Bertram C. Towne photographs, circa 1884-circa 1898 PDF
- Towne, Bertram C
- Bertram C. Towne photographs
- circa 1884-circa
- 20 photographic prints, 1 album (1 box) ; 8.5 x 5.25 in.
- Collection Number
- Boudoir size photographs of Alaska, Oregon and California by early Portland photographer Bertram C. Towne
- University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- 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.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Bertram C. Towne was a photographer active in Portland, Oregon, during the period 1884-1895. From 1884-1887, B.C. Towne and Elbridge W. Moore operated the San Francisco Gallery in Portland as partners, having assumed control of the gallery after the death of W.H. Towne. At this time, the studio was also listed as "Towne & Moore." From 1888-1895, the studio operated as "B.C. Towne Photograph Company" and was located on First Street in Portland. In October, 1890, the West Shore , a popular weekly publication that promoted life in the Pacific Northwest, named Towne as a photographic contest winner in the "professional" category. Carl Mautz, in Biographies of Western Photographers (1997), states that Towne's studio "became one of the premier galleries in Portland, employing many of the best photographers in the area" and that it "published boudoir format scenes of Alaska, the Columbia River, Mount Hood, and other Northwest scenes."
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Except for one photograph of the Chilkoot Pass, this set of 20 photographs appears to have been taken by Towne during the period 1884-1887. The majority of the images are outdoor scenes, produced on "Boudoir Cards", from southeastern Alaska, Portland and Mount Hood in Oregon, and Mount Shasta in northern California. Several Alaskan images of Chilkoot Pass and the Muir Glacier (Glacier Bay) are natural scenes, while the rest are of settlements and/or people in Sitka and Howkan, including images of Tlingit Native Americans tending to everyday responsibilities, such as drying fish and selling berries. Towne is known to have taken a trip to Alaska in 1887, and many of the photos appear to have been taken during that trip. The collection also includes three portraits taken by Towne, and one boudoir card photograph album of "Portland, Or. Souvenir Photographs."
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
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Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
AlaskaReturn to Top
Caption on verso: Chilcoot Pass, ca. 1898, Gen. T.M. Anderson in Alaska, 1897-1898.
Tlingit Indians tending to canoe and fish on drying racks in front of houses, Sitka (Towne 209)
Caption on photo: Scene in Indian Town
Tlingit women selling salmonberries along planked sidewalk, Sitka (Towne 54)
Caption on verso: Salmon berries for sale.
Tlingit women sitting in Indian River Road, Sitka (Towne 11)
Caption on verso: Indian river road "Sitka."
Two Haida totem poles, Howkan, Long Island (Towne 57)
Caption on verso: Twin Totems, Howkan
Oregon / CaliforniaReturn to Top
Two men with backpacks and hiking staffs climbing Mount Hood, Oregon (Towne 193)
Caption on verso: Crater Rock, Mt. Hood.
PortraitsReturn to Top
"Cousin Charlie," Mizner family
Towne & Moore (photographer)
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Mountains--West (U.S.)--Photographs
- Tlingit Indians--Photographs
- Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
- Personal Names :
- Towne, Bertram C
- Geographical Names :
- Hood, Mount (Or.)--Photographs
- Sitka (Alaska)--Photographs
- Form or Genre Terms :
- Boudoir card photographs