Scope and Content
Restrictions on Access
Restrictions on Use
Other Finding Aids
Preliminary Guide to the Dwight
Alvin Watson Photograph Collection
|PH Collection No.:
Watson, Dwight Alvin
||Dwight Alvin Watson
||3377 photographic prints, slides, photo CD (15 boxes)|
||K80-82 (Boxes 1-12)|
|HC445 (Box 13)|
||Collection materials are in
Born in Seattle at the turn of the century, Dwight Watson was an
amateur nature photographer, skier, and mountain climber. His passion for the
outdoors originated with outings with his family when he was young. During this
early period he attended Broadway High School and studied electrical
engineering at the University of Washington. In the 1920s while employed at
Puget Sound Power and Light Co., he developed his interest in mountaineering
while visiting the companies Kapowsin and Electron power plants in the Puyallup
River Valley. Its proximity to Mount Rainier National Park inspired him to go
on the first of many long hikes around the park. He made his first ascent of
Mt. Rainier on July 29, 1924. He also avidly explored many well known scenic
spots in the Cascade Range, Olympic Peninsula, British Columbia and Oregon. His
accomplishments included the first ski ascent of Glacier Peak in 1938 with
Sigurd Hall and another early ski ascent of Eldorado Peak in the Cascades with
Fred Beckey and Lloyd Anderson in 1940.
His alpine enthusiasm is reflected in his account of skiing in the
Garibaldi area in 1943: "Some ski enthusiasts HAVE climbed in the park in
spring for several days of WONDERFUL skiing--for skiing Paradise it IS but
probably [will] be never popular when so much labor getting there is involved.
The steep sloped runs from the Tusk would be thrilling to say the least while
the views would be beyond comprehension!! And the glaciers near Garibaldi peak
as well as south of Helm Lake-Helm Glacier as an example had splendid spring
snow in mid-August for those die-hards who must ski every month in the year to
keep in condition! Perhaps the popular advent of the helicopter after the war
will solve the whole problem--or will it?"
His interest in mountaineering led him to become involved in The
Mountaineers and also to author articles on backcountry skiing including a 1937
Mountaineer Annual article. In addition, he pursued his interest in amateur
photography. Working mostly with 35 millimeter still photography and 8 and 16
mm moving pictures, he documented many of his cross country mountaineering and
skiing trips. In the winter of 1936, he was invited by the Rainier National
Park Company to take publicity pictures of the park for them. Along with his
images, he included many lively annotations of his experiences in the Cascade
and Olympic Mountains. He associated with many well known mountaineers and
photographers in the Pacific Northwest community including Hermann Ulrichs,
Fred and Helmy Beckey, Otto Trott, Asahel Curtis, Ray Atkeson, and Lawrence D.
A very religious man, Dwight Watson became involved with the Hope
Bible Fellowship of Seattle during the 1940s. He was staunchly opposed to the
theory of evolution, and he taught Sunday school and led young people,
especially YMCA and UPS messengers groups, in nature outings. Watson went on
many such YMCA trips when he was a young man. He donated generously to several
Christian missionaries and organizations. He compiled many boxes of clippings
on skiing, hiking, and scientific phenomena. He also maintained correspondence
with a wide variety of people in the scientific and religious fields. He later
worked at Rainier Oven until he retired in 1962. He then lived and worked as a
custodian for Hope Bible Fellowship in the Wallingford Fremont neighborhood. He
also spent nine years at Harmony Gardens Care Center. Watson died of heart
failure on Thursday, February 29, 1996.
Scope and Content
Primarily photographs by Watson of the Cascades and other Western
mountains. Includes images of Mount Rainier National Park, Mount Baker National
Forest, North Cascades National Park, Wenatchee National Forest, Olympic
National Park, Mount Adams, Glacier Peak, hiking, mountaineering and
Also includes photographs taken by Bert Huntoon, H. Ulrichs, Ray
Atkeson, L.D. Lindsley, and Dagleish.
See also PH2012-010 and Acc. 9603-09 in the repository. Contact Visual
Materials Curator for more information.
View selections from the collection in digital
Restrictions on Access
The collection is open to the public.
Restrictions on Use
Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication.
Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for
The original donation of photographs were relocated from the Dwight
Alvin Watson Papers, MSS Coll. No. 2170 in the repository, in 1997.
Other Finding Aids
These materials form part of the Dwight Alvin Watson Papers, which
are described and indexed in
A Guide to the Dwight Alvin Watson
BOX 1: Mount Rainier National Park. 1930s.
Folder 1: 23 black and white photographs. Mount Rainier. Summit of Mt.
Rainier from various locations including Indian Henry's Park, Klapatche Park,
Gobblers Knob, Lake Eunice, Pinnacle Peak, Grand Park, Sunset Park, Sunrise,
Mazama Ridge, Fay Peak, Tatoosh Range, Chinook Pass
Folder 2: 9 black and
white photographs and cyanotypes. Mount Rainier. Spray Park, Observation Rock,
Echo Rock. Depicts man skiing.
Folder 3: 5 black and white photographs.
Mount Rainier. Cowlitz Chimneys. Depicts man skiing.
Folder 4: 3 black and
white photographs. Mount Rainier. Tokallo Needle/Rock. Depicts man skiing.
Folder 5: 16 black and white photographs and cyanotypes. Mount Rainier.
Paradise Valley/Glacier, Mazama Ridge, Tatoosh Range, ice caves. Depicts people
Folder 6: 12 black and white photographs. Mount Rainier. Glaciers
- Carbon, Puyallup, Ohanepecosh, Cowlitz, Nisqually, S. Mowich. Depicts people
Folder 7: 11 black and white photographs and cyanotypes. Mount
Rainier. Downhill skiing, cornice jumping.
Folder 8: 13 black and white
photographs and cyanocyantypes.types. Mount Rainier. Comet Falls, Mystic Lake,
Lake Eunice, Corral Pass, Colquhoun Lookout, Twin Creeks, snowplows park
BOX 2: Cascade Mountains
Folder 1: 1 album with 220 photographs and postcards. Mt. Baker, Mt. Baker
Lodge, Monte Cristo, Snoqualmie Pass, Snoqualmie Falls, Granite Falls,
mountaineering parties, Hartford and Eastern Railroad, James B. Murphy's
"Western Union" Boys Camp at Lake Keechelus
Folder 2: 5 black and white
photographs. Cascade Glacier, Blue Peak, Dome Peak, Mt. Index.
46 black and white photographs. Glacier Peak area. Depicts people skiing.
BOX 3: Cascade Mountains
8 black and white photographs. El Dorado Peak. Depicts people skiing.
Folder 2: 16 black and white photographs and 9 color reproductions. Cascade
Pass area. Sahale Peak, Stehekin River Road, Mt. McGregor.
Folder 3: 26
black and white photographs. White Pass - Indian Head Peak, Whitechuck Basin,
White Mt., Chinook Pass, Cayuse Pass. Depicts people skiing.
Folder 4: 12
black and white photographs. Mt. Daniel, Mt. Stuart.
Folder 5: 5 black and
white photographs. Bears Breast Mt., Dutch Miller Gap, Mt. Hinman
19 black and white photographs. Surprise Mt., Surprise Pass, Surprise Lake,
Twin Lake, Glacier Lake, Marmor Lake, Deception Creek.
Folder 7: 8 black
and white photographs. Hidden Peak, Gargoyle Ridge.
Folder 8: 9 black and
white photographs. Chetwoot Lake, Angeline Lake, Chimney Rocks.
BOX 4: North Cascades
Folder 1: 5 black
and white photographs. Garibaldi Lake and Peak, North Cascades.
38 black and white photographs. North Cascades. Bonita Mines, Mt. Daniel's,
Deep Lake, Cathedral Peak, Lake Wenatchee, Lake Janus, Cascade Crest, Heather
Lake, Icy Peak, Mt. Ruth, Naches River, Cady Pass, Mt. Booker, Mt. Buckner, Mt.
Logan, Thunder Lake, Tomyhoi Lake. Also shows tunnel of the old Monte Cristo
Railroad - upper end of Stillaguamish River, tunnel of old Hartford and Eastern
Folder 3: 26 black and white photographs and cyanotypes, color
postcards, ephemera. Whatcom Peak, Taptoo Lake, Mt. Challenger, Mt. Redoubt,
Folder 4: 41 black and white photographs. Mt. Baker, Table Mt.,
Austin Pass, Rainbow Glacier, Black Butte, Ptarmigan Ridge. Shows two climbers
at the summit of Mt. Baker, people on skis.
Folder 5: 31 black and white
photographs and cyanotypes. Mountaineers climbing Mt. Shuksan.
BOX 5: Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Adams, Eastern
Folder 1: 1 black and white photograph, ephemera. Skiers
at the summit of Mt. St. Helens
Folder 2: 14 black and white photographs.
Mt. Adams and vicinity. Goat Rocks, Packwood Lake, Mt. Adams summit. Shows
Folder 3: 5 black and white photographs. Stilletoo Lookout,
Folder 4: 4 black and white photographs. Lake Chelan.
Folder 5: 41 black and white photographs. Bannock Mt., Cirque Lake,
"Stonehenge," Lyman Glacier, Agnes Creek, Lyman Lake, Glacier Peak, Bonanza
Peak, Cloudy Pass, Red Mt., Fortress Mt., Gunsight Peaks, Sinister Peak, Dome
Peak, Sundown Park.
Folder 6: 14 black and white photographs. Eastern
Washington. Mebee Pass, Methow Valley, Holman Pass, Washington Pass, Cutthroat
Peak, Heather Pass, Lake Ann, Icicle Creek, Tumwater Canyon
BOX 6: Olympic Peninsula, Oregon
1: 85 black and white photograph and color postcards. Quinault River, Mt.
Anderson, Mt. Olympus, Solduc Hot Springs, Lake Crescent, Washington coast.
Includes Vorhie's Lodge before it was destroyed by an avalanche, undated.
Folder 2: 14 black and white photographs. Olympic Peninsula. Various
Folder 3: 140 black and white photographs. Oregon -
Columbia River Gorge, Willamette Falls, Multnomah Falls, Mt. Hood, Three
Sisters, Smith Rocks, Klamath Falls, Oregon Caves, Crater Lake, Wallow's.
California - Mt. Shasta
Folder 4: 13 color postcards. Oregon, undated.
Folder 5: 38 black and white photographs. Trail construction, camping,
animals and vegetation (elk, domestic sheep, black bear, gray owls,
BOX 7: Album 1: Mt. Rainier
National Park, Vol 1 (1 of 2).
440 black and white photographs,
color postcards, ca. 1925-1955. Mount Rainier views, flora and fauna,
mountaineering expeditions, skiing and dog sledding activities, Paradise Inn.
Mount Rainier and business district by Alfred Witter (Page 9), Paradise Ice
Caves (Page 103-111), Dwight Watson, 1929 (Page 119), Old Green Water Tavern
Inn (Page 213)
BOX 8: Album 2: Mt.
Rainier National Park, Vol 2 (2 of 2).
400 black and white
photographs, color postcards, ca. 1923-1929. Scenic views - Grand Park to Van
Trump Park northeast side, north, west, southwest and south sides, flora and
fauna, skiing mountaineering activities. Dwight Watson (Page 107), Puget Sound
Power and Light flume, etc. (Page 102-107)
Album 3: North Cascades I.
222 black and white and
color photographs, ca. 1918-1922. Mt. Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Waddington,
Garibaldi (B.C.), Glacier Peak. Photographed in part by E. Dagleish (killed
while climbing Mt. Waddington, June 1934), M. Anderson, L.D. Lindsley,
Album 4: Central Cascades II.
239 black and white photographs,
ca. 1940s. Mt. Index, Mt. Waddington, Stevens Pass, Olympics, Mt. Daniels, Mt.
Baker, Sisters Range, Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Rainier, Mt. St. Helens, Snoqualmie
Pass. Shows skiing activities, National Ski Patrol at Snoqualmie Pass (P.
Album 5: South Cascades III.
180 black and white photographs,
postcards, 1926-1949. Cascade Pass, Lake Chelan, Mt. Index, Mt. Stuart, Mt.
Daniels, Mt. Si., Mt. St. Helens, Mt. Hood, Oregon Coast. Photos by Lindsley,
Ulrich, Ray Atkeson.
BOX 10: Album
6: Glacier - Canada Trip.
236 black and white photographs,
postcards, magazine clippings, undated. Glacier National Park, Montana;
Waterton Lakes National Park, British Columbia, Canadian Rockies.
Skiing in Washington State.
224 black and white photographs, 1930s-1940s.
Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, Glacier Peak, Mt. Daniels, Mt. Stuart, Mt.
Olympus, Mt. Adams.
BOX 11: Album 8:
California and Oregon.
217 black and white photographs, and
ephemera, 1936. Sequoia National Park, Yosemite, Mammoth Lakes, Death Valley
National Monument, Redwoods, Oregon coast.
Album 9: Ray Atkeson Album. 116
black and white and color photographs and photographic postcards, undated.
Photographed by Ray Atkeson. Includes Mt. Hood, Oregon coast, Mt. Rainier, Mt.
St. Helens, Crater Lake. Shows mountaineering and skiing activities.
BOX 12: Summer and Winter
Album 10: 229
black and white photographs, undated. Includes Mt. Rainier, Olympics, Mt. St.
Helens ice caves, Mt. Adams (skiing to summit), Mt. Daniels, Yosemite,
California, flora and fauna. Photos by Norman Edson, Ray Atkeson, W. Dyke, W.
Album 11: 230 black and white photographs, 1930s. Includes Mt.
Baker, Mt. Shuksan, Mt. Rainier, Snoqualmie Pass, Mt. Shasta, Utah, Yosemite.
Shows winter snow scenes, skiing, winter mountaineering. Photographed by Ray
Atkeson, Ulrichs, Lindsley.
Oversize and miscellaneous photographs
-Mount Adams. Photographed by
-Mount Rainier. Photographed by Linkletter
Photographed by C.A. Clay
-Yakima Park RNP. Photographed by O. Bosgerson
-Mt. Rainier from Seattle. Photographed by A.S.Witter
-Paradise Valley (Christmas gift). Photographed by Norman Edson,
-Lake Eunice, Mt. Rainier. Photographed by Dwight Watson
-Grand Park, Mt. Rainier. Photographed by Dwight Watson (framed)