F. Fortin Walla Walla, Washington photograph collection, circa 1892  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Fortin, Felix
F. Fortin Walla Walla, Washington photograph collection
circa 1892 (inclusive)
15 photographic prints (1 box) ; various sizes
Collection Number
Photographs of the town scenes, buildings, events and people of Walla Walla, Washington
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 originals. Contact Special Collections for more information.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

Felix Fortin was a photographer in Walla Walla, Washington who moved there from Illinois in about 1900. The city of Walla Walla is located in the southeastern corner of Washington State. The popularity of the area grew following the discovery of gold in 1861. Not only miners, but also farmers, merchants and ranchers flocked to Walla Walla. Scenes of the town, Whitman College, and the surrounding farms were made by Fortin. He called his photography studio, "F. Fortin's Celebrated Photograph Gallery." The studio was located on the corner of East Main and Spokane Street. At the time when Felix Fortin was working, the Walla Walla Valley was a prime producer of such agricultural products as wheat, barley, corn, potatoes, asparagus, peas, soft fruit, onions and grapes.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs of scenes in Walla Walla, Washington including residences, buildings, street scenes and schools

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

View the digital version of the collection

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Marion Brown, 2008

Transferred from the Washington Localities File in the repository in 2006.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1  Baker School circa 1892
2  Court House for Walla Walla County circa 1892
3  Eureka Mills
Caption on image: Dement Brothers, Proprietors, Walla Walla, Wash
circa 1892
4  Farm residence of Jo Harbert circa 1892
5  Teams working in the fields with the farm of S. Timmons in background circa 1892
6  International Order of Odd Fellows Building circa 1892
7  Ladies Hall, Whitman College
Constructed in 1866 as the Whitman Seminary building; it became the Ladies' Hall in 1884 when an addition was added to the front.
circa 1892
8  Paine School circa 1892
9  Residence of Dr. H. R. Keylor circa 1892
10  Residence of Gilbert Hunt circa 1892
11  Residence of L. F. A. Shaw circa 1892
12  Memorial Day (Decoration Day) Parade on Main Street circa May 1892
13  4th of July Parade on Main Street July 4, 1892
14  Horse and buggies in front of grand stand with visitors on fairgrounds September 30, 1892
15  Eight men including a Chinese man posing in front of studio backdrop
Caption on verso: Bert Thomas, R. P. Winans, A. Bedell, H. Painlen, Shoo Fly, J. Cole..... Gunn
circa 1892

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Buildings--Washington (State)--Walla Walla--Photographs
  • Business enterprises--Washington (State)--Walla Walla--Photographs
  • Farms--Washington (State)--Walla Walla--Photographs
  • Portraits, Group--Washington (State)--Walla Walla
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)

Corporate Names

  • Whitman College--Buildings--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Walla Walla (Wash.)--Photographs
  • Walla Walla County (Wash.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Group portraits
  • Photographs