Gayton family papers, 1920-1969  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Gayton family
Gayton family papers
1920-1969 (inclusive)
.21 cubic foot (one box)
Collection Number
0850 (Accession No. 0850-001)
Pioneer family of Seattle
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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Biographical NoteReturn to Top

The materials in this accession document three generations of the Gayton family, beginning with John Thomas Gayton, ca.1869-1954, who migrated to Seattle in 1889. The family has been prominent in Seattle's African American community since the early 1900s. John T.Gayton was appointed bailiff under Cornelius Holgate Hanford, the first United States District judge of the state of Washington. He continued in this position under succeeding U. S. District judges, while also holding a dual appointment as law librarian for the United States Circuit Court of Appeals. He also helped found the First A.M.E. Church of Seattle. Carver Gayton, Gary Gayton and Donald Phelps, third generation members of the family, have made noted contributions in athletics, law, and education.

This accession spans the period 1920 to 1968, with the majority of the items focusing on the athletic, educational and professional achievements and the social activities of family members during the years 1954-1968. The accession is divided into Gayton family papers and four subgroups: Carver Gayton, Gary Gayton, John J. Gayton and John Thomas Gayton.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Programs, publications, clippings, ephemera and a letter concerning three generations of a Seattle African American family.

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Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.

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Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Frontier and pioneer life--Washington (State)--Seattle
  • Personal Names :
  • Gayton family--Archives
  • Gayton, Carver
  • Gayton, Gary D., 1933-
  • Gayton, John J
  • Gayton, John T. (John Thomas), 1869-1954
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History--19th century

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  • Subject Terms :
  • Personal Papers/Corporate Records (University of Washington)