Harry Hartman, Bookseller, Photograph Collection, ca. 1942-1945  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Thomas, Edward B., 1920-1984
Harry Hartman, Bookseller, Photograph Collection
ca. 1942-1945 (inclusive)
5 photographic prints
Collection Number
Photographs documenting the interior of Harry Hartman, Bookseller, Seattle, 1940s.
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
Access Restrictions

Collection is open to the public.

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

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

Harry Hartman's book store (called Harry Hartman, Bookseller) was located on University Way N.E., across the street from the current location of University Book Store. Harry Hartman was a well-known and dedicated Seattle bookseller. He was the originator of the Young Reader's Choice Award (YRCA), currently sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Library Association (PNLA). The YRCA is the oldest children's choice award in the United States and Canada, and the only the regional award that is actually chosen by children of two countries. In 1938, Hartman wrote to the PNLA, "For quite a number of years we have wished that each year some recognition would be given to a book for children which your readers endorse as being an excellent story. The reading habit is best developed through reading those books which are most entertaining and instructive from the young person's point of view." Edward B. Thomas, who was a Seattle museum administrator and educator affiliated with the Seattle Art Museum, the Cornish Institute, and Western Washington University, collected the photographs. Mr. Thomas wrote for The Lantern , the book store newsletter, from 1940-1948.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

This small collection consists of various angles of the interior of the Harry Hartman, Bookseller, in Seattle, Washington, during the 1940s. All of the photographs were taken by Webster & Stevens, Seattle.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description
Folder item
1 1 View from a mezzanine, looking down on the first floor
2 2 Looking south into a reference area
3 3 Looking slightly northeast, out of the reference section, to the entrance to the shop
4 4 Looking south, into the children's book section
5 5  Southwest view, as if entering from the front door

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Bookstores--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Corporate Names :
  • Harry Hartman, Bookseller (Firm)--Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Corporate Names :
    • Webster & Stevens (photographer)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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