Oliver P. Anderson photographs, circa 1890s-1947  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Anderson, Oliver P. (Oliver Phelps)
Oliver P. Anderson photographs
circa 1890s-1947 (inclusive)
circa 1890s-early 1900s (bulk)
2 boxes, (.6 linear feet)
Collection Number
Scenic photographs, largely of Washington State, taken by Seattle photographer and photographic supplies business owner Oliver P. Anderson.
Museum of History & Industry, Sophie Frye Bass Library
Sophie Frye Bass Library
Museum of History & Industry
P.O. Box 80816
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-324-1126
Fax: 206-780-1533
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public by appointment.

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

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Oliver Phelps Anderson was an amateur photographer and owner of a photographic supplies business in Seattle in the early 1900s.

Anderson first worked as a bookkeeper in Seattle in the early 1880s, though by the end of that decade he was doing business as a draughtsman. Anderson formed his civil engineering and map publishing business, O.P. Anderson & Co., in the early 1890s, with the business changing its name to the O.P. Anderson Map & Blue Print Co. by the mid 1890s.

Beginning around 1900, Anderson began selling photographic supplies as president of Anderson Supply Co., located at 111 Cherry Street in Seattle. Around 1913, Anderson’s son Maurice P. Anderson took over as President of the company, and Anderson acted as secretary-manager, a position he continued to hold until around 1940, probably until his death. Anderson Supply Co. continued to do business, with Maurice Anderson as President, until the late 1950s.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photograph albums and loose photographs (approximately 530 photographs in total) depicting scenic views, largely in Washington State, but also including a small number of images from Alaska and Oregon. Only a few of the images are identified or dated. The majority of the Washington State images depict Mount Rainier and landscapes in Rainier National Park, with others depicting views along the Washington coast, unidentified mountain and park landscapes, and views of Seattle. A few images depict Native Americans, including a portrait of a Kwakiutl woman. The collection also contains 7 photographic Christmas cards and an Anderson Supply Co. photo envelope.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

The Museum of History & Industry is the owner of the materials in the Sophie Frye Bass Library and makes available reproductions for research, publication, and other uses. Written permission must be obtained from MOHAI before any reproduction use. The museum does not necessarily hold copyright to all of the materials in the collections. In some cases, permission for use may require seeking additional authorization from the copyright owners.

Preferred Citation

Oliver P. Anderson photographs, Museum of History & Industry, Seattle

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Photograph albums, circa 1890s-1940sReturn to Top

All photographs in the albums are presumed to have been taken by Oliver P. Anderson, though only a few are signed.

Container(s) Description Dates
1967.4283.1: Photograph album
187 photographs (5”x7” and smaller)
Photographs depict Mount Rainier and Rainier National Park, including views of mountains, snowy landscapes, park inns and the Sunrise campground; Mount Baker and Oak Harbor from Whidby Island; the Snoqualmie region of the Cascades and Snoqualmie Pass; the northern Washington coast, including images of rock formations, steamships and sailing ships; the Oregon coast, including the coastline at Otter Crest; the State Capitol building in Olympia; and unidentified coastline and mountain views. Seattle images include views of dirt roads and snow covered roads, probably in Seattle parks; views of the Olympics probably from Seattle across Elliott Bay; distant views of Seattle; and the King Street Station. A few images depicting people show individuals canoeing, women in a lodge or inn, and men hiking, and with horses.
circa early 1900s
1967.4283.2: Photograph album
140 photographs (7.5” x 9.75”)
This album includes Anderson’s portrait of a Kwakiutl woman at Fort Rupert, British Columbia (circa 1899 ) as well as another photograph of a Native American woman near a canoe. The remainder of the album consists of many views of Mount Rainier and Rainier National Park View; a photograph of Snoqualmie Falls and power plant; a photograph of the statue of William Henry Seward in Volunteer Park; and images of the Olympic range, rock formations on the Washington coast, and snow covered park roads (probably Seattle parks).
Album from Accession No. 1978.6663.
circa early 1900s
1967.4283.3: Photograph album
132 photographs
Pages were removed from the album before current processing. Photographs which were detaching from the album pages were removed from pages and foldered in page order.
Content is similar to two albums above, including prints of many of the same photographs. Also includes a photograph of Volunteer Park in Seattle (1947), images of the Lake Washington shore, and of Puget Sound near Seward Park.
circa early 1900s, 1947
1967.4283.4: Photograph album
33 photographs (5”x7” and smaller)
Pages were removed from the album before current processing.
Unidentified views, probably of Alaska, depict mountain landscapes, glaciers, bodies of water, rapids, and ice floes.
1967.4283.12: Photograph album
24 photographs (5" x 7")
Album of photographs, some marked with Anderson’s name of initials, all captioned on page. Images depict Seattle, including the waterfront, Lake Washington, 1st Avenue and Pioneer Square; Native American adults and children; Snoqualmie Falls; views in the Olympic and Cascade Mountains; Madrona Park; and St. Peter’s Chapel in Tacoma.

Loose photographs, circa 1890s-early 1900sReturn to Top

Some of these photographs appear to have been removed from albums. Most are presumed to have been taken by Anderson, though only 2 are signed by him.

Container(s) Description Dates
Washington State landscapes
13 photographs
Scenic views probably from Washington State, including images Tipsu Lake at Mount Rainier and Snoqualmie Falls
circa 1890s-early 1900s
Washington State
5 photographs
West side of Bainbridge Island; view of Mount Rainier from Yelm Prairie (signed Oliver P. Anderson, 1905); Douglas Fir in Ravenna Park (signed Oliver P. Anderson, 1902); battleships on Elliott Bay; Elliott Bay (with Anderson Photo Supply sticker on back)
circa 1890s-early 1900s
Mountain scenes
5 photographs
Probably in Washington State
circa 1890s-early 1900s
2 photographs (11”x14”)
Building on mountainside and mountain stream with people on overhead walkway. “Canada” handwritten on back on each.
circa 1890s-early 1900s
Alaska landscapes
10 photographs
Including Rainbow Falls in Ketchikan (photograph by J.E. Thwaites); Auk Lake near Mendenhall Glacier; and ice floes near Taku Glacier
circa 1890s-early 1900s

EphemeraReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Christmas cards
8 cards
Christmas cards with scenic photographs, some with printed greetings from either Gertrude and Maurice Anderson or Mr. and Mrs. Oliver Phelps Anderson. All but one (of Pavlof Volcano, Alaska) depict Washington State scenes.
Photo envelope from Anderson Supply Co.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Coasts--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Kwakiutl women--Photographs
  • Mount Rainier National Park (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Pacific Coast (Or.)--Photographs
  • Rainier, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Personal Names :
  • Anderson, Maurice P.
  • Anderson, Oliver P. (Oliver Phelps)--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Anderson Supply Co.
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Landscape photographs
  • Photograph albums
  • Photographic prints