Boyd and Braas photographs, between 1889 and 1895?  PDF

Overview of the Collection

Boyd & Braas Company
Boyd and Braas photographs
between 1889 and 1895? (inclusive)
63 photographic prints (1 box)
Collection Number
Early Seattle views, especially of the waterfront and street scenes, parks, and Washington State views including Snoqualmie Falls, Mt. Rainier, and lakes
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

Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view original photographs. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

William F. Boyd was born on September 5, 1848 in Ohio. He later moved to Madison County, Iowa and in 1865 apprenticed in a photographic studio. Boyd married Sarah Laudenbeck in 1875. He opened a successful gallery in Des Moines, Iowa that he operated until 1888 when he relocated to Seattle. A year after he arrived, his gallery was destroyed in the Seattle fire of June 6, 1889. He re-opened his photographic business in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood at 2310 Front Street. In the spring of 1890 he established a partnership with George H. Braas to form the Boyd & Braas Company. The business continued successfully until the spring of 1893 when Boyd retired from the company to establish his own business.

George H. Braas was born in Germany in 1866. When he was fourteen years old he and his family moved to the United States. In 1889 he started a photography business in Seattle, joining with Boyd one year later. From 1895-1896 he partnered with Morton S. McClaire with a studio at 614 Front Street. He had twin daughters Lucille May and Elsa Agnes. He died July 28, 1914.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Images of early Seattle views, especially of the waterfront, street scenes and parks. Some Washington State views: Snoqualmie Falls, Mt. Rainier, and various lakes as well as portraits. Images have been separated by photographer, Boyd & Braas, William F. Boyd, and George H. Braas.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Boyd and BraasReturn to Top

Images created by Boyd & Braas Photographic Studio.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 BBS1 1889
1/1 BBS2
 Damaged buildings and horse drawn carriage
Written on verso: 1 San Francisco Store-Toklas and Singeman. 2 Melhorn blk. 3 Safe Deposit bldg. Soldiers guarding rear entrance. 4. Stewart and Heoluies Drug Co. Wm L. Lindsley 222 West Lee Street.
1/1 BBS3 1890
1/1 BBS4 1890
1/1 BBS5 circa 1890
1/1 BBS6 circa 1890
1/1 BBS7 circa 1890
1/1 BBS8 circa 1890
1/1 BBS9 circa 1890
1/1 BBS10 circa 1890
1/2 BBS11 circa 1890
1/2 BBS12 circa 1890
1/2 BBS13 circa 1890
1/2 BBS14 circa 1890
1/2 BBS15
 Steam ships at Yesler's Wharf with President Harrison disembarking the City of Seattle (Boyd and Braas 9)
Written on photo: President Harrison in Seattle "The Landing."The same photograph can be found in PH 34.21a in William F. Boyd Album.
May 6, 1891
1/2 BBS16 May 6, 1891
1/2 BBS17 circa 1891
1/2 BBS18 circa 1891
1/3 BBS19 circa 1891
1/3 BBS20 circa 1891
1/3 BBS21 circa 1891
1/3 BBS22 June 27, 1892
1/3 BBS23 1892
1/3 BBS24 1892
1/3 BBS25 1892
1/4 BBS26 before 1892
1/4 BBS27 before 1892
1/4 BBS28 circa 1893
1/6 BBS29 circa 1889-circa 1896
1/4 BBS30
 Large log for the Mechanic Pavilion for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, 1st Avenue Seattle (Boyd and Braas 162)
Written on photo: Timber for Mechanic Pavilion World's Fair. Length 125 ft.
1/4 BBS31
Boyd and Braas advertisement or backing of a cabinet card
Copy print
Box/Folder item
1/5 BBP1 circa 1890
1/5 BBP2 circa 1890
1/5 BBP3 circa 1890
Various Locations
Box/Folder item
1/6 BB1 circa 1889-circa 1896
1/6 BB2
 Path through forest, Washington (Boyd and Braas 79)
Written on photo: A Washington Road.
circa 1890
1/6 BB3 circa 1890
1/6 BB4 circa 1890
1/6 BB5 circa 1890
1/6 BB6
 Mountains and water (Boyd and Braas 205)
Written on photo: Moonlight on sound.
circa 1891
1/6 BB7 circa 1891
1/6 BB8
 Snoqualmie Falls (Boyd and Braas 48)
Written on photo: 268 Ft.
circa 1891
1/7 BB9 circa 1891
1/7 BB10 circa 1891
1/7 BB11
Snoqualmie Falls
Same item as BB10.
circa 1891
1/7 BB12 circa 1893

William F. BoydReturn to Top

Images created by William F. Boyd. Boyd's studio was located at the corner of Front and Columbia Street, Seattle, Washington.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/8 BYS1 before 1889
1/8 BYS2
 Ship City of Puebla moored at Seattle Waterfront
Written on mount: Before fire 1889.
before 1889
1/8 BYS3 before 1889
1/8 BYS4 before 1889
Snoqualmie Falls
Box/Folder item
1/8 BYSF1 ca. 1888
1/8 BYSF2 ca. 1888
Box item
1/9 BYP1 circa 1890
1/9 BYP2 circa 1889- circa 1904
1/9 BYP3 circa 1889- circa 1904
KVXC1 BYP4 circa 1905
1/9 BYP5 circa 1889- circa 1904
1/9 BYP6 circa 1889- circa 1904
1/9 BYP7 circa 1889- circa 1904

George H. BraasReturn to Top

Images created by George H. Braas.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1/10 BRL1
Mount Rainier, Washington
1/10 BRL2 circa 1895
1/10 BRL3 1895
1/10 BRL4
 Mountaineers in a line going downhill, Mount Rainier, Washington (Braas 220)
Copy print
Written on photo: Returning from the summit.
circa 1895
1/10 BRL5 circa 1895
Box item
1/10 BRS1
 Ship Willamette docked in Seattle loading passengers
Written on photo: Off for the Klondike, the Willamette ready to leave Seattle.
August 9, 1897
Box item
1/11 BRP1
 Princess Angeline standing with cane
Same image can be found in the PH844 Princess Angeline Photograph and Postcard Collection.
circa 1890
1/11 BRP2
 William Greenleaf Appleton, Hugh Redman, Henry L. Ford, William Gilmer and Robert Kennedy of the S.S. Patterson
Written on verso: Mr. Wm Greenlead Appleton, Mr. Hugh Redman, Mr. Henry L. Ford, Ensign Wm Kirck Gilmer and Dr. Robert Murir Kennedy- of the U.S.S. Patterson- Seattle, Washington U.S.A. - Feb. 20th 1895. Zoe Semple-from H.R.-
February 20, 1895
1/11 BRP3 1902
 University of Washington women's basketball team
Written on mount: 1st Team Girls Basket Ball. Blanch Winsor, Lillian Knight, Maude LeGate, Beatrice Sorrenson, Bess McDonnell, Ann Herbert, Stella Brintoll.
KVXC1 BRP5 1905
1/12 BRP6 circa 1900
1/12 BRP7 circa 1900
1/12 BRP8 circa 1900
1/13 BRP9 circa 1900
1/13 BRP10
 Portrait of a woman, Jeanne
Written on verso: Yours without a struggle Jeanne.
circa 1900

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

  • Subject Terms :
  • Great Fire, Seattle, Wash., 1889--Photographs
  • Hops--Harvesting--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Indians of North America--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Parks--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Streets--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Waterfronts--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Family Names :
  • Mercer family--Photographs
  • Geographical Names :
  • Seattle (Wash.)--History--Photographs
  • Snoqualmie Falls (Wash. : Waterfall)--Photographs
  • Washington (State)--History--Photographs
  • Form or Genre Terms :
  • Cityscape Photographs
  • Photographs
  • Other Creators :
    • Personal Names :
    • Braas, George H (photographer)
    • Corporate Names :
    • Boyd & Braas Company (photographer)
    • University of Washington. Libraries. Digital Initiatives Program (creator)

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

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