Boyd and Braas photographs, approximately 1889-1895  PDF  XML

Overview of the Collection

Boyd & Braas Company
Boyd and Braas photographs
approximately 1889-1895 (inclusive)
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
Special Collections
University of Washington Libraries
Box 352900
Seattle, WA
Telephone: 206-543-1929
Fax: 206-543-1931
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.

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Administrative InformationReturn to Top

Processing Note

Processing completed 2017.

15 photographs of the Seattle Fire of 1889 and its aftermath were relocated to PHColl 684, Seattle Fire Photographs, in the repository (Boyd and Braas numbers 2, 11, 14, 64, 89, 90, 91, U-1, U-2, U-4, U-5, U-6, U-8, U-9, U-10 ).

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top


Boyd and Braas Return to Top

Images created by Boyd & Braas Photographic Studio.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/1 BBS1 1889
1/1 BBS2
 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.
1/1 BBS3 1890
1/1 BBS4 1890
1/1 BBS5 1890?
1/1 BBS6 1890?
1/1 BBS7 1890?
1/1 BBS8 1890?
1/1 BBS9 1890?
1/1 BBS10 1890?
1/2 BBS11 1890?
1/2 BBS12 1890?
1/2 BBS13 1890?
1/2 BBS14 1890?
1/2 BBS15
 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
1/2 BBS17 1891?
1/2 BBS18 1891?
1/3 BBS19 1891?
1/3 BBS20 1891?
1/3 BBS21 1891?
1/3 BBS22 June 27, 1892
1/3 BBS23 1892
1/3 BBS24 1892
1/3 BBS25 1892
1/4 BBS26 before 1892
1/4 BBS27 before 1892
1/4 BBS28 1893?
1/6 BBS29 between 1889 and 1896?
1/4 BBS30
 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.
1/4 BBS31
Boyd and Braas advertisement or backing of a cabinet card
Copy print
 Panorama of Seattle waterfront
Caption on mounting: Seattle "The Queeen City".Hand-colored composite print.
Box/Folder item
1/5 BBP1 1890?
1/5 BBP2 1890?
1/5 BBP3 1890?
Various Locations
Box/Folder item
1/6 BB1 between 1889 and 1896?
1/6 BB2
 Path through forest, Washington (Boyd and Braas 79)
Written on photo: A Washington Road.
1/6 BB3 1890?
1/6 BB4 1890?
1/6 BB5 1890?
1/6 BB6
 Mountains and water (Boyd and Braas 205)
Written on photo: Moonlight on sound.
1/6 BB7 1891?
1/6 BB8
 Snoqualmie Falls (Boyd and Braas 48)
Written on photo: 268 Ft.
1/7 BB9 1891?
1/7 BB10 1891?
1/7 BB11
Snoqualmie Falls
Same item as BB10.
1/7 BB12 1893?

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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box/Folder item
1/8 BYS1 before 1889
1/8 BYS2
 Ship City of Puebla moored at Seattle Waterfront
Written on mount: Before fire 1889.
before 1889
1/8 BYS3 before 1889
1/8 BYS4 before 1889
Snoqualmie Falls
Box/Folder item
1/8 BYSF1 1888?
1/8 BYSF2 1888?
Box item
1/9 BYP1 1890?
1/9 BYP2 between 1889 and 1904?
1/9 BYP3 between 1889 and 1904?
KVXC1 BYP4 1905?
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.

Container(s) Description Dates
Box item
1/10 BRL1
Mount Rainier, Washington
1/10 BRL2 1895?
1/10 BRL3 1895
1/10 BRL4
 Mountaineers in a line going downhill, Mount Rainier, Washington (Braas 220)
Copy print
Written on photo: Returning from the summit.
1/10 BRL5 1895?
Box item
1/10 BRS1
 Ship Willamette docked in Seattle loading passengers
Written on photo: Off for the Klondike, the Willamette ready to leave Seattle.
August 9, 1897
Box item
1/11 BRP1
 Princess Angeline standing with cane
Same image can be found in the PH844 Princess Angeline Photograph and Postcard Collection.
1/11 BRP2
 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
1/11 BRP3 1902
 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.
KVXC1 BRP5 1905
1/12 BRP6 1900?
1/12 BRP7 1900?
1/12 BRP8 1900?
1/13 BRP9 1900?
1/13 BRP10
 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)