Strout family collection, circa 1908-2003

Overview of the Collection

Strout family
Strout family collection
circa 1908-2003 (inclusive)
2 linear feet, (4 boxes)
Collection Number
This collection traces the activities of two generations of the Strout family, early residents of Seattle and Bainbridge Island. Materials include postcard and photograph albums, individual photographs, scrapbooks, and ephemera.
Seattle Public Library, Special Collections
1000 Fourth Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104-1109
Telephone: 206-386-4636
Access Restrictions

Collection is open and available for use.


Historical NoteReturn to Top

The patriarch of the Strout family was Edwin A. Strout (1862-1928), variably described as a Seattle businessman, church leader, insurance man, and social leader. Strout's obituary headline described him thus: "…man long prominent in varied affairs in Seattle." (Seattle Daily Times, April 23, 1928.) One of the organizers and presidents of the Rainier Club, Strout was also involved with the Seattle Golf and Country Club and the Bainbridge Island Country Club. One of his early business enterprises included Seattle's first artificial ice plant, destroyed in the Great Fire of 1889. Strout was a member of Soyps (Socks outside your pants), an organization "which somehow manages to combine outrageous hilarity and boyish tomfoolery with a cool dignity." (Seattle Daily Times, February 10, 1938.) Each year, the members of this all-male group would go to Mount Rainier for a winter sports outing lasting several days, hiking and skiing during the daytime and enjoying fireside stories and songs in the evening.

The matriarch of the family, Cora Taylor Strout (1869-1940), was equally involved in the early civic and social life of Seattle. Mrs. Strout came to Seattle in 1889 and was active in the founding of Children's Orthopedic Hospital. She was a member of the board of directors of the Seattle-King County Chapter of the Red Cross during World War I and was decorated for her relief work. She was the first president of the women's board of the Seattle Tennis Club and of the Children's Educational Foundation of Mercer Island.

Edwin and Cora had four children: Edwin, Jr., Helen, Mary, and Cora. Edwin, Jr. (1891-1945) was an accomplished athlete, attending St. Luke's School at Wayne, Pennsylvania (where his uncle, Charles H. Strout, was headmaster for 47 years) and later at Yale University. Edwin, Jr. died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound attributed to "war neurosis" following his service in the Army during both World Wars I and II.

Edwin, Jr. and his wife Amy Driscoll Strout (d. 1977) had four children: Edwin III, Mary Helen, Amy Frances, and Cora. Daughter Mary Helen [Heffernan] (1924-2003) continued to reside in the Seattle area until her death. She was active in the Catholic community, served in the Red Cross during World War II, and was herself an accomplished athlete.

Content DescriptionReturn to Top

The collection includes scrapbooks compiled by Edwin, Jr., Mary Helen, and Amy Frances, two postcard albums, including one of travels in Europe created by family matriarch Cora. In that album is pasted a little card depicting a flag, along with this note: "While in London 1914, the world war broke out – I bought this cute American flag (for protection?) and carried it about in my purse for over 5 months – in many countries." Family and travel are the topics of three photograph albums, and the collection includes ephemeral materials such as single postcards and photographs, notes, poems, and clippings.

Use of the CollectionReturn to Top

Restrictions on Use

Copyright restrictions apply.

Preferred Citation

[ITEM DESCRIPTION], Strout family collection, Seattle Public Library, Seattle, WA

Administrative InformationReturn to Top


Items are arranged into the following series: Scrapbooks, postcard albums, photograph albums, photographs, and ephemera.

Detailed Description of the CollectionReturn to Top

Scrapbooks, 1924-1926; undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
1 1
"Mary Helen Strout, May 25th, 1924"
1 2
Subject: Edwin A. Strout, Jr.
1 3
Poems, by Edwin A. Strout, Jr.
1 4
"Amy Frances Strout, June 23, 1926"

Postcard albums, 1914; undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 1
Europe; assembled by Cora T. Strout(?)
2 2
West; assembled by Cora T. Strout(?)

Photograph albums, circa 1879-1928; undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
2 3
Family and travel
circa 1926-1928
3 1
"Eddie A. Strout, Dec. 25, 1879"
circa 1879-1910
3 2
"Edwin Augustus Strout Jr., Country Club"
4 1
Strout family photographs

Photographs, undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 2
Portrait: unknown woman
4 3
Portrait: unknown woman
4 4
Portrait: unknown woman

Ephemera, 1911-2003; undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 5
The Lantern, Westover School magazine
1911 May
4 6
Mass of Christian burial, Mary Helen Heffernan
2003 July 14
4 7
Postcards, notes, clippings, envelopes, poem

Loose items found inserted into scrapbook "Mary Helen Strout, May 25th, 1924", undatedReturn to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 8
4 9

Research materials associated with this collection, 2019Return to Top

Container(s) Description Dates
Box Folder
4 10

Names and SubjectsReturn to Top

Subject Terms

  • Pioneers--Washington (State)--Seattle

Family Names

  • Strout family--Correspondence
  • Strout family--Ephemera
  • Strout family--History
  • Strout family--Photographs

Geographical Names

  • Seattle (Wash.)--History
  • Washington (State)--Family histories--Seattle