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Guide to the Lawrence Denny Lindsley Papers



Manuscript Collection No.: 2179
Creator: Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1878-1975
Title: Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers
Date Span: 1870-1973, undated
Quantity: 8.10 cubic feet
Languages: Collection materials are in English.




Biographical Note

Lawrence Denny Lindsley was born on March 18, 1878 in a house overlooking Lake Union. He was the eldest grandchild of Seattle pioneers and founders, Louisa (Boren) and David T. Denny. His parents were Abbie (Denny) and Edward L. Denny. As a child and young adult, he grew up in the “great outdoors.” Lindsley spent a lot of time at his grandfather’s side, learning to hunt deer on the summit of Queen Anne Hill in Seattle, and cultivating a woodsman’s keen power of observation and an artist’s appreciation for nature. He took up photography at an early age, and later, combined it with work as a miner, trail guide, and naturalist. In 1895, Lindsley went to work in the Esther mines near Gold Creek in the Snoqualmie Pass area. In 1899, he assisted his grandfather, Denny, who was contracted by King County to improve the existing wagon road along Lake Keechelus. Lindsley was not fond of the mining life and the labor it entailed: building cabins, drilling and hammering, and packing out ore by an arduous journey across Snoqualmie Pass to Seattle. Even so, he describes his excitement at getting up in the middle of a night storm to photograph images of "lightning rumbling against the mountains." Lawrence Lindsley in cabin kitchen baking bread, Lake Chelan, ca. 1910 Lawrence Lindsley in cabin kitchen, ca. 1910

Lindsley became a charter member of the Mountaineers in 1907. He went to work for the W. P. Romans Photographic Studio in Seattle in 1903, and owned part interest in the studio when it was bought by Asahel Curtis in 1910. This association led him to work with Edward Curtis, for whom Lindsley developed some of the color negatives, “the gold tones,” for Curtis’s famous "Indians of North America" series.

In about 1912, Lindsley moved to his parents’ ranch along 25 Mile Creek at Lake Chelan. In 1916, he was employed by the Great Northern Railroad to photograph Glacier National Park for the railroad’s tourist literature. He also began his extensive photographic study of Lake Chelan and the coulees of Central Washington, often photographing the landscape on horseback while hand-holding a tripod. In these Chelan years and later, Lindsley worked as a guide, leading parties along the lake and into the Stehekin wilderness. Also in 1916, the railroad sent him as a guide for the party of Mary Roberts Rinehart, a popular author, on a packing trip through the North Cascades. In her novel, "Tenting Tonight," Lindsley figured prominently as the character”Silent Lawrie,” along with his faithful horse Peanut.

In 1916, Lindsley returned to Seattle and resumed work in the Asahel Curtis Studio. He married Pearl A. Miller in 1918, but his wife and infant daughter died in 1920. Throughout the 1920s, Lindsley worked for the Curtis Studio and continued his own landscape and nature photography. During this time, he perfected the technique of lantern slide photography. Lindsley liked to blend one frame into another, taking as many as eleven shots to capture, sequentially, cloud movements, birds nesting, or waves breaking on a shore. He mastered the blending of frames in the thousands of pictures he took of Mt. Rainier, the Lake Chelan region, and the beach at La Push, Washington. During his lifetime, Lindsley probably photographed Mount Rainier more often than any other photographer. In 1933, when the Washington State Federation of Garden Clubs was formed, his lantern slide lectures became a favorite among members of the garden clubs. Lindsley continued to use colored lantern slides throughout his career.

Lindsley married for a second time in 1944. He and his wife, Sarah Sonju, a color artist, created many photographic works of art from the shop in their Wallingford home in Seattle until her death in 1960. Unable to support himself solely by photography, Lindsley supplemented his income by selling postcards, prints, slides and murals, but also by renting rooms of his home to boarders, and finding odd jobs as he could, including a stint as night watchman in the 1950s. Lindsley continued to photograph into his 90s, always with an eye toward his next project. He died at home at age 96, on January 3, 1975.

Arrangement

Arranged into 3 accessions:
Accession no. 2179-001, Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, 1973
Accession no. 2179-002, Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, 1850-1972
Accession no. 2179-006, Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, undated

Scope and Content

Correspondence, field notebooks, diaries, writings, legal documents, financial records, and a tape recorded interview, documenting both Lawrence Denny Lindsley’s personal and professional lives. Also includes papers of some family members.

Terms of Access

Open to all users

Terms of Use

Literary rights transferred


Inventory

  
Accession No. 2179-001
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974
Lawrence Denny Lindsley interview, 1973
.08 cubic feet including 2 sound cassettes (120 min.) and 1 transcript (32 p.)
Scope and Content
Interview tapes and transcript. Lindley discusses his photographic techniques, especially lantern slide development. He mentions several specific photographic series: the beach at LaPush, sunrise on Mt. Rainier, Lake Chelan, and a winter horse trip through the Stehekin during a snowstorm.
Interview by Harry Major.
Digital Content/Other Formats
Listen to the audio recording of this interview on the Libraries Digital Collections site.
Terms of Access
Open to all users. Access to archival recordings: Due to the fragility of archival tape recordings, potential users may be required to arrange for transfer to digital format before the material can be accessed. Please contact Special Collections for further information.
Terms of Use
L.D. Lindsley's and Harry Major's literary rights transferred to the Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Donated by L.D. Lindsley, 9/14/1973.

  
Accession No. 2179-002
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974
Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, 1850-1972
8.10 cubic feet
Scope and Content
Correspondence, field notebooks, diaries, writings, legal documents, and financial records from Lawrence Denny Lindsley’s personal and professional life. Also includes some family members’ papers.
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Combined photographs and papers purchased from Marilyn Lindsley by Special Collections in 1977.
The portion of the purchase which consisted of papers was transferred to the Manuscript collection in several installments which were accessioned separately during 1982 and 1983.
Processing Info
Accession numbers 2179-002 through 2179-005 and 2179-007 have been merged into one accession comprising the material included in the 1977 purchase.
Box/FolderDate
Lawrence Denny Lindsley professional papers
Incoming correspondence
1/1Incoming letters1932-1972
15/1Copyright postcards1911-1915
1/2Outgoing letters1939-1968
1/3General correspondence1934-1969
Field notebooks
1/4-6Lake Chelanca. 1890-1952
1/7Flowers - Sunset Highway, Mt. Rainier, Lake Chelan, Grand Coulee and Bainbridge Island1907-1959
1/8Historical Seattle, etc.1900-1963
1/9Birds - Lake Chelan, Mt. Rainier, Okanogan1900-1956
1/10Lake Chelanca. 1890-1950
1/11Colville Indian1871-1951
2/1-2Glacial1906-1954
2/3-5Grand Coulee1907-1959
2/6Okanogan1910-1956
3/1-5Mt. Rainier1913-1960
3/6Historical Seattle - contains reminiscences1850-1958
4/1-2Sunset Highway - contains reminiscences1896-1958
4/3Timber - contains reminiscences1901-1952
4/4Chelan - Portraits, Puget Sound, Olympic, Wenatchee, etc.1880-1959
4/5Mt. Baker, Stevens Pass Highway, etc.1898-1954
4/6-7Glacial - contains reminiscences1896-1960
4/8Glacier National Park, Stevens Pass Highway, etc.1914-1948
5/1-2Miscellaneousca. 1895-1962
5/3Bainbridge Island, etc.1912-1970
5/4Olympic Peninsula, Glacial, Mt. Rainier, etc.1892-1971
5/5Miscellaneous1853-1955
5/6Enlargement indexundated
Writings
5/7Regarding photographyundated
5/8Natural history of Pacific Northwestundated
5/9Listsundated
Notes
6/1-5Grand Coulee no. 1-5ca. 1948-1954
6/6-7Grand Couleeca. 1940
6/8-11Camp fire storiesundated
15/2Miscellaneous1911, undated
6/12-7/2Financial records1921-1972
15/3Clippings1911-1912, undated
Lawrence Denny Lindsley personal papers
Incoming letters
7/3Bradley, Irene Lindsley1936-1968
15/4Denny, D. T.1896-1903
15/5Denny, D. Thomas1897
15/6Denny, E. Inez and Louisa Denny1897, 1914
7/4Denny, Edward H. (Harold)1963-1964
15/7Denny, John B.1897
15/8Denny, Victor W. S.1903
15/9Lindsley, Abbie Denny1897
15/10Lindsley, Edward L.ca. 1896-1902
7/5Lindsley, Norman D.1933
15/11MacMillan, H. J.1902
15/12Murlin, A. E.1901-1902
7/6Sigurdson, Beverley Mabel U'Renn and U'Renn, Lorraine1933-1961
15/13Weir, Allen1901
15/14Wilson, J. P.1898
7/7Miscellaneous1888, 1931-1968
15/15Miscellaneousca. 1897-1914
Outgoing letters
15/16Denny, E. Inez and Louisa Denny1898
15/17Lindsley, Abbie Denny and Edward L. Lindsley1898-1900
15/18Lindsley, Irene1899
15/19Lindsley, Mabel1899
15/20General/miscellaneousca. 1888-1902
7/8General/miscellaneous1939
12-14Diaries1897-1972
Writings
7/9-11Reminiscences of Pioneer Seattleundated
7/12"Saga of Mt. Rainier"undated
7/13"Trip to the ranch on Lake Chelan starting from Lake Keechelus" (photocopy)1902
7/14"Trip to the ranch on Lake Chelan starting from Lake Keechelus" (fragile original)1902
General Notes: Researchers should use photocopy version.
15/21General/miscellaneousundated
7/15Writings of othersundated
15/22Notes1898
7/16Legal documents1930-1970
7/17Clippingsundated
Ephemera
7/18General/miscellaneousundated
15/23Invitation to press - Igorrote Exhibition Co.1905
11Scrapbook (oversize)undated
8/1Address booksundated
8/2Autograph book1899-1957
15/24School workundated
15/25Mother - Abbie Denny Lindsley1914-1915, undated
Sarah Sonju Lindsley
8/3Incoming letters - Lindsley, Lawrence Denny1939
8/4Address book1955
Sarah Winola Lindsley U'Renn
Incoming letters
8/5Bradley, Irene Lindsley1919-1928
8/6Denny, David Thomas1902-1903
8/7Denny, Leonora M.1909-1914
8/8Denny, Loretta1902-1903
8/9Em1912-1915
8/10Inez1912-1916
8/11Lindsley, Abbie Denny1912-1915
8/12Lindsley, Edward L.1909-1919
8/13Lindsley, Lawrence Denny1907-1927
8/14Lindsley, Norman D.1904-1908
8/15Peugilly, Anna1905-1906
8/16Miscellaneous1909-1913
15/26Outgoing letters1914
8/17Ephemera1906-1916
8/18Legal documents1915
9/1Scrapbook1899
9/2Scrapbook - recipesca. 1900
Harold Lawrence Lindsley, Beverley Mabel, and "Kewpie" U'Renn
9/3Incoming letters1907-1915
Abbie Denny Lindsley
Incoming letters
15/27Denny, Anna1887
9/4General/miscellaneous - including one letter from David Thomas Denny1899-1911
9/5Writingundated
Edward L. Lindsley
9/6-8Incoming letters - Charles Greenwood1908-1909
9/9Writingundated
9/10Legal documents1878-1932
9/11Guest book (of C. A. Ranch on Lake Chelan?)1902-1909
William Lindsley
10Scrapbook and diary1877-1880
10Diary1875-1883
Maria Lindsley
11Scrapbook (oversize)1885
Revel Nims
9/12General correspondence1884-1906
9/13Financial records1870-1906
9/14Legal documents1893-1906

  
Accession No. 2179-006
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974
Lawrence Denny Lindsley papers, undated
0.03 cubic feet (1 vertical file)
Scope and Content
Writing. First page titled: "Music of a mountain thunder storm."
Terms of Access
Open to all users.
Terms of Use
Creator's literary rights transferred to the University of Washington Libraries.
Acquisition Info
Transferred from the Lindsley photo collection, #548, August 14, 2001.

Subject Terms

Personal Names:
Bradley, Irene Lindsley, creator.
Cool, A. L.
Curtis, Asahel, 1874-1941.
Curtis, Edward S., 1868-1952.
Denny, David Thomas, creator.
Denny, E. H. (Edward H.), 1887-1971, creator.
Lindsley, Abbie Denny, creator.
Lindsley, Edward L., creator.
Lindsley, Lawrence Denny, 1879-1974--Archives.
Lindsley, Maria, creator.
Lindsley, Norman, creator.
Lindsley, Sarah Sonju, creator.
Lindsley, William, creator.
Nims, Revel, creator.
Rinehart, Mary Roberts, 1876-1958.
Sigurdson, Beverley Mabel U'Renn, creator.
U'Renn, Harold Lawrence, creator.
U'Renn, Lorraine, creator.
U'Renn, Sarah Winola Lindsley, creator.
Organizations:
Great Northern Railway Company (U.S.)
Mountaineers (Society)
Old Roman Studios (Seattle, Wash.)
Geographic Names:
Chelan, Lake (Wash.)--Photographs.
La Push (Wash.)--Photographs.
Rainer, Mount (Wash.)--Photographs.
Stehekin (Wash.)--Photographs.
Subjects:
Lantern slides--Technique
Photography--Processing
Photography--Technique
Personal Papers/Corporate Records
Fine Arts
Seattle
Washington (State)
Last modified: April 26, 2016
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