William Delbert Barkhuff Photographs, 1892-1921

Overview of the Collection

Barkhuff, William Delbert
William Delbert Barkhuff Photographs
1892-1921 (inclusive)
1 container., (.5 linear feet of shelf space.), (270 items.)
Collection Number
PC 7
Materials consist of photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations, and a poster of Colfax, dating from 1892-1921. Original prints taken between 1892-1898 record campus life at Washington State University including scenes of students, the administration and mechanical buildings, the Science Building, the "Crib", the Ferry Hall file of 1897, military cadets, class portraits, class picnics, athletic activities, and the hanging of General Wyler's effigy during the Spanish War. There are also scenes from the Barkhuff homestead near Colton and views of Pullman and Colfax. The bulk of the material concerns the late 1800's.
Washington State University Libraries' Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections (MASC)
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections
Terrell Library Suite 12
Pullman, WA
Telephone: 509-335-6691
Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research use.

Funding for encoding this finding aid was provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Biographical NoteReturn to Top

W. D. Barkhuff enrolled at Washington State University on the opening day in 1892 and was the first editor of the college paper, then called the College Record. He would normally have graduated with the first class, but he stayed out of school one year to earn money, and subsequently graduated with the Class of 1898. Mr. Barkhuff was born at Fayette, Iowa, June 10, 1873, and came west with his parents in 1875. They located at what was then Leitchville (since abandoned) seven miles west of Colton, Washington. After he graduated, he was an engineer with the Northern Pacific Railroad in establishing what was known as the Auburn Cut-off that made Seattle rather than Tacoma its terminus. Later he was City Engineer for Everett; construction engineer with the Union Pacific and the Spokane International for which he was in charge of constructing some 30 miles of railroad out Dawson City, Alaska; district engineer in Seattle; Superintendent of Streets and Sewers for Seattle; and finally (about 1921) City Engineer for Seattle under three different mayors. In 1930 he was killed in an automobile accident while on his way to Camano Island.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

Materials consist of photographs, newspaper clippings, invitations and a poster of Colfax dating from 1892-1921. The bulk of the material concerns the late 1800's.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Alternative Forms Available

See William Delbert Barkhuff Digital Collection: http://content.libraries.wsu.edu/cdm/landingpage/collection/barkhuff

Preferred Citation

[Item Description]. PC 7, William Delbert Barkhuff Photographs. Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Acquisition Information

The W. D. Barkhuff collection in the Washington State University Library is the result of two accessions: in December 1957 George P. Barkhuff donated some original prints and some papers, and in 1977 Bruce Barkhuff loaned the University the original glass negatives for copying.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

The following section contains a detailed listing of the materials in the collection.

Series 1: PhotographsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Original prints showing the Washington State University campus, students, the administration and mechanical buildings, military cadets, the Pullman Hotel and public school, the campground, and the hang in of General Wyler's effigy during the Spanish War.
22 items.
Subseries 1b: Recent prints made from original glass negatives (some of which are duplicates of prints in 1A) of three sizes: 4x5, 5x8 8x10.
230 items.
Student scenes: informal dormitory room shots, military cadet activities, class portraits and class picnics; also athletic activities: track, football, baseball, and gymnastics.
66 items.
Ranch scenes: the Barkhuff homestead near Colton and various ranches on the Snake River near Wawawai. Included are a few threshing scenes, the fruit harvest and orchard views.
66 items.
Portraits of individuals or small groups (most unidentified).
37 items.
Campus views: exteriors of the Administration Building, the Science Building, the "Crib," the Smokestack and the Ferry Hall fire in 1897. Also interior views of the foundry and the Mechanical Building.
20 items.
Views of Pullman, including individual residences.
15 items.
Views of Colfax, including the college and millrace.
5 items.
Public schools, town and rural.
7 items.
Miscellaneous and unidentified. Including buildings (such as a Baptist Church), bridges, an Anatone camp ground, a view of Davenport, Washington.
25 items.

Series 2: Newspaper ClippingsReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Commonplace Book
150 items.
Contains clippings describing life in the Pullman area and also student life at WSC, including the 1892 clash between the President and Regents. Other articles concern social life, farm and stock affairs, and other incidents of the area.
Subseries 2b: Loose clippings similar to those mounted in the common-place book
20 items.

Series 3: Donor Correspondence, 1957-1977Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 14

6 items.

Series 4: Preliminary Register, 1957Return to Top

Container(s): Folder 15

1 item.

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Personal Names

  • Barkhuff, William Delbert --Archives (creator)

Corporate Names

  • Digital Collections. waps (creator)
  • Historical Photograph Collections. waps (creator)
  • Washington State University--History
  • State College of Washington--History

Form or Genre Terms

  • Clippings--Washington (State)--1892-1921. gmgpc waps
  • Group portraits -- Washington (State)--1892-1921. gmgpc waps
  • Portrait photographs -- Washington (State)--1892-1921. gmgpc waps
  • Posters--Washington (State)--Colfax (Wash.)--1892-1921. gmgpc waps