Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection, 1909 - Archives West

Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection, 1909 - Archives West

Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection, 1909 Overview of the Collection Collector Galbraith, Victor Title Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collec...

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Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection, 1909 Overview of the Collection Collector Galbraith, Victor Title Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection Dates 1909 (inclusive) 1909 1909 Quantity 23 photos (1 folder) Collection Number PH0369 Summary Photographs of the grounds and buildings of the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition Repository University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections. Special Collections University of Washington Libraries Box 352900 Seattle, WA 98195-2900 Telephone: 206-543-1929 Fax: 206-543-1931 [email protected] Access Restrictions The collection is open to the public. Languages English Sponsor Funding for encoding this finding aid was partially provided through a grant awarded by the Friends of the Library.

Historical Background The Klondike Gold Rush made Seattle the dominant city in the Pacific Northwest, as the major supplier to Alaska. The goal of the 1909 Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition was to show off the growth and development of the Pacific Northwest, specifically Seattle, and to display the value of commercial trade with the Pacific Rim. When Japan agreed to participate, the AYPE became a truly international, multicultural event, which planners of the AYPE hoped would demonstrate cooperation between people from around the world. On a less philosophical level, city officials also hoped that the exposition would encourage people to relocate to the growing metropolis of Seattle. Officials soon decided on the largely wooded grounds of the University of Washington, situated on Lake Washington, with Mount Rainier visible in the distance. The first $650,000 for the AYPE was raised by proud Seattleites, who bought “shares” of the exposition. Much of the rest was funded by the sale of public lands and by the Washington State legislature, with the understanding that the buildings built for the exposition would become part of the University of Washington at the end of the AYPE. John and Frederick Olmsted, son and stepson of Frederick Law Olmsted, prominent landscape architects in their own right, designed much of the AYPE grounds.

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Thanks to two years of planning and the huge sums of money raised, the AYPE grounds and exposition were everything the planners had hoped for. It was a fascinating mix of ethnic diversity and crass commercialism, but it clearly appealed to the people of the United States. Over 80,000 people attended the AYPE on opening day in June 1909, and by closing day (October 16, 1909) 3.7 million people had paid to see attractions such as the Igorrote Village, and the Indian and Eskimo exhibits. They had seen animals built out of fruits and nuts, and rode on the Fairy Gorge Tickler. The AYPE had been a huge success. Seattle officials were pleased to note that the AYPE had drawn 700,000 people more than the 1905 Lewis and Clark Exposition had attracted in the rival city of Portland, Oregon. "quoted from the AYPE digital site Although the Exposition boasted its own official photographer, amateur photographers could purchase a paper permit, allowing access for one day. With the day pass, an amateur photographer with a camera smaller than 6" x 8" was allowed to take unlimited photographs of the buildings, exhibits and other features.

Content Description Photographs depicting the Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition in Seattle, Washington in 1909. The 23 photographs depict the exhibits, buildings and people strolling through the grounds of the exposition and were made by an unknown amateur photographer.

Use of the Collection Restrictions on Use Restrictions may exist on reproduction, quotation, or publication. Contact Special Collections, University of Washington Libraries for details.

Preferred Citation The required credit line for use of images from Special Collections is: University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, [plus the negative number]. The negative number is provided with the image and is a letter + number combination such as UW13452; Hegg 1234; or NA1275. A typical credit line would be, University of Washington Libraries, Special Collections, UW13452.

Administrative Information Acquisition Information Donor: Victor Galbraith, 1991

Processing Note Processed by Marion Brown in 2008.

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Detailed Description of the Collection Parade Container(s)

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Parade held in downtown Seattle, Washington[view]

1909

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Exposition Buildings Container(s)

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California State Building and visitors walking in front of it[view]

1909

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Canada Building

1909

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Fine Arts Building[view]

1909

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Forestry Building[view]

1909

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Walkway leading to Machinery Hall

1909

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Philippine Building and people

1909

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Spokane County Building and people[view]

1909

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U.S. Government Building viewed from the Cascades

1909

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U.S. Government Building at night viewed from the Cascades

1909

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Exposition grounds Container(s)

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Woman standing next to the large statue of a water buffalo in the Court of Honor[view]

1909

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Geyser Basin

1909

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Geyser Basin viewed at night

1909

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Main entrance viewed from outside the AYPE[view]

1909

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Main entrance at night

1909

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Music Pavilion

1909

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Nome Circle showing Washington and Oregon Buildings[view]

1909

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Rainier Vista and the U.S. Government Building[view]

1909

The Pay Streak Container(s)

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Two Eskimos near Eskimo Village[view]

1909

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Tipis and igloo in Eskimo Village[view]

1909

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Visitors walking down Pay Streak near Eskimo Village[view]

1909

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Find Related Collections Subject Terms : Exhibition buildings--Washington (State)--Seattle--20th century--Photographs Exhibitions--Washington (State)--Seattle--20th century--Photographs Visual Materials Collections (University of Washington) Corporate Names : Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)--Buildings--Photographs Alaska-Yukon-Pacific Exposition (1909 : Seattle, Wash.)--Photographs Geographical Names : Seattle (Wash.)--Buildings, structures, etc.--Photographs Seattle (Wash.)--Exhibitions--Photographs Form or Genre Terms : Victor Galbraith AYPE photograph collection, 1909 http://archiveswest.orbiscascade.org/ark:/80444/xv05059

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Amateur works Photographic prints Photographs Other Creators : Personal Names : Galbraith, Victor. collector (creator)

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