- Boyd & Braas Company
- Boyd and Braas photographs
- approximately 1889-1895 (inclusive)18891895
- 63 photographic prints (1 box)
- Collection Number
- Early Seattle views, especially of the waterfront and street scenes, parks, and Washington State views including Snoqualmie Falls, Mt. Rainier, and lakes
University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
- Access Restrictions
Entire collection can be viewed on the Libraries' Digital Collections website. Permission of Visual Materials Curator required to view original photographs. Contact Special Collections for more information.
Biographical NoteReturn to Top
William F. Boyd was born on September 5, 1848 in Ohio. He later moved to Madison County, Iowa and in 1865 apprenticed in a photographic studio. Boyd married Sarah Laudenbeck in 1874. He opened a successful gallery in Des Moines, Iowa that he operated until 1888 when he relocated to Seattle. A year after he arrived, his gallery was destroyed in the Seattle fire of June 6, 1889. He re-opened his photographic business in Seattle's Belltown neighborhood at 2310 Front Street. In the spring of 1890 he established a partnership with George H. Braas to form the Boyd & Braas Company. The business continued successfully until the spring of 1893 when Boyd retired from the company to establish his own business.
George H. Braas was born in Germany in 1866. When he was fourteen years old he and his family moved to the United States. In 1889 he started a photography business in Seattle, joining with Boyd one year later. From 1895-1896 he partnered with Morton S. McClaire with a studio at 614 Front Street. He had twin daughters Lucille May and Elsa Agnes. He died July 28, 1914.
Content DescriptionReturn to Top
Images of early Seattle views, especially of the waterfront, street scenes and parks. Some Washington State views: Snoqualmie Falls, Mt. Rainier, and various lakes as well as portraits. Images have been separated by photographer, Boyd & Braas, William F. Boyd, and George H. Braas.
Use of the CollectionReturn to Top
Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.
Administrative InformationReturn to Top
Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top
Boyd and Braas Return to Top
Images created by Boyd & Braas Photographic Studio.
Damaged buildings and horse drawn carriage
Written on verso: 1 San Francisco Store-Toklas and Singeman. 2 Melhorn blk. 3 Safe Deposit bldg. Soldiers guarding rear entrance. 4. Stewart and Heoluies Drug Co. Wm L. Lindsley 222 West Lee Street.
Steam ships at Yesler's Wharf with President Harrison disembarking the City of Seattle (Boyd and Braas 9)
Written on photo: President Harrison in Seattle "The Landing."The same photograph can be found in PH 34.21a in William F. Boyd Album.
|May 6, 1891|
|1/2||BBS16||May 6, 1891|
|1/3||BBS22||June 27, 1892|
|1/6||BBS29||between 1889 and 1896?|
Large log for the Mechanic Pavilion for the Alaska Yukon Pacific Exposition, 1st Avenue Seattle (Boyd and Braas 162)
Written on photo: Timber for Mechanic Pavilion World's Fair. Length 125 ft.
Boyd and Braas advertisement or backing of a cabinet card
Panorama of Seattle waterfront
Caption on mounting: Seattle "The Queeen City".Hand-colored composite print.
|1/6||BB1||between 1889 and 1896?|
Path through forest, Washington (Boyd and Braas 79)
Written on photo: A Washington Road.
Mountains and water (Boyd and Braas 205)
Written on photo: Moonlight on sound.
Snoqualmie Falls (Boyd and Braas 48)
Written on photo: 268 Ft.
Same item as BB10.
William F. Boyd Return to Top
Images created by William F. Boyd. Boyd's studio was located at the corner of Front and Columbia Street, Seattle, Washington.
Ship City of Puebla moored at Seattle Waterfront
Written on mount: Before fire 1889.
|1/9||BYP2||between 1889 and 1904?|
|1/9||BYP3||between 1889 and 1904?|
|1/9||BYP5||between 1889 and 1904?|
|1/9||BYP6||between 1889 and 1904?|
|1/9||BYP7||between 1889 and 1904?|
George H. Braas Return to Top
Images created by George H. Braas.
Mount Rainier, Washington
Mountaineers in a line going downhill, Mount Rainier, Washington (Braas 220)
Written on photo: Returning from the summit.
Mountaineers sitting and standing on rocks in Nisqually riverbed, Mount Rainier, Washington (Braas 233)
Written on photo: Crossing the Nesqually River
Ship Willamette docked in Seattle loading passengers
Written on photo: Off for the Klondike, the Willamette ready to leave Seattle.
|August 9, 1897|
Princess Angeline standing with cane
Same image can be found in the PH844 Princess Angeline Photograph and Postcard Collection.
William Greenleaf Appleton, Hugh Redman, Henry L. Ford, William Gilmer and Robert Kennedy of the S.S. Patterson
Written on verso: Mr. Wm Greenlead Appleton, Mr. Hugh Redman, Mr. Henry L. Ford, Ensign Wm Kirck Gilmer and Dr. Robert Murir Kennedy- of the U.S.S. Patterson- Seattle, Washington U.S.A. - Feb. 20th 1895. Zoe Semple-from H.R.-
|February 20, 1895|
Donald A. McDonald, William J. Laube, Howard A. Hausm of the Stanford Debate Team
Written on verso: Held in Stanford Chapel.
University of Washington women's basketball team
Written on mount: 1st Team Girls Basket Ball. Blanch Winsor, Lillian Knight, Maude LeGate, Beatrice Sorrenson, Bess McDonnell, Ann Herbert, Stella Brintoll.
Portrait of a woman, Jeanne
Written on verso: Yours without a struggle Jeanne.
Names and SubjectsReturn to Top
- Subject Terms :
- Great Fire, Seattle, Wash., 1889--Photographs
- Hops--Harvesting--Washington (State)--Photographs
- Indians of North America--Washington (State)--Photographs
- Parks--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Streets--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington)
- Waterfronts--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs
- Family Names :
- Mercer family--Photographs
- Geographical Names :
- Seattle (Wash.)--History--Photographs
- Snoqualmie Falls (Wash. : Waterfall)--Photographs
- Washington (State)--History--Photographs
- Other Creators :
- Personal Names :
- Boyd, William F., 1848-1918 (photographer)
- Braas, George H (photographer)
- Corporate Names :
- Boyd & Braas Company (photographer)