E. Raymond Attebery Photograph Collection, circa 1939-1944

Overview of the Collection

Attebery, E. Raymond (Edgar Raymond), 1895-1944
E. Raymond Attebery Photograph Collection
circa 1939-1944 (inclusive)
16 photographic prints (1 folder) ; sizes vary
Collection Number
Photographs collected by WWII Army chaplain Raymond Attebery depicting chaplains, memorial service and friends
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 2065431929
Fax: 2065431931
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.

Additional Reference Guides

These materials form part of the E. Raymond Attebery Papers, which are described and indexed in the guide to the E. Raymond Attebery Papers .


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Edgar Raymond Attebery was born in Missouri on Sept. 11, 1895. After graduating from Everett High School he attended Willamette University in Salem, Oregon, until his studies were interrupted by World War I. In 1917 he joined the Oregon National Guard and served for two years, including 14 months in France. After the war, he earned his B.A. from the University of Washington in 1921, attended Oxford University on a Rhodes Scholarship, and received his bachelor of theology degree from Harvard Divinity School in 1925.

In Sept. 1925 Attebery became pastor of Grace Methodist Episcopal Church in Seattle (renamed Grace Methodist Church ca. 1939). He would serve in that post the rest of his life. In addition to his work in the ministry, Attebery was active in a number of civic causes. In 1929 he played an active role in the effort to free Industrial Workers of the World members jailed after the 1919 Armistice Day clash between workers and veterans in Centralia. He was also a vocal advocate of Prohibition and a critic of American isolationism.

Attebery joined the Washington National Guard as a chaplain in 1929. He was called to active duty in September 1940, and sent overseas the following year. He died while landing with his division on Biak Island, New Guinea, in May 1944.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Photographs largely from Attebery's time as an Army chaplain in the U.S. Army Signal Corps during WWII. Includes group portraits of Army chaplains at Fort Lewis, soldiers at a memorial service in Rockhampton. Australia, and other photos of people, probably friends and family.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

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

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

Donor, Miriam Attebery, 1980.

Processing Note

Processed by Stefanie Terasaki, 2012, processing completed, 2012.

Photographs were transferred from the E. Raymond Attebery Papers, MSS Accession No. 3176-001, in the repository in 2003.

Accessioned as PH2008-024.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


U.S. Army chaplains at Fort LewisReturn to Top

Group portraits of U.S. Army chaplains standing outside buildings at Fort Lewis, Washington.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 1
41st Infantry Division Group Portrait
116th Photo Section41st Div. A.S. Felts Field, Spokane, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: St. Col. Attebery. Division Chaplain 41st Infantry Div. with 15-16 Chaplains in New Guinea in Chaplain's corps. Attebery is second from left, front row.
circa 1940
1/1 2
41st Infantry Division standing group portrait
116th Photo Section41st Div. A.S. Felts Field, Spokane, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Attebery is third from left, front row.
circa 1940
1/1 3
Group portrait outside the Lewis Main Chapel at Fort Lewis
116th Photo Section41st Div. A.S. Felts Field, Spokane, WA (photographer)
Written on verso: Attebery is middle of row 2.
circa 1940
1/1 4
Group portrait of Chaplains outside the Lewis Main Chapel at Fort Lewis
116th Photo Section41st Div. A.S. Felts Field, Spokane, WA (photographer)
circa 1940

Memorial service in Rockhampton, Australia, circa 1943Return to Top

These photographs are stamped "Photo by the U.S. Army Signal Corps- For Official Use Only- Not to be released from Military Control." A letter was sent to the Department of the Army asking if they are still restricted. The answer dated April 21, 2004 was, "The photos you sent are no longer classified FOUO and are authorized for public use."

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 5-6 circa 1943
1/1 7-8
Men in uniform entering the church
U.S. Army Signal Corps (photographer)
circa 1943
1/1 9-10
Men in uniform lined up outside
U.S. Army Signal Corps (photographer)
circa 1943
1/1 11
View of memorial service attendees in the church
U.S. Army Signal Corps (photographer)
circa 1943

Friends and acquaintances of Raymond Attebery, circa 1939-1944Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 12
Lieutenant Cal with baby and woman
Written on verso: Lt. [ill.] Chief of Chaplains's in his division. He's thin and brown here. But in excellent spirit. Even- think he's a better chaplain than Major at least the majors thinks so. Just imagine this boy as having the redest cheeks and the bluest eyes- and you can see how cute he really is. The Texas cowgirls don't excell this lady in riding. She looks the part of a real cowhand. Eh! Her husband is in Army. Native she has roll of- spool for her camera. Cal's coat on fence and cane in his hand. That take 100 sec. Stopped to 16.Written on verso: Australian friends.
circa 1939-1944
1/1 13
Portrait of four men outside tent
Written on verso: New Guinea office= My first one here. Walker, Ray, Bernie, [ill.].
circa 1939-1944
1/1 14 1944
1/1 15 1944
1/1 16 circa 1939-1940

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Military chaplains--United States--Photographs
  • Military chaplains--Washington (State)--Fort Lewis--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • World War, 1939-1943--Chaplains--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Attebery, E. Raymond (Edgar Raymond), 1895-1944--Photographs

Corporate Names

  • United States. Army--Chaplains--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Fort Lewis (Wash.)--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Photographs