Biographical Note

Historical Background

Scope and Content

Processing Info

Inventory

Subject Terms


Guide to the George H. Braas Mountaineers Society Photographs
1895-1897



VM Collection No.: 631
Creator: Braas, George H. , photographer
Title: George H. Braas Mountaineers Society photographs
Date Span: 1895-1897
Quantity: 33 photographic prints (1 box)
Location: K0187
Languages: Collection materials are in English.
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.



Biographical Note

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.

Historical Background

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 Players.

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."

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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.

Processing Info

The collection was transferred from the Mountaineers Photograph Album, Collection 341, in 2003.

Processed by Shannon Lynch and Sarah Nelson, March, 2004.


Inventory

 
Box/Folder Item Date
1/11Climbers descending mountain with Mt. Rainier in background (220)   View image
"Returning from the summit."
 
2Climber on Nisqually Glacier (222)   View image
 
3Paradise Park (223)   View image
 
4Canyon, Paradise River (224)
 
5Sluiskin Falls, Paradise River (228)
 
1/26Mountaineers posing before climb (229)   View image
"Ready for the summit."
 
7Group of children and adult climbers, Lake Park (232)   View image
"The start from Lake Park."
 
8Climbers in dry Nisqually riverbed (233)   View image
 
9Mt Rainier from Paradise Park (234)
 
10Source of the Nisqually River (235)   View image
 
1/311Climbers in camp, Paradise Park (236)   View image
"Camp Cyclone, Paradise Park."
 
12Climbers on Cowlitz Glacier (237)   View image
 
13Gibraltar Rock and Cowlitz Cleaver (240)   View image
 
14Mountain summit viewed from Register Rock (241)   View image
 
15Tatoosh Mountains (245)   View image
 
1/416Mt. Rainier from the Nisqually River (247)1895
 
17"Columbia's crest from the crater" (250)
 
18Tatoosh Mountains (251)   View image
 
19Paradise Park (262)   View image1897
 
20Carter Falls, Paradise River (264)   View image
 
1/521Paradise Park (265)1897
 
22Cowlitz Valley (266)   View image
 
23Nisqually Valley (268?)   View image
 
24Climber at foot of Cowlitz Glacier (269)   View image
 
25Narada Falls, Paradise River (272)
 
1/626Mt. Adams (273)
 
27Mt. Adams (27-?)   View image
 
28Cowlitz Valley (275)
 
29Stream running through Paradise Valley (278)   View image
 
1/730Mt. Rainier from Tatoosh Mountains (281)1897
 
31Summit, Tatoosh Mountains (293)   View image
 
32Climbers on side of mountain   View image
Spelled in the snow: "Ingraham & Corvell, Seattle Printers, [Venen?] Vaughn, Music Dealers."
 
33In the crater, Mt. Rainier   View image

Subject Terms

Organizations:
Mountaineers (Society)--Photographs.
Subjects:
Glaciers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Mountaineers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Mountains--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Rivers--Washington (State)--Seattle--Photographs.
Geographic Names:
Adams, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.
Cowlitz River Valley (Wash.)--Photographs.
Nisqually Glacier (Wash.)--Photographs.
Nisqually River (Wash.)--Photographs.
Rainier, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.
Last modified: September 24, 2010
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