Photograph Album: Washington State -- Tacoma, Olympia and Mt. Rainier, circa 1900

Overview of the Collection

Photograph Album: Washington State -- Tacoma, Olympia and Mt. Rainier
circa 1900 (inclusive)
.25 linear feet of shelf space , (1 box)  :  Oblong Folio. Twenty grey card stock leaves. Over 180 mounted gelatin silver prints, the majority are snapshots ca. 8x8 cm (3 ¼ x 3 ¼ in) or ca. 5,5x10,5 cm (2 ¼ x 4 in), also with six large studio photos ca. 14,5x19,5 cm (5 ½ x 7 ¾ in) or slightly smaller. No captions. Original black full cloth “Morehouse photo album” (paper label on the inner side of the back cover), fastened with a string. Covers mildly rubbed on extremities, a few images with mild silvering or mildly faded, but overall a very good album of interesting photos. (from seller's description).  ;  ca. 25.5x34 cm.
Collection Number
PC 166 (collection)
Album with over 180 original gelatin silver photographs of Washington State, showing Tacoma, boating in Commencement Bay, Olympia, Spanaway, Eatonville, and hiking and camping on the slopes of Mount Rainier at the beginning of the 20th century.
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 and available for research use.


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Lively private album of photos taken by the residents of the Washington state; interesting images include panoramas of Mount Rainier, views of Tacoma train station (with railway cars and two ladies standing next the Northern Pacific Express), steamers in the Commencement Bay, Spanaway Hotel, Thomas van Eaton’s “General Merchandise” store and Hotel Groe (built in 1892) in Eatonville, Old Capitol Building in Olympia (built in 1890-92), Soldiers’ Monument in Tumwater’s Masonic Memorial Park (Olympia, opened in 1902 to honour the Washington State soldiers who fought in the Spanish-American/Philippine-American War), a street parade showing horse driven carts, and circus elephants. There are also numerous images of the family and friends on their properties, during picnics and leisure camping trips, while boating in Commencement Bay, scenes of a public gathering; a series of photos show a trip to Mount Rainier with camping tents on the mountain slopes, glaciers and waterfalls, the hikers in the fields densely covered with lilies, and on the snowy slopes. Overall a very interesting private album illustrating life in Washington State at the beginning of the 20th century. (from seller's description).

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Preferred Citation

[Item description] Photograph Album: Washington State -- Tacoma, Olympia and Mt. Rainier

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries, Pullman, WA.

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Acquisition Information

Purchased by WSU MASC in 2017.

Processing Note

This collection was processed by Greg Matthews.

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