Nettie J. Asberry Photograph Collection, ca. 1917-1941

Overview of the Collection

Asberry, Nettie J., 1865-1968
Nettie J. Asberry Photograph Collection
ca. 1917-1941 (inclusive)
4 photographic prints
1 photomechanical print : halftone
Collection Number
Portraits collected by Nettie J. Asberry of herself and prominent African Americans of the early 20th century
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 Nettie J. Asberry Papers, 1912-1967 (Acc. No. 1081-2), which are described and indexed in A Guide to the Nettie J. Asberry Papers .


Biographical NoteReturn to Top

Nettie J. Asberry (born Nettie J. Craig) was born on July 15, 1865, in Leavenworth, Kansas. After completing a Ph.D. in music from the University of Kansas, she settled in Tacoma in 1893. Nettie J. Asberry was an important figure in early 20th century civil rights efforts in Washington State. She was a founder of the Tacoma branch of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People as well as the Clover Leaf Art Club, one of the first African American Women's clubs in the state. Other notable memberships include the Washington State Federation of Colored Women's Organizations, the Progressive Mothers' Club, and the Tacoma Inter-Racial Council. Nettie J. Asberry died in 1968.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection contains two photographs of Nettie J. Asberry, as well as portraits of nationally prominent African Americans Madame C.J. Walker, Harry T. Burleigh, and William Pickens.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processed by Diane Constantine, 2004.

These photographs were relocated from the Nettie J. Asberry Papers, 1912-1967 (Acc. No. 1081-2), in the repository in 2004.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Container(s) Description Dates
1 Nettie J. Asberry undated
2 Nettie J. Asberry, back turned, in Battenburg opera coat
Rhodes Bros, Tacoma, Wash. (photographer)
Written on photo: Nettie J. Asberry in her Battenburg opera coat. Made by her sister Martha Townsend. Won medal at Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Expo. at Seattle 1909.
3 Madame C.J. Walker
Autographed on photo.
4 Harry T. Burleigh
Autographed on photo.
5 William Pickens undated

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • African American civic leaders--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • African American women--Washington (State)--Photographs
  • Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
  • Women civic leaders--Washington (State)--Tacoma--Photographs

Personal Names

  • Asberry, Nettie J., 1865-1968--Photographs
  • Burleigh, H. T. (Harry Thacker), 1866-1949--Photographs
  • Pickens, William, 1881-1954--Photographs
  • Walker, C. J., Madam, 1867-1919--Photographs

Form or Genre Terms

  • Halftone photomechanical prints
  • Photographic prints