Scope and Content
Guide to the George H. Braas
Mountaineers Society Photographs
|VM Collection No.:
Braas, George H.
||George H. Braas
Mountaineers Society photographs|
||33 photographic prints (1 box)|
materials are in
|Climbers descending slope with view of Mt. Rainier in background.
Photo: George H. Braas. Special Collections, UW Libraries, UW23823z|
|Funding for encoding this finding
aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the National Endowment
for the Humanities.|
George H. Braas operated a photography studio in several downtown
Seattle locations from 1890-1916. Until 1893, he partnered with William F.
Boyd, and from 1895-1896 he partnered with Morton S. McClaire.
The Mountaineers Society was founded in 1906, based on the shared
vision of Seattle businessman W. Montelius Price and renowned Seattle
photographer Asahel Curtis. Early members included Bertha Landes (later to
become mayor of Seattle), various members of the Curtis family, and Edmond S.
Meany, history professor at the University of Washington, who was the
Mountaineers' president for over 25 years. Women were an important part of the
society from the club's earliest days; in fact, by 1907, half of the 151
registered members were women. Many of the photographs in this collection were
made by female Mountaineers.
As a Mountaineer, one could expect not only to climb mountains, but
also to ski, hike, explore, or become involved in conservation work. The
Mountaineers even had their own theatrical society, the Mountaineers
The highlight of a Mountaineer's year was the society's annual summer
outing. These generally went on for two or three weeks and involved climbs both
major and minor as well as nature walks. Summer outings were held until 1980,
when they were discontinued due to the havoc that a large group of campers
could wreak on their beloved wilderness.
Today's Mountaineers Society offers even more in the way of
activities, including singles events and climbing trips to foreign countries.
The club's mission, however, remains the same: "To be the premier Northwest
outdoor recreation club, dedicated to the responsible enjoyment and protection
of natural areas."
Scope and Content
The collection contains George H. Braas's photographs of Mountaineers
Society excursions to Mt. Rainier. They include scenes of valleys and
waterfalls of the Nisqually and Paradise Rivers, the Cowlitz and Nisqually
Glaciers, the Tatoosh Mountains, Mt. Adams, and groups of climbers.
The collection was transferred from the Mountaineers Photograph Album,
Collection 341, in 2003.
Processed by Shannon Lynch and Sarah Nelson, March, 2004.
descending mountain with Mt. Rainier in background (220)
|"Returning from the summit."|
Nisqually Glacier (222)
Paradise River (228)|
posing before climb (229)
|"Ready for the summit."|
|7||Group of children
and adult climbers, Lake Park (232)
|"The start from Lake Park."|
|8||Climbers in dry
Nisqually riverbed (233)
|9||Mt Rainier from
Paradise Park (234)|
|10||Source of the
Nisqually River (235)
|1/3||11||Climbers in camp,
Paradise Park (236)
|"Camp Cyclone, Paradise Park."|
Cowlitz Glacier (237)
|13||Gibraltar Rock and
Cowlitz Cleaver (240)
viewed from Register Rock (241)
|1/4||16||Mt. Rainier from
the Nisqually River (247)||1895|
from the crater" (250)|
Paradise River (264)
|24||Climber at foot of
Cowlitz Glacier (269)
Paradise River (272)|
through Paradise Valley (278)
|1/7||30||Mt. Rainier from
Tatoosh Mountains (281)||1897|
|32||Climbers on side
|Spelled in the snow: "Ingraham & Corvell, Seattle Printers,
[Venen?] Vaughn, Music Dealers."|
|33||In the crater, Mt.
|Adams, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.|
|Cowlitz River Valley (Wash.)--Photographs.|
|Nisqually Glacier (Wash.)--Photographs.|
|Nisqually River (Wash.)--Photographs.|
|Rainier, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.|