Ken Slusher photograph and videotape collection, approximately 1976-2008

Overview of the Collection

Slusher, Ken
Ken Slusher photograph and videotape collection
approximately 1976-2008 (inclusive)
Photographs (18 boxes) and films (4 boxes) of videotapes
Collection Number
Photographs and films (videotapes) of Seattle and Tacoma events and people by a Seattle photographer
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
Access Restrictions

The collection is open to the public.


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Ken Slusher (1947-2014) studied photography while he was a journalism major at Western Washington University in 1972. He worked as a writer and photographer for the Tacoma Community College Pubic Relations Department and as a photojournalist for the Tacoma Review and the Tacoma News Tribune (1971-1972). He taught photography at City Art Works and Factory of Visual Arts (1979-1981) and worked in photography labs in the area. He has documented the Seattle and Tacoma areas using photography and video. He also ran a gallery "Open Mondays" from 1978-1984. He was also an active proponent of legalizing marijuana and documented the Hempfest.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs and films of Seattle and Tacoma events and people including construction of the West Seattle Bridge, Blanchard Plaze, the Columbia Center and the redevelopment of the Foss Waterway in Tacoma. He documented festivals and events such as Hempfest, Peace movement rallies, Fremont parades and other activities. He documented Northwest artists such as Anja Kaiser, Richard Beyer, the Skagit 12 and others. His website is

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Creator's copyrights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries. Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Ken Slusher, 5/18/2013 and 12/4/2014.

Processing Note

Photos transferred from Amalgamated Transit Union, Local 587 Photographs (PH Coll 1095) June 2018.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Films
Itemized list of films: Peace #1-4, 6-28; Hempfest #1-4; Gary Long Seike; Seike/Haegawa; Seike-Fulford; Seike-Lamphear; Seike, Ben; Seike-C; Seike 2006a; Sike Reopening; Seike 8; Seike- Brooks; Seike Garden; Craig Butler Seike; Greg Butler; Craig Ward; March 20 2004 B; Haas Signs - Fremont Meet; Meeting Fremont; Fair; Barn Dance - The Fair; Bluilding Floats- Park Sign- Kerry Phoning- Peter Toms, etc.; Fremont 2002 (2 tapes); Arleta Sanders 005; Sing for Peace A and B (2 tapes); Sam Scharff
2 Films
Itemized list of films: Karen Parker; Karen Parker 1 and 2 (2 tapes); Rally; Rally, WLM Park, Jim Page; Rally and March; Arlington NW/ Rally; Media and the war; David Suzuki; Dave Suzuki; Imam Wahhat; Kelly- Kucinich; 19 March 05 Seattle Center; J. Lang B; Davis; Fox 1 Yiddish Erotica; Fox- 2nd Performance; Others' Stuff; March 20 – 2004; Clipper Flying Cloud; Rob and Jen's Wedding; March 03; Scott Ritter; Malik Rahim; Helen Caldicott; Greg Palast; McDermott 1-11-04; Thunder/Greenlake; Rolling thunder; November 2004; Muslim Conference Ali's Demo; Patricia Boiko; 2 unlabeled tapes
3 Films
Itemized list of films: Vets Reflect A and B (2 tapes); Farms and Gardens; Mike Kearny; Helen Forsyth 002; Jim Stichka; Kathryn Armstrong; Emily Horswill A and B (2 tapes); Diane Summerhays; Friday- Fun Run, Sat AM Drive by Parade; John Harter I and II (2 tapes); Ed Keener 003; Minne, part 1 of 2; Unlabeled tape, no cassette case; War and the rise of Christian Fascism and Talking Election 2000 (VHS); One Day, the President Came to Town (VHS)
4 Films
Itemized list of films: Sept 24, '05 Rally and March; Arlington NW, ED Asner 20 March 04; Rally SCCC; End of Seattle, C+R Rally – Parade; Sheila Fox Interview; Sheila Fox (accordion); July - Pot Pride, Give Peace a Chance, etc.; Joe Hill Pts 1 and 2 (2 tapes); Chris Finan; Denis Halliday; Feb 15 #2; Tribunal Jan 20, 2007; Tribunal, Wright 3; Beginnings; VPA Farms and Gardens; Farms and Gardens; Doin' the Fremont; Tom Neilson; War and the Rise of Christian Fascism; Wedding; Senn- Fox; Soapbox; Dr Lang -A; Wedding; Patricia Boiko; Effects; Citizens Hearing; Fe-Mar 2004; Van Meer; Lois Helen, Minne (conclusion); CCC # 1-3 (Seattle Hempfest, 3 tapes); Wobbies; Smason; Smason and Chicago; Son et Lumiere; Evans- Engfer; Engfer; Bluegrass; Volunteer Park Archaeologies: Stories from the Garden; Keith 006; 2 unlabeled tapes
5 Creative Products, Inc catalogs, clippings, portraits, art photographs, eastern Washington, horse races, Seattle 1971-1972
6 Prints and negatives including nature, portraits, horse races, graduation photographs, Union Station Tacoma, Kentucky construction, bands, Blanchard Plaza construction, small towns 1976-1981
7 Prints and negatives including West Seattle bridge construction, Oregon Dunes, Stump Beach, Redwoods, Olympic Rain Forest, Columbia Center construction, King County Jail, nature photographs 1982-2007
8 Prints and negatives including Columbia Center, West Seattle bridge, Columbia Gorge, North Cascades, I-90/I-5 interchange 1983-1985
9 Prints and negatives including Traveler's Timecapsule proposal, Open Monday flyers 1979-1983
10 Prints and negatives including Tacoma Community College, City Artworks class schedules, Sapporo Snow Festival, Seattle, portraits 1965-1981
11 Prints and negatives including remodeling vintage Metro bus, city skyline, portraits, Oregon Coast, Redwoods, sand dunes, family 1958-1982
12 Prints and negatives including portraits, horse races, Christmas party, Kentucky, Ken Slusher's birthday, power plants, dams, railroads, Amtrak, Mom's wedding 1972-2004
13 Prints and negatives including I-5/I-90 interchange, Century Square construction, Olympic block, Snoqualmie Summit, Washington State Convention Center 1985-1986
14 Prints including First and Stewart building construction, Washington State Convention Center, Century Square, Washington Mutual Tower, Two Union Square building 1986-1989
15 Prints including nature, art galleries, I-5/I-90 interchange, First & Stewart building, Ace Galvanizing, Metro Tunnel construction, Virginia Mason building, Washington Mutual Tower, Seattle Art Museum, Pacific First Center 1986-2008
16 Prints including construction of Ken Slusher in Metro Bus Tunnel, Crown Center Plaza, Seattle Municipal Tower, Metro Tunnel, ship Delta launch, Kentucky and Tennessee, music group portraits, magician portraits, family portraits, Foss Waterway development, Museum of Glass construction. 1988-2008
17 Negatives including portraits, Fat Tuesday, weddings, Oregon 1974-1980
18 Negatives A-D
19 Negatives G-H
20 Negatives E-F
21-22 Matted prints

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Subject Terms

  • Horse racing--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
  • Moving Image Collections (University of Washington)
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Union Station (Tacoma, Wash.)--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Columbia River Gorge (Or. and Wash.)--Photographs
  • Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs
  • West Seattle Bridge (Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs

Other Creators

  • Personal Names
    • Suzuki, David T., 1936- (photographer)