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Ivan King photographs and log books, 1983-2007
- King, Ivan, 1934-2017
- Ivan King photographs and log books
- 1983-2007 (inclusive)19832007
50 cubic feet (50 boxes)
approximately 55,000 photographic prints in 175 albums
approximately 55,000 negatives
10 volumes of log books
- Collection Number
- Photographs of various subjects by Seattle social activist W. Ivan King
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
The collection is open to the public.
Collection stored offsite; advance notice required for use.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
Ivan King was born Winston Ivan King in Wenatchee, Washington in 1934 and moved to Seattle in 1940. As a young adult, King became actively involved in the Pentecostal church. He attended predominantly Black churches in Seattle, and as a result developed an interest in the parallels between class and race discrimination. Identifying as a pacifist and Christian socialist, King began studying race relations at Seattle Pacific University in the mid 1950s before transferring to the University of Washington, where he earned bachelor and master's degrees in sociology. In 1957, at the height of the Cold War, King co-founded and served as Chairman of a socialist student group called The Anvil Club, which sought to sustain social movement activism on the UW campus.
King strove to improve social conditions in Seattle throughout his career, holding positions such as Associate Director of the Seattle Urban League; Director of Action Education Centers (AEC) for the Central Area Motivation Program (CAMP); Planner for the Seattle Model City Program (SMCP); Quality Control Supervisor for the Seattle Income Maintenance Experiment; and Affirmative Action Analyst in the City's Human Rights Department & Office for Women's Rights. King was also involved with the Seattle chapter of the Congress for Racial Equality (CORE).
King's social activism was complemented by his love of photography, which inspired him to start the program Camera Left, through which his photography has been used by schools and other organizations that held events that he documented. King's work has also been displayed in the King County courthouse.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
The collection consists of approximately 55,000 photographic prints, with associated negatives. Subjects include ethnic cultural events, local social activism, unions, schools, religious ceremonies, other special events, travel, scenery. Some examples of these subjects are protests (at Volunteer Park, Denny Park, Capitol Hill, University of Washington, the Federal Building, and Green Lake); groups such as the NAACP, Anti-Iraq War, SEIU and IWW; performances of singing and dancing by Chinese, Native American, African, Japanese, Vietnamese, Filipino, and European cultures; Jewish, Christian and Buddhist ceremonies and weddings; birthdays and community celebrations; vacations; flora and fauna.
The collection also includes King's log books, which describe the content of the photographs in detail, and a descriptive guide to the collection and its arrangement.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
The creator's rights have been transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Arranged as received, roughly chronologically. Mr. King provided a notebook in box 1 that contains an explanation of the collection's arrangement.
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
|1||Volumes 1, 1.5, 2, 2.5, 3
This box also contains a notebook with a description of the collection and its arrangement, written by King, along with a sample of his "Special Effects" photographs.
|2||Volumes 3.5, 4, 4.5, 5, 5.5||1985-1986|
|3||Volumes 6, 6.5, 7, 7.5, 8||1986|
|4||Volumes 8.5, 9, 9.5, 10, 10.5||1986-1987|
|5||Volumes 11, 11.5, 12, 13||1987-1988|
|29||Volumes 112-114, 114.5, 115||1990-2000, 1999-2000|
|44||Negatives: 83-2 to 87-34||1983-1987|
|45||Negatives: 87-36 to 90-44
Note: set for 87-35 was not found.
|46||Negatives: 90-45 to 92-83||1990-1992|
|47||Negatives: 92-84 to 95-4||1992-1995|
|48||Negatives: 95-5 to 98-59||1995-1998|
|49||Negatives: 98-60 to 02-44||1998-2002|
|50||Negatives: 02-45 to 07-8||2002-2007|
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Demonstrations--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Protest movements--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
- King, Ivan, 1934-2017--Archives
- King, Ivan, 1934-2017--Photographs
- Seattle (Wash.)--Photographs
- Seattle (Wash.)--Social life and customs--Photographs