Elite Photo Studio Collection, circa 1892-1900  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Elite Photo Studio (Nanaimo, B.C.)
Elite Photo Studio Collection
circa 1892-1900 (inclusive)
.24 cubic feet (1 box and 1 folder)
10 photographic prints ; 5x7 inches
Collection Number
Photographs of Native Americans, circa 1892-1900
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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Historical NoteReturn to Top

The Elite Photo Studio in Nanaimo, British Columbia, established in January of 1893, was operated by Larss and Pierce (Per Edward Larss and Wesley Cunningham Pierce). They sold a combination of landscape views, portraits and photographs of various subjects, including Northwest coast Indians. Among these were portraits of Angeline, the elderly daughter of Chief Seattle. The partnership broke up when Larss decided to leave Canada in 1896 and move to Colorado. When Larss left Nanaimo, Pierce went into business with E.C. Adams of Vancouver and opened a studio in Seattle.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection consists of photographs of Native Americans mainly from the Northwest. It also includes a photograph of small totem poles in a studio. All the photographs are on mounts printed with "The Elite Studio, Nanaimo, B.C." The photographs may possibly have been collected by E.C. Shaw.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Indians of North America--Northwest Coast of North America--Photographs
  • Photographers--British Columbia--Nanaimo
  • Totem poles--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographic prints
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Angeline, Suquamish Indian,  -1896--Photographs (photographer)

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