undated
19 968
Photograph of W.S. Phillips painting of a fish The Fight
circa 1914
19 977
Zintkala Nuni in Sioux clothing
Zintkala Nuni, or Lost Bird, was a survivor as an infant of the massacre of the Lakota at Wounded Knee in 1890. She was found by a rescue party and raised by a white couple. She later appeared in Buffalo Bill's Wild West Show and in vaudeville before her death in 1920.
circa 1910
Loose photographs probably from albums 20 and 21
Box/Folder item
4/6 1023-1026
River and dead salmon
undated
4/6 1040
Copy photo of pack train
undated
4/6 1041
Copy photo of camp site with teepees
undated
4/7 1105
Horsetail rushes
undated
4/7 1122-3
W.S. Phillips fishing in the Green River
undated
4/7 1186
Repairing a wheel on an automobile
undated
4/7 1218
Copy photo of a Missouri River steamer near St. Joseph, Missouri
circa 1898
4/7 1220
Copy photo of a view from up on Sundance Mountain, Black Hills
circa 1890
4/7 1221
Copy photo of a covered wagon and Nebraska sod school house, The Platte, Nebraska
Written on photo: A waterless river - The Platte - Neb '89. Handpainted lantern slide available in box 13
1889
4/7 1223
Copy photo of Ed Grant and W.S. Phillips fishing on the Blue River
Written on photo: June days along the Blue in Nebraska.
1896
4/7 1224
Copy photo of Phillips fishing on the Blue River
Written on photo: 2 hours sport on the old Blue.Hand painted lantern slide available in box 13
1893
4/7 1226
Copy photo of a group of men with horse-drawn wagon cutting up a deer, Wyoming
Written on photo: Bluie's first deer - Wyo - 90
1890
4/7 1227
W.S. Phillips and Bluie cutting up four dead antelope, Wyoming
circa 1890s
4/7 1230
Copy photo of W.S. Phillips and Blue panning for gold
Written on photo: What'll she go pardner? An anxious moment in the prospectors life. Washington '97.
1897
4/7 1244
Two men in a river facing an empty boat
undated
4/7 1555
Beaver
undated
Box
1
Album 22: Timber stuff n. of Seattle -1924; Lmbrmn Series; Robins Nest; Foo Kee; Devil Clubs; Book 23; Cripple Trees; W. S. P. Portraits
The album includes photographs of trees in the vicinity of Seattle, Coltsfoot and Devil's Club flowers and a woman (Wed) holding flowers. Includes photographs 1260-1309.
1924
Album item
22 1260-1264
Fir trees north of Seattle
1924
22 1265-1266
Fir trees on golf greens north of Seattle
1924
22 1267-1268
Fir trees north of golf grounds, north of Seattle
1924
22 1269
Stumps and second growth tree, north of Seattle
1924
22 1270-1 - 1270-3
Robin on nest
1924
22 1271a
Woman holding flower
Written on verso: Coltsfoot (Petasites speciosa - Piper) Foo Kee - Jap.From accompanying material: Wed and Foo Kee in west Seattle
1924
22 1272a - 1274a
Field of Coltsfoot blossoms
Written on verso: Coltsfoot blossoms Petasites speciosus--Piper. Foo Kee-- Jap
1924
22 1275
Crooked limb fir, Enumclaw Road, Enumclaw, Washington
1924
22 1276
Devil's Club plant, Enumclaw, Washington
Written on verso: devil's club Fatsiea horrida--PiperDevil's Club is a shrub native to western North America.
1924
22 1277
Devil's Club plant in winter, Enumclaw, Washington
1924
22 1278
Double top cedar in Enumclaw, Washington
1924
22 1279-1281
Hemlock in Enumclaw swamp, Washington
1924
22 1282
Coltsfoot leaf and flower and Horsetail rush in bloom
1924
22 1283-1284
Devil's Club
1924
22 1285-1289
Studio portrait of W.S. Phillips dressed as El Comancho
UW8309
1924
22 1290-1292
Photograph of a drawing of El Comancho (W.S. Phillips)
1924
22 1293
Woman "Wed" with bundle of Coltsfoot leaves
From accompanying material: Wed with bundle of Foo Kee leaves.
1924
22 1294
Giant horsetail rush in bloom
Written on verso: Giant Horsetail Rush (Equisetum Telmateia) T'suku Shinbo.
1924
22 1295-1297
Salmon berry tips before stripping
Written on verso: Salmon Berry Rubus Spectabilis
1924
22 1298
Woman "Wed" with Coltsfoot (Foo Kee)
From accompanying materials: Wed with Fookee--cook plate.
1924
22 1299-1303
Robin
1924
22 1304
Double top cedar, Duval Road, Washington
1924
22 1305
Broken back cedar, Duval Road, Washington
1924
22 1306
Three trees growing from stump, Duval Road, Washington
Same image as lantern slide in box 14.
1924
22 1307
Crooked top tree Duval Road, Washington
1924
22 1308
Maple stump near saplings
1924
22 1309
Wed feeding baby robin
1924
1
Album 23: Sod house; robins; gobo; oregon grapes; ferns, Salal berries; rushes; trees; wind-blown cedars (on islands), Devils Clubs; home; Salmon Berries; flowers; plants. All 1924
Views of a woman (Wed) with flowers, a sod house, houses at Alki Beach, trees and flowers, large Douglas fir log at Northern Pacific Railroad, various plant specimans, and a house and garden. The album includes photographs 1310-1406. Photograph 1373 is missing.
1924
Album item
23 1310
Woman (Wed) on the back porch with a woven basket and giant horsetail rush
May 1924
23 1311
Woman (Wed) in patch of horsetail rush
May 1924
23 1312
Woman (Wed) in patch of salmon berry
May 1924
23 1313
Madrona tree and crooked Laurel
Written on verso: Madrona Arbutus menziesii-- piper.Identified as crooked Laurel in accompanying material.
May 1924
23 1314
Woman (Wed) in nettle patch
Written on verso: Urtica Lyallii Common nettle.
May 1924
23 1315
Woman (Wed) picking ferns
Written on verson: Pteridium aquilinum pubescens--piper.
May 1924
23 1316-1319
Woman (Wed) holding a robin
May 1924
23 1320
Sod house on open prairie
May 1924
23 1321-1322
Woman (Wed) scraping burdock to prepare for eating
Written on verso: Arctium Minus Burdock
May 1924
23 1323
Tree and houses at Alki Beach, Seattle
Written on verso: Bobbed haired willow
May 1924
23 1324
Four topped cedar tree near Alki Point road, Seattle
May 25, 1924
23 1325
Four topped fir tree on Alki Point road, Seattle
May 25, 1924
23 1326
Double topped cedar trees, Mount Rainier
May 25, 1924
23 1327
Blasted top fir tree near Orting, Washington
May 26, 1924
23 1328
Salal berry in bloom
May 25, 1924
23 1329
Cottonwood tree near Kent, Washington
May 25, 1924
23 1330
Maple tree near Kent, Washington
May 25, 1924
23 1331-1334
Alder grove near Kapowsin, Washington
Lantern slide for 1331 in box 14.
May 25, 1924
23 1335
Still life of a Salal bush in bloom
May 29, 1924
23 1335a - 1335b
Close-up of Salal leaves and berries
1924
23 1336-1337
Close-up of Oregon grape in bloom
May 20, 1924
23 1338
Tall stump of a dead willow tree near East Valley Road, Renton, Washington
Written on verso: Old dead snag, Renton Road.
June 1, 1924
23 1339
Woman (Laura) standing in front of old growth Douglas fir log in railroad yard, Buckley, Washington
Written on verso: "Douglas fir- 11 foot 3" diameter"
June 1, 1924
23 1340-1341
Still life of Oregon Grape plant
June 1, 1924
23 1344-1346
Island trees shaped by wind
1924
23 1347
Two stalks of edible Dockweed
1924
23 1348-1349
Devil's Club leaves and green berries
1924
23 1350a-b
Still life of Salmon berries
UW6177
1924
23 1351
Dockweed plants in seed
1924
23 1352-1353
Flowering bush
1924
23 1354
Spirea plant,
1924
23 1355
Tansy plant
1924
23 1356-1357
Still life of Labrador Tea plant
1924
23 1358
Still life of plant with small trumpet-shaped flowers
1924
23 1359-1360
Still life of hardhack (Spiraea douglasii)
1924
23 1361-1362
Still life of Spirea plant
1924
23 1363
Still life of avalanche lily and columbine
1924
23 1364-1366
Still life of Labrador Tea plant
1924
23 1367
Still life with Labrador Tea leaves in a cup
1924
23 1368-1372
House and garden probably belonging to W.S. Phillips
1924
23 1374-1381
Flowers found near Snoqualmie, Washington
1924
23 1382
Still life of Thimble Berry blossoms
1924
23 1383
Still life of Blue Larkspur
1924
23 1384
Still life of Trim Stars
1924
23 1385
Still life of Blue Muckweed
1924
23 1386
Still life of Indian Paint Brush
1924
23 1387
Yellow Sunflower
1924
23 1388
Still life of largeleaf avens (Geum marophyllum)
1924
23 1389
Still life of a species of Lilium
1924
23 1390
Still life of flowers fount at a mountain summit
1924
23 1391
Still life of Shooting Star plant
1924
23 1392
Man holding up backdrop near shooting star plant and log
1924
23 1393-1393c
Still life of plant with the genus Mimulus
1924
23 1394
Still life of white bog orchid found at pond at mountain summit
1924
23 1395
Man holding backdrop behind bog orchid plant
1924
23 1396-1397
Still life of Oak Ferns
1924
23 1398
Still life of Mountain Anemone
1924
23 1399-1400
Plant still life
1924
23 1401-1403
Still life of flowers
1924
23 1404
Still life of Tansy
The surface of the photograph has been abraded and torn due to water damage.
1924
23 1405
Still life of Mountain Daisy
The surface of the photograph has been abraded and torn due to water damage.
1924
23 1406
Still life of leaf
The surface of the photograph has been abraded and torn due to water damage.
1924
1
Album 24: Series of Beaver Workings. Taken on Gold Creek, Summit of Cascade Mts. 1924
Views of beavers, beaver dams, trees chewed by beaver and other evidence of beaver at Gold Creek in the Cascade Mountains. Album includes photographs 1407-1511. Photo 1508 is missing.
Album item
24 1407
Leaning tree chewed by beavers
1924
24 1408
"Kings highway" in the woods
1924
24 1409
Path through tall grass
1924
24 1410
Old tree with large cut in base near road
1924
24 1411
W.S. Phillips holding camera and tripod looking at beaver dam
1924
24 1412
Trees felled by beavers
1924
24 1413
Old tree with large cut in the base near road
1924
24 1414
W.S. Phillips examining a tree felled by beavers
1924
24 1415
W.S. Phillips examining a tree with bark stripped off and partially cut by beavers
1924
24 1416
Man examining a double tree with large beaver cut
1924
24 1417
W.S. Phillips at beaver dam and pond
1924
24 1418
W.S. Phillips making a map at a pond
1924
24 1419
Tree with beaver damage
1924
24 1420
Log peeled and chewed by beavers
1924
24 1421-1422
Small tree with wood chips gnawed away by beavers
1924
24 1423
"Kings Highway" trail through the woods
1924
24 1424
W.S. Phillips standing in large beaver pond
1924
24 1425
W.S. Phillips at large beaver pond and water flowing over beaver dam
1924
24 1426
W.S. Phillips standing on large beaver dam
1924
24 1427
W.S. Phillips examining broken beaver dam
1924
24 1428
Stagnant pond
1924
24 1429
W. S. Phillips examining old tree felled by beavers
1924
24 1430-1431
W.S. Phillips examining tall double cut tree
1924
24 1432
W.S. Phillips pointing to cuts in tree
1924
24 1433
W.S. Phillips examining tree with deep beaver cuts
1924
24 1434
W.S. Phillips examining a cut tree at a beaver dam
1924
24 1435
Pond with beaver dam and felled trees
1924
24 1436
W.S. Phillips with felled trees at beaver dam in pond
1924
24 1437-1438
W.S. Phillips drawing a map at the edge of a pond
1924
24 1439
W.S. Phillips examining a large beaver cut in a tree
1924
24 1440
W.S. Phillips sitting at edge of pond examining trees cut down by beavers at the lower creek
1924
24 1441-1442
W.S. Phillips examining trees cut down by beavers
1924
24 1443
Tree cut down by beavers
1924
24 1444
Canal in small meadow
1924
24 1445
W.S. Phillips standing near canal in small meadow
1924
24 1446
W.S. Phillips looking at trail through grass meadow
1924
24 1447
Meadow and trail with W.S. Phillips in distance
1924
24 1448
W.S. Phillips viewing "Kings Highway" trail through woods
1924
24 1449
W.S. Phillips viewing trail
1924
24 1450
W.S. Phillips at large beaver pond with clear water
1924
24 1451
W.S. Phillips standing at broken high beaver dam
1924
24 1452
Upper beaver dam on creek
1924
24 1453
Man, probably W.S. Phillips, standing above his reflection in a pond
1924
24 1454
W.S. Phillips examining large area of bark re-growth on a tree with bark peeled off by beavers
1924
24 1455
W.S. Phillips examing bark regrowth area on tree peeled by beavers
1924
24 1456-1457
W.S. Phillips examing a beaver dam structure
1924
24 1458
Pile of sticks left by beavers in the woods
1924
24 1459
W.S. Phillips examining a cedar tree partially cut at base
1924
24 1460-1461
W.S. Phillips examining trees felled by beavers
1924
24 1462
W.S. Phillips examining small canal through woods
1924
24 1463
Small beaver canal dug out through woods
1924
24 1464
W.S. Phillips examining spill and crossover of canal through woods
1924
24 1465
Two young women pointing to large double cut tree
1924
24 1466
Beaver den entrance on upper pond terrace
1924
24 1467-1468
Two women at long dike dam
1924
24 1469
Women at old beaver cut tree
1924
24 1470
Beaver den
1924
24 1471
Part of terrace pond
1924
24 1472
Beaver pond
1924
24 1473
Hemlock tree with beaver cuts
1924
24 1474
Beaver pond at upper creek
1924
24 1475
Dike on upper pond
1924
24 1476
W.S. Phillips beside beaver dam
1924
24 1477
W.S. Phillips examining beaver cut tree
1924
24 1477 ½
Tree felled by beaver on lower creek pond
1924
24 1478
W.S. Phillips examining a large beaver den on the upper pond
1924
24 1479-1484
W.S. Phillips examining beaver cuts on large tree
1924
24 1485-1486
Trees
1924
24 1487-1491
W.S. Philliips with camera and tripod examining large tree with double beaver cuts
1924
24 1492
W.S. Philliips examining beaver track at upper big pond
1924
24 1493
W.S. Philliips with camera and tripod examining large tree
1924
24 1494
W.S. Philliips examining tree cut by beavers in a dumbbell-shaped pattern
1924
24 1495
W.S. Philliips with camera and tripod examining trees at crossover trail
1924
24 1496
W.S. Philliips at ditch made by beavers near upper creek
1924
24 1497
W.S. Philliips in Beaver Meadow
1924
24 1498-1499
W.S. Philliips looking at beaver cut trees
1924
24 1500
Double beaver dam at upper pond
1924
24 1501
W.S. Philliips standing on logs at upper beaver dam
1924
24 1502
Caved-in tunnel in beaver dam area
1924
24 1503
W.S. Philliips examining area dug away by beavers at upper dam
1924
24 1504
W.S. Philliips looking into beaver dam
1924
24 1505
W.S. Philliips examining large tree
1924
24 1506
W.S. Philliips at three foot dam on lower creek
1924
24 1507
Beaver skull
1924
24 1511
Double beaver dam
1924
24 1510
Woman examining old beaver cut tree
1924
24 1509
Two people examining stand of trees
1924
24 1523-1536
Beaver in Tacoma park
lantern slide in box 14
1924
24 1508
Photograph of map Sketch Map of Gold Creek Beaver Works by El Comancho
1924

Loose photographs not from albumsReturn to Top

Prefix "X" assigned to distinguish these photographs from those numbered by Phillips. Most photographs in this series were probably made by Phillips but for some reason not numbered by him.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
4/8 X1
Group gathering in a lake
On verso: Mrs. Dutten Hoffer. Eldon + Laura in boat. Gary Carr + wife. Kenny [illegible] swimming. Mrs. Shadboldt and myself standing. Foot 14th N.E. in Lake Union.
1902-1903
4/8 X2
A man and a woman fishing on a river bank
circa 1920
4/8 X3
Man fishing off a log
circa 1920
4/8 X4
Automobile below a tall, lone tree
circa 1920
4/8 X5-X7
Deer
undated
4/8 X8
El Comancho (W.S. Phillips) skinning a big rattlesnake, Lower Cheyenne River in the Black Hills
1931
4/8 X9
Man on snow shoes with rifle
undated
4/8 X10
Photograph of El Comancho drawing
With copy of printed drawing.Caption: If I can meet you on the trail and say "hello!" "goodbye!" and leave you wishing we might meet again -- why I'll be satisfied! El Comancho.
undated
4/8 X11
Photograph of W.S. Phillips' designs for stamp poster advertisements
All stamps signed: W.S. Phillips, Commercial Artist, 4091 Arcade Building, Seattle.
undated
Photographic studies for drawings
Box/Folder item
4/9 X12-X16
Still life with a fish
undated
4/9 X17
Hand holding the skull of a horned animal
undated
4/9 X18-X19
Study of a fern
Same image with different exposure.
undated
4/9 X20
Moose head
undated
Portraits of W.S. Phillips
Box/Folder item
4/10 X21-X22
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho leaning against a tree
undated
4/10 X23
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho sitting on a tree stump
undated
4/10 X24
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho in a suit
undated
4/10 X25-X26
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho dressed in corduroy and neckerchief
On verso: Jamestown, New York.
1924
4/10 X27
El Comancho frowning
1931
4/10 X28
Phillips sitting with a woman and another man in KDKA radio studio, Pittsburgh
February 25, 1931
Photographs annotated by Phillips but made by other photographers
Box/Folder item
4/11 X29
Buffalo herd
J. E. Haynes (photographer)
undated
4/11 X30
River
Webster & Stevens (3586?) (Photographer)
Note on verso suggests this photograph was used for W.S. Phillips' "The Way of the Free People" with the caption "Usually clear water running bank full."
undated

Lantern slidesReturn to Top

Some of these lantern slides are made from images that appear in the Phillips' albums, and others do not appear as prints but match photographs described in Phillips' photograph log (in his address book). The remaining lantern slides in this series have been tentatively identified based on notes in Phillips' photograph log. They contain little or no identification or numbering. Several of the photographs are hand-colored.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
5 L1
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho with gun in snow, Olympic Mountains near Copper River (Phillips 309)
This image also appears in Album 6. Unmounted lantern slide.
1906
5 L2
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho with gun, walking with snoe shoes on marsh (Phillips 617)
This image also appears in Album 11.
circa 1900
5 L3
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho with gun, walking with snoe shoes on marsh (Phillips 627)
This image also appears in Album 11.
circa 1900
5 L4
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho standing with fishing pole in boat, probably in Puget Sound near Seattle
Photograph is probably part of the Salmon Fishing Set (Phillips 646-664). Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
circa 1904
5 L5
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho in one man camp (Phillips 693)
This image also appears in Album 14.
circa 1900
5 L6
W.S. Phillips beside large tree, Enumclaw, Washington (Phillips 1053)
Copy print of Phillips image on lantern slide. Original print not in collection.
undated
5 L7
Bluestem grass prairie, Nebraska (Phillips 1177)
Photographic print of this image is not in collection.Also labeled 7-Prsnl. On Asahel Curtis lantern slide frame.Description from Phillips' notes: Upper end - Blue Stem draw Neb.
circa 1893-1896
5 L8
Covered wagon and Nebraska sod school house, The Platte, Nebraska (Phillips 1221)
Matches loose image P1221; image probably from Albums 20-21.Also labeled 8-Prsnl. On Asahel Curtis lantern slide frame.
1889
5 L9
W.S. Phillips as El Comancho holding fish caught on the Blue River, Nebraska (Phillips 1224)
Matches loose image 1224; Image probably from Album 21 or 21.Also labeled 11-Prsnl. On Asahel Curtis lantern slide frame.
1893
5 L10
Automobile and other discarded items in stream, Carnation, Washington (Phillips P-Z-14)
No photographic print of this image in collection. Description in Phillips' address book "Appendix": Garbage dump - Carnation.
September 1926
5 L11
American Indians on horseback, in foothills (Phillips A47)
Labeled A47 on slide. Negatives with "A" prefixes are described in Phillips notes; however, A47 is not listed in his notes. From Phillips' notes, the A series appears to have been made during a trip to Montana, Wyoming and possibly South Dakota. Image does not appear elsewhere in collection.
circa 1928
5 L12
Path through hills, possibly Sand Hills, Nebraska
Labeled 16-Prsnl. This image may be P1035 or P1037. Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
circa 1890
5 L13
Snake, probably Eastern Hognose
Labeled 89, but there is no Phillips' description for a negative with that number. Also labeled Graham Donahue 28-Prsnl. On Asahel Curtis lantern slide frame. Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated
5 L14
Prairie with butte in distance, possibly in Wyoming
Labeled 13-Prsnl. Possibly P1210, for which Phillips' description is: Butte skyline Wyo. Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated
5 L15
Trail through scrub brush
Labeled 22-Prsnl. Possibly in Nebraska or Wyoming. Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated
5 L16
Five men in front of blacksmith's shop
Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated
5 L17
Mount Rainier seen from the west through dead trees
Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated
5 L18
River and sandy bank
Labeled 10-Prsnl. On Asahel Curtis lantern slide frame. Photographic print of this image is not in collection.
undated

Drawings and Illustrations: Completed ProjectsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
6 D1
Washington Wild Flowers: Painted from Life by Phillips
106 water color drawings. Numbered according to order found in box; may not reflect Phillips' original order.
circa 1909-1912
Box/Folder
4/12 D2
"Toots-E" cartoon advertisements for C. M. Lovsted & Co., Seattle
2 cartoons.
1917
Box
7 D3
Illustrations for El Comancho's Teepee Tales
138 pen and ink drawings on cards (cut copy) for engraver to copy. Arranged numerically by Teepee Tale number.
circa 1925
Series of drawings of Sioux tribe
Phillips used this series of drawings in bas relief clay carvings. See Clay Art Carvings series.
box-folder:oversize item
8/1 D4
Sketches
11 drawings: Drawings no. 2-9, 11-12. Rough sketch of "Tragedy." Pencil on trace.
circa 1939
Box/Folder
4/13 X31-X42
Photographs of completed drawings in Sioux series
Includes: X31: "A New Trail in the Grass" [matches sketch 2]; X32: "The Parley" [matches sketch 3]; X33: "The Travelers" [matches sketch 3]; X34: "The Buffalo Run" [matches sketch 5]; X35: "The Sweat Lodge" [matches sketch 6]; X36: "Ambush" [matches sketch 7]; X37: "Horse-Stealing Raiders" [matches sketch 8]; X38: "Pescun" [matches sketch 9]; X39: "Traders" [matches sketch 11]; X40: "Buffalo Dance" [sketch 12]. X41 and X42:"Tragedy" and "The Smoke Signal." These 2 photographs document drawings that are not in the collection.
circa 1939
Box
XNB1 X43a-X46
Photographs of wall exhibit of Sioux drawings
X43a: Image of the drawings "The Buffalo Run", "The Sweat Lodge," and "The Travelers" with captions and partial exhibit overview statement. X43b: A slightly different view of the content captured in X43a. X44: Image of the drawings "A New Trail in the Grass", "The Parley," and "Smoke Signals" with captions and other half of exhibit overview statement. X45: Image of the drawings "Traders", "Buffalo Dance," and "Tragedy" with captions. X46: Image of the drawings "Horse-Stealing Raiders", "Ambush," and "Peskun" with captions.
circa 1939
An Indian Art Primer: Arranged for Young Folks
Box item
9 D5
Book of drawings in pen and water color with hand-written explanations of Indian carvings, objects and paintings
102 pages: 50 drawings in pen and water color and 50 pages of hand-written text. Complete list of Indian art topics is in collection case file.
undated
5 L19-L69
Hand-colored lantern slides of drawings from An Indian Art Primer
51 slides. Slide of title page contains different image than in book.
undated
box:oversize item
XE1 D6
Two pages of illustrations of Indian sign language
undated
box-folder:oversize
8/2 D7
Illustrated poems
8 drawings: Three versions of "Kin Dowan Ininaunpi ("The Singing Silence")" with draft on tracing paper (1900; poem published in New York, 1923; pen and ink and watercolor; pen and ink and pastel/crayon); finished and draft versions of poem to a stuffed buffalo head signed El Comancho, 1867-1937 (circa 1937); pen and ink and colored pencil on tracing paper; pencil on tracing paper); Undated pen and ink poem and illustration about Lone Man (Pen and ink illustration of man traveling toward sunset with the words "Tok-shah Yu-hi - Wah-kaga Niga" is on verso of drawing).
1900, 1937, and undated
8/3 D8
Illustrations for magazines and books
5 drawings: Print of cover illustration for The Singing Mouse Stories by E. Hough (1896; with Phillips' note: Whittled out with a knife); Cartoon of passengers on railway platform for Field & Stream (1903; graphite); Completed design and draft of wolf silhouette against rising moon used for cover design of Pacific Sportsman (1917; Ink, crayon; pencil on tracing paper); Cover design of hooked fish leaping for Pacific Sportsman(undated; pen and ink).
1896, 1903, 1917, undated
8/4 D9
Completed graphite drawing of four-masted sailing ship and steamer captioned "A falling barometer"
1892
Box/Folder
4/14 D10
Completed drawings and paintings of various subjects
14 drawings: Man in loin cloth with arms outstretched in front of totem poles, titled "Kloo-Kwallie, The Medicine Dance" (1892, pen and ink); Man killing deer with hunting knife (1893, watercolor, pen and ink); Man shooting deer (1893, watercolor); Sinking ship titled "Wreck of the W.K. Merwin" (1893, watercolor, pen and ink) with caption: Wrecked in Puget Sound Feb. '93); W.K. Merwin sinking in Puget Sound (1893, pen and ink); 2 watercolor and pen and ink drawings of steamer Willamette (1893); Two American Indians fishing for herring in canoes on Puget Sound (1893, watercolor); American Indian rowing canoe, probably on Puget Sound (circa 1893, watercolor); Hooked fish jumping with two fisherman in rowboat in background (1894, pen and ink) with caption: Silver salmon -- The strike; American Indians around campfire, probably playing game of chance titled "The Ring Gamble" (1896, white pencil on black background); Man carrying pack leading packhorse, probably on Chilkoot Pass (1897, pen and ink); Miner lying with arm outstretched titled "Ambition" (undated, pencil); Mountains and clouds (undated, watercolor)
1892-1897, undated
box-folder:oversize
10/2-10/3 D11
Completed drawings and paintings of various subjects
2 drawings: Mountain and reflection of mountain in water, with three people in canoe in foreground (1938, pen and ink); farmhouse surrounded by cottonwood trees (undated, pencil and pen and ink).
1938, undated

Drawings and Illustrations: Sketches and StudiesReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
11 D12
Sketchbook
Sketches done by El Comancho on a wide variety of subjects.
circa 1889
People
Box/Folder item
4/15-4/20 D13
Heads
30 drawings: 27 colored pencil drawings of American Indian men, most wearing headdresses; man wearing cowboy hat and long beard; woman in hat (undated, colored pencil); pen and ink drawing of mustachioed man smoking pipe (undated).
undated
box-folder:oversize
8/5 D14
Heads
3 drawings: 2 studies of American Indian man's head (undated; pencil, pencil on trace); Sketch of man with long beard, possibly meant to be a trapper or mountain man (undated; pencil).
undated
Box/Folder
4/21 D15
Various sketches of people
4 drawings: Sketch of cowboy, possible meant to be El Comancho (undated, colored pencil); Sketch of woman walking two small dogs (undated, colored pencil); Sketch of man in check suit (undated, colored pencil); Cowboy reclining on grassy hillside (undated, pen and ink).
undated
Box/Folder item
4/22-4/24 D16
Cartoon sketches
25 drawings: 12 pencil and pen and ink "Gumboot Arizona" cartoon character sketches; 12 pen and ink "Corncob Caleb" cartoon sketches; 1 pen and ink cartoon of tall girl in kitchen captioned "She's a big help to her mother."
undated
4/25 D17
Designs for borders and insignia
6 drawings: 4 designs for bookmarks (undated); El Comancho symbol in colored pencil (undated); Pencil sketch of Emerson Hough design of skull and rose "Life is short," drawn August 26, 1895, accompanied by Phillips' explanatory notes, written 1940 [Emerson Hough was a writer of Western stories].
1895, 1940, undated
Wildlife
Box/Folder item
4/26 D18
Deer and bears
12 drawings: 7 drawings of deer (1893, undated) in pen and ink, watercolor and pencil; 5 pen and ink drawings of bears (1924).
1893, 1924, undated
box-folder:oversize
8/6 D19
Buffalo and coyote
5 drawings: 2 colored pencil drawings of fighting buffalo pair (undated); buffalo studies in pen and ink on tracing paper (undated); pencil drawing of buffalo skull (1924) captioned "My old Buffalo skull sketched at Seattle. El Comancho"; 1 drawing of coyote titled "The gaunt spectre of the cattle country" (1892).
1924 and undated
box:oversize
XE1 D20
Antelope series
2 drawings titled: "Five Antelope Scurrying Away"; "Left to the Coyotes: The Fate of a Wounded Antelope."
September 1890
Box/Folder
4/27 D21
Herons and ducks
2 drawings: 1 drawing of herons in flight (undated, pen and ink); 1 pen and ink drawing of ducks (undated).
undated
box-folder:oversize
10/4 D22
Canada goose and heron
3 drawings: Pencil sketch and completed crayon drawing of Canada goose in foreground, against marsh scene in three frames (undated); 1 sketch of heron (undated, pencil on tracing paper)
undated
Box/Folder
4/28 D23
Fish and starfish
13 drawings: Pen and ink sketches of trout heads and trout (circa 1895); pen and ink flounder studies (undated); pen and ink starfish design; pen and ink sketches of different kinds of fish (1938); pen and ink sketches of Rainbow Trout with notes on coloring by Phillips (undated); pen and ink drawing of smallmouth bass ( Micropterus dolomieu) on tracing paper (undated); pencil drawing of fish captioned "Cattie fish. Puget Sound. Length about 7 feet" (undated);
1895, 1938 and undated
box-folder:oversize
10/5 D24
Fish sketches
4 drawings: Pencil and pen and ink sketches of fish (undated); Pen and ink and watercolor sketches of fish heads (1893); Crayon and pen and ink drawing of bass leaping toward fly fishing lure (July 27, 1907)
1893, 1907, undated
Box/Folder
4/29 D25
Locust and katydid
3 drawings: Pencil sketch of katydid captioned: K-T-Did; 2 pen and ink drawings of locusts, 1 dated 1925.
1925, undated
4/30 D26
Wildlife studies with notes
16 pages: Subjects included are Caddis fly, salt water clam, scorpion, centipede, mole, dogtoothed violet, cawas plant, arrowhead, lady slipper orchid, yellow jacket wasp, beaver, and wood ant.
undated
4/31 D27
Plant life
6 drawings: 2 pen and ink sketches of tormentil plant, Glacier Park (1920); Drawing of Common Arrowhead (undated, pen and ink) with caption: Wapato - Common Arrowhead (Lat. Sagittaria latifolia); 3 drawings of leaves and branches (undated, pen and ink).
1920, undated
box-folder:oversize
8/7 D28
Plant life
12 drawings: 1 colored pencil drawing of cottonwood tree at Rapid Creek, South Dakota (1939); Sketch in pencil on tracing paper and completed color pencil drawing of Anemone (wind flower) plant (May 10, 1939) with note by Phillips that plant was drawn from life in Rapid City, South Dakota; 1 drawing of wild violets and dodecatheon, common name "shooting star" (1939, colored pencil on tracing paper); 4 drafts and completed drawings of iris (1939, pencil and colored pencil on tracing paper); Sketch and completed drawing, probably of wild gladiolus (circa 1939, colored pencil on tracing paper); Branch of wild roses (circa 1939, colored pencil); Sketch of evergreen tree (undated, pencil on tracing paper).
1939
Box/Folder item
4/32 D29
Miscellaneous sketches and studies
11 drawings: Various sketches of people, animals and plants (14 sheets, undated, various media); Map of United States with drawn route from Seattle to New York (1923, pen and ink) with caption: 12,661 miles Seattle to N. York and return. July 7 to Nov. 11 1923.
undated
box-folder:oversize
8/8 D30
Miscellaneous sketches and studies
6 drawings: Pencil and colored pencil.
undated
10/6 D31
Charles Russell with saddled mountain goat and caption "I rode him"
Charles Marion Russell (artist)
Note on print, probably by Phillips: This is Charlie Russell, the cowboy artist (good portrait too).
circa 1904
box:oversize
12 D32
Proof Cuts Made on Seattle Telegraph
Clippings of images from the Seattle Telegraph.
1894
XE1 D33
Published cartoons by W.S. Phillips pasted to page
circa 1888-1890

Clay Art CarvingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Carvings
Box item
13 C1
Indian Dancer bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936
14 C2
Buffalo Going to Water bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936
15 C3
Buffalo Head hand-tooled model
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1937
14 C4
The Hide Worker bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1937
13 C5
The Medicine Dancer bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.Broken in half.
1937
14 C6
The Prospector bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C7
The Watcher bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1937
14 C8
Cubist Indian Head block carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1937
14 C9
The Medicine Man bas relief
2 copies. One broken in half.Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
13 C10
Indian Camp bas relief
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C11
The Love Serenade bas relief
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C12
The Parley bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C13
Smoke Signal bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C14
Painting His Deeds bas relief carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C15
The Travoise bas relief
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C16
Map in the Sand bas relief
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
15 C17
Sioux Indian Headbas relief carving in Tale rock
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C18
Totem Pole figure
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
15 C19
Mountain Man Model
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C20-C21
Sioux Indian Head bas relief
There are two of these. One is thick terra-cotta, the other is talc rock.Photograph of talc rock carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C22
Sioux Indian Head Mold
1936-1937
13 C23
The Depression Cubist-style carving
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
13 C24
Indian Head Dinner Ring
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C25
The Warbonnet bas relief
Photograph of this carving appears in Clay Art Carvings album.
1936-1937
14 C26
Thunderbird bas relief
1936-1937
14 C27
The Grafter model
1937
14 C28
Coyote on a hill top
1936-1937
15 C29
El Comancho model
1936-1937
15 C30
El Comancho model with a broken hat
1936-1937
13 C31
Indian Head bas relief on small square of clay
1936-1937
13 C32
Aztec Sacred Gopher bas relief
On verso: Temple carving Yucatan
1936
13 C33
Maya Gopher God bas relief
On verso: Original carving on temple in Yucatan
1936
13 C34
Zuni Rain God bas relief
1936
13 C35
Monkey God-- India bas relief
1936-1937
13 C36
Trick Dog bas relief
On back: Copied from a temple carving in Yucatan
1936-1937
13 C37
Rabbit bas relief
1936-1937
13 C38
Dancer- Navajo Indian bas relief
1936
13 C39
High Wolf rides on a Mission of Peace bas relief
1936
13 C40
Bas relief ofPrehistoric carving found carved on a canyon wall in Arizona
1936
13 C41
Small Cubist Indian Head model
1936-1937
13 C42
Pipe with a bas relief lizard coiled around it
1936-1937
13 C43
Cartoon head model
1936-1937
13 C44
The Politician cast copy of carving
Written on bottom: Very poor cast copy of original which was carved in Red Juniper wood (so called "cedar").
1936-1937
Box
16
Clayart Carvings Album [Photographs of clay art]
This album appears to document W.S. Phillips struggles to get his carvings copyrighted.
Box/Folder item
4/33 X47-X54
Loose Photographs of Clay Art
Notes by Phillips on X48-X52, X55 indicate copyright for these pieces transferred to the Works Progress Administration in 1938.These clay art pieces are not in the collection.
X47: Photograph of The Medicine Prayer bas relief carving (1938). X48: Photograph of Ava Atqua Vale bas relief carving (1938). X49: Photograph of The Scout bas relief carving (1938). X50: Photograph of Home bas relief carving (1938). X51: Photograph of The Placer Miner bas relief carving. X52: Photograph of Medicine Dance bas relief carving (1938). X53: Photograph of Plains Type Horse Indian bas relief carving. X54: Photograph of The Mountain Man 1830-1885 Trapper bas relief carving.
1938
box-folder:oversize
8/9 D34
Instructional drawings for clay art process
10 pages: Pencil on tracing paper sketch labeled as tentative plan for plant, probably intended as small factory for Phillips' clay carvings (undated); 5 pages of sketches and written instructions for how to make clay carvings (undated); illustrated instructions for clay refining process and equipment, titled "Sheet 1" (undated, pen and ink on tracing paper); pen and ink illustrated instructions of 19 steps in clay carving process (undated); 2 pages of numbered figures for process to make label tags (undated, pencil; One set of figures drawn on paper printed with "W.S. Phillips Inventor" with space for the names of witnesses and attorney, possibly used for patent applications).
undated

W.S. Phillips Records and Writings Related to His Photography, Carving and PaintingReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder
17/1
Index of series of photographs made in 1929
4 pages
circa 1929
17/2
Paint Record: By El Comancho
Album regarding the making of Black Hills Colors with data concerning the raw materials and process of making the colors ready to use. Also includes some documentation of Phillip's clay art and his process when applying for copyright.
1935
17/3
Letters, forms and additional papers regarding copyright process
1937-1940
Box
17
W.S. Phillip's address book
Addresses, index of the photograph series # 193-1630 (housed under the "o" tab), list of the 1926 League Lecture series (under the "k" tab)
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Carving (Decorative arts)--Specimens
  • Drawing--Specimens
  • Indians of North America--West (U.S
  • Lantern slides--Specimens
  • Outdoor recreation--West (U.S
  • Photograph albums--Specimens
  • Photographs--Specimens
  • Photography--Negatives--Specimens
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Wildlife-related recreation--West (U.S
  • Personal Names :
  • Phillips, W. S. (Walter Shelley), 1867-1940--Archives
  • Geographical Names :
  • Cascade Range--Photographs
  • Olympic Peninsula (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Washington (State)--Photographs