James B. Barton photographs, circa 1909 and undated  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Photographer
Barton, James B
Title
James B. Barton photographs
Dates
circa 1909 and undated (inclusive)
Quantity
229 negatives and transparencies
Collection Number
PH2007-038
Summary
Photographs of Mount Rainier; Snoqualmie Falls; the AYPE, a circus parade and other Seattle scenes; and a trip to Alaska.
Repository
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
98195-2900
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
speccoll@uw.edu
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.

Languages
English


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

James B. Barton was a photographer living and working in Seattle from approximately 1900 until the late 1960s. He is listed in the city directory variously as a bookeeper, collector, photographer, salesman and insurance agent. James B. Barton and his brother Arthur formed the Barton Brothers photography studio.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection of glass and film negatives and positives includes images of the natural landscape, Seattle scenes, local events and people, as well as documentation of what was probably a trip to Alaska. Photographs of the natural landscape includes several images of Mount Rainier. The appearance of negative and positive duplicates of the same image, some of which have masking paint on them, suggests that Barton intended to produce an orotone of the image. Other images depict Snoqualmie Falls and other waterfalls.

One album includes a series of photographs of a Barnum & Bailey circus parade in 1909, and images of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition, including 1908 photographs of buildings under construction and images of President Taft's visit to the Exposition in 1909.

The second album includes images of several ships in an icy landscape and photographs of Alaska natives in their everyday lives, possibly from a trip Barton took to Alaska.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

 

PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box
1,2,3
Mount Rainier
21 negatives and positives ; 5"x7"; 8"x10"; 11"x14"
The Mount Rainier negatives and positives include a number of duplicate images, some with light areas masked off, suggesting that the images were being prepared as orotones. (At least one orotone of Mount Rainier by James B. Barton is known to exist.)
undated
2, 3
Snoqualmie Falls and other falls
12 positives and negatives; ; 5"x7"; 8"x10"
undated
2, 3
Other natural landscapes
7 negatives and positives ; 5"x7"; 8"x10"
Glacier, path through trees, water, Mount Baker, gazebo on shore, stone bridge over river
undated
3
People
3 negatives
Man in baseball uniform, group portrait
undated
3
University of Washington campus
Frasch, O.T (photographer)
2 negatives
undated
Miscellaneous
Box
2
Puppies
undated
3
BattleshipOregon
undated
3
ShipPrincess May
undated
3
Capitol (?) building
undated
Container(s) Description Dates
Box
4
Album 1
97 negatives ; 4x5
Images of a Ringling Brothers Circus parade (1909), the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1908-1909), ships at anchor and other views of roads and waterfronts.
The negatives were removed from the album and placed in sleeves. Since Barton created a numbered index for the photos in this album, the numbering on the original sleeves has been retained. Negatives are numbered 1-100; however negatives for sleeves 19, 22 and 97 are missing.
1908-1909, undated
5
Album 2
83 negatives ; 5x7; 4x5
The bulk of the negatives in this album appear to be from a trip to Alaska. They include images of the beached sailing vessel Sea Wolf; other vessels at sea, inlcuding the Polar Bear, Ednaand Standard; Alaska natives outside dwellings, with canoes, and with rifles; waterfronts; wooden buildings; and non-native individuals.
The negatives were removed from the album and placed in sleeves. The original order of the negatives has been retained. However, since many negatives were missing and Barton did not create an index for this album, negatives are simply numbered in order, not by original sleeve number.
undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Photographs

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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