Ferdinand Brady photographic postcards of Tulalip Indian School, Washington State, circa 1910  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Brady, Ferdinand
Ferdinand Brady photographic postcards of Tulalip Indian School, Washington State
circa 1910 (inclusive)
25 photographic prints (postcards) (1 box) ; 3 3/8 x 5 3/8 inches
Collection Number
Photographic postcards of the Tulalip Indian School, students, and grounds taken by Ferdinand Brady, a Washington photographer.
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

The 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.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ferdinand (Ferd) Brady was a Washington photographer who began his career with a studio in Marysville, 1907-1910. He later relocated to Everett and finally Anacortes in the 1920s, where he operated a studio until his retirement in 1952. During the 1910s Brady photographed the Tulalip Indian Reservation near Marysville, Washington, for the U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs. He also marketed the images as commercial postcards. Brady died in 1967.

Historical BackgroundReturn to Top

During the late 19th and early 20th centuries, the U.S. government organized a system of Indian education intended to assimilate Indian people into mainstream American society. Native American children were required to reside at boarding or day schools, where they wore western clothing and were forbidden from speaking their native languages. Vocational training, art and music education, and sports were emphasized in the schools, and the buildings and grounds were often maintained by the students.

The Tulalip Indian School was located near Marysville, Washington, on Tulalip Bay. It opened January 23, 1905, with an enrollment of 200 students. School buildings included a clubhouse, offices, separate boys' and girls' dormitories, a hospital, a shop, a laundry facility, and a sawmill. Some of the recreational activities at Tulalip Indian School were canoeing, horseback riding, a marching band, organized sports, and Fourth of July celebrations.

The sawmill at the school served the entire Tulalip community; the sawyer was Snohomish tribe member William Shelton. Lumber was brought from log booms across Tulalip Bay. When the nearby creek was dammed to generate electricity, a powerhouse replaced the mill.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains Ferdinand Brady's scenes of Tulalip Indian School near Marysville, Washington. Included are images of school buildings, living quarters, and the students and staff, as well as scenes of Tulalip Bay and recreational activities.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

Selections from this collection have also been issued electronically via the World Wide Web by the UW Libraries' Digital Initiatives Program in two digital image collections: American Indians of the Pacific Northwest and Social Issues Photographs .

Restrictions on Use

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

Preferred Citation

The required credit line for use of images from Special Collections is: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, [plus the negative number].

The negative number is provided with the image and is a letter + number combination such as UW13452; Hegg 1234; or NA1275. A typical credit line would be, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW13452.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Gift from Mrs. Brady; bequest from Edmond S. Meany.

Processing Note

Processed by Erin Langner, December 2005, and Megan Peacock, April 2006.

Related Materials

Ferdinand Brady Photographic Postcards , Museum of History and Industry, Seattle.

Ferd Brady Photographs , Center for Pacific Northwest Studies at Western Washington University.

The Anacortes History Museum has a large number of Ferdinand Brady images among its collection of materials donated by Wallie Funk.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Tulalip Indian School - buildings, circa 1910Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
1 1
School building
circa 1910
1 2 circa 1910
1 3 circa 1910
1 4 circa 1910
1 5 circa 1910
1 6 circa 1910
1 7
 Tulalip Indian School office building
On item: "Tulalip's oldest building."
circa 1910
1 8
circa 1910
1 9-10 circa 1910

Tulalip Indian School - students, staff, and faculty, circa 1910Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
2 11 circa 1910
2 12 circa 1910
2 13-14 circa 1910
2 15
 Nine boys on one horse with three attendants
On item: "Ten to one at Tulalip."
circa 1910
2 16 circa 1910
2 17 circa 1910
2 18 circa 1910
2 19 circa 1910

Tulalip Indian School - pier and water activities, circa 1910Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Folder item
3 20
View of school and pier
circa 1910
3 21
View of grassy shore, pier, and Tulalip Bay
circa 1910
3 22
 'S'-shaped line of canoes on Tulalip Bay
On item: "Indian canoe parade."
circa 1910
3 23
 Six canoes with pairs of rowers on Tulalip Bay
On item: "Little canoe race, Tulalip Indian boys."
circa 1910
3 24
View of Tulalip Bay
On item: "Moonlight on the bay."
circa 1910
3 25
Tulalip Head as seen from Tulalip Bay
circa 1910

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Indians of North America--Education--Washington (State)--Tulalip--Photographs
  • Off-reservation boarding schools--Washington (State)--Tulalip--Photographs
  • School children--Washington (State)--Tulalip--Photographs
  • Students--Washington (State)--Tulalip--Photographs
  • Tulalip Indians--Education--Washington (State)--Tulalip--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Tulalip Indian School (Wash.)--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Tulalip (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Tulalip Indian Reservation (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • Tulalip Indian Reservation (Wash.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographic postcards
  • Portrait photographs