Arthur E. King Photographs of Colfax 1894-1913
PC 38

Summary Information

Repository
Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries
Title
Arthur E. King Photographs of Colfax
ID
PC 38
Date [inclusive]
1894-1913
Extent
0.5 Linear feet
General Physical Description note
Approximate 117 items
Abstract
117 glass negatives of Colfax, Washington, taken, for the most part, by Arthur E. King proprietor of King's Bookstore. The images date from 1896 to 1913.

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Biographical Note:

Arthur E. King was the proprietor of King's Bookstore in Colfax, Washington. The Whitman County Directory lists King from the 1905-6 edition to the 1921-22 edition and the Bookstore from 1910-11 to 1917-18 (King is probably mistakenly listed in 1905-6 and 1908-9 as A. A. King). King's wife, Anna, is listed parenthetically beginning in the 1912-13 edition. King's Bookstore is listed as selling stationery, wallpaper and musical merchandise. In addition to running the Bookstore King was probably a professional photographer who sold post cards featuring scenes of the Colfax area. The glass negatives dated from 1894 to 1896 seem to have been taken for his personal use as a hobby. King also retained some unclaimed customer's negatives which were included here.

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Scope and Contents note

The glass plate negatives are in six groups. The first group of 4x5 plates were numbered and described by King on their original folders. That information and the date has been retained with the plate. The second group is probably part of the first, but did not have King's numbering or description. The remaining three groups are arranged according to plate size. The film negatives are grouped according to their envelopes in attempt to retain their original order.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Manuscripts, Archives, and Special Collections, Washington State University Libraries

http://www.wsulibs.wsu.edu/masc
Terrell Library
P.O. Box 645610
Pullman, WA, 99164-5610
509-335-6691
mascref@wsu.edu

Immediate Source of Acquisition note

The photographs of Arthur E. King were donated to Washington State University in October 1980 by Mr. and Mrs. Lloyd Cook of Colfax, Washington (80-44).

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Controlled Access Headings

Subject(s)

  • Agriculture
  • City and Town Life
  • Colfax (Wash.) -- History.
  • Photographs
  • Transportation
  • Washington (State)
  • Whitman County (Wash.) -- History.

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Collection Inventory

 I 62 4x5 glass negatives with original numbering and descriptions. Additional information in brackets 

 1 Engine crossing Main and N. Colfax Nov 11, 1894 

 8 Spokane Train [through Colfax] Nov 10, 1894 

 11 Geo. & Lannie & Pony Nov 12, 1894 

 13 [Man with moustache, probably Mr. Grey, going into a house, original folder torn] 

 17 First snow Nov 23, 1894 

 21 Mrs. McInturf Nov 25, 1894 

 23 Residence King Nov 27, 1894 

 27 Back of Frat[ernal] Block Nov 27, 1894 

 33 Hospital Colfax Dec 2, 1894 

 34 Colfax from Coolidge's House Dec 2, 1894 

 35 S. Colfax High School Dec 2, 1894 

 37 Nena, Tennie & Lannie Dec 2, 1894 

 38 Working on ditch N. Colfax Dec 7, 1894 

 39 4 horse train passing House Dec 7, 1894 

 40 Laura bust outdoors Dec 11, 1894 

 42 Laura and Hattie Dec 15, 1894 

 45 Skaters from Wall St. Bridge #1 Dec 28, 1894 

 46 Skaters from Wall St. Bridge #2 Dec 28, 1894 

 53 From top tower C. H. East Jan 9, 1895 

 56 From hill back of N. Main St. School House down Palouse Jan 20, 1895 

 57 Same as #56 look North #2 Jan 20, 1895 

 58 Same as #56 look up N. Palouse Jan 20, 1895 

 61 [Race Track] Same as #60 Jan 20, 1895 

 63 Two engines crossing First trestle Jan 20, 1895 

 64 Snow scene by Brewery Jan 24, 1895 

 65 Freak Two Wives [Trick photography] Jan 27, 1895 

 67 Laura Freak [trick photography] Jan 28, 1895 

 70 Harry Housekeeper & Coon #3 Feb 15, 1895 

 71 Harry Housekeeper & Coon #4 Feb 15, 1895 

 72 Grey Children Feb 15, 1895 

 73 Harry Housekeeper & Coon #5 Feb 15, 1895 

 74 Laura full length Feb 24, 1895 

 76 Bluff & Poverty Flax Feb 24, 1895 

 77 Martha Wash. Rock Feb 24, 1895 

 79 Ward School Feb 24, 1895 

 80 High School Mar 3, 1895 

 83 Mell Grey 100 yd. 10 sec April 1995 

 84 Laura [King (daughter)] in bloomers April 1995 

 85 Wheelers working May 1995 

 87 Laura bust May [1995] 

 88 Laura [two words undistinguishable] for Grey May [1995] 

 92 Laura street costume undated 

 94 Gravel stand across track May 30, 1995 

 97 Sec. of Gravel stand May 30, 1995 

 98 Colfax look North undated 

 100 North Main Street undated 

 102 N. Colfax from him undated 

 105 Fred Waite on wheel 6/8/95 [stained plate] 

 110 Ed Aweert on wheel 6/22/95 [broken plate] 

 112 Laura enlarged 6/30/95 

 115 Fire Engine July 4, 1895 

 118 Procession up St July 4, 1895 

 122 Baptizing #1 undated 

 124 Crowd Baptizing #3 undated 

 134 Blanch & Nena & Tennie undated 

 137 Break down Steptoe Aug, 1995 

 156 Hart & Chadwick 3/1996 

 158 Ballinger Block 4/2/1996 

 162 Mollie Lusher in bloomers May 2, 1896 

 167 Colfax Depot and Grounds May 17, 1896 

 168 Colfax look South from hill East of town May 17, 1896 

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 II Unnumbered series. 16 4x5 glass negatives. Some of the missing numbers from first group. Given arbitrary numbers 

 170 [Young girl with arms over chair] 

 171 [Three Women sitting on a sofa] 

 172 [Man, Women, and two young children eating meal in kitchen] 

 173 Alto King 

 174 [Two Women with fish strung on a line. Printed across the bottom portion of the plate is "Photo by King Colfax, Wn."] 

 175 [Horse drawn harvest scene] 

 176 [Group of Men sitting around a small table and spittoon] 

 177 [Two Men on harvester and another Man with a team of horses] 

 178 Lannie King [Young boy standing on steps] 

 179 [Man showing back muscles] 

 180 [Same Men from #176 playing cards] 

 181 [Little girl sitting on chair, plate broken] 

 182 King's Bookstore 

 183 [Men with bicycles in front of Great Eastern Mercantile Co.] 

 184 [Two horse drawn harvesters in field] 

 185 Alto, Lannie and Tootsie King with 2 unidentified 

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 III Five 4x5 glass negative plates labeled "Co. Sheriff Office Pris. Neg." Numbering is arbitrary 

 186 [Man #1] undated 

 187 [Man #2] undated 

 188 [Man #1 and Man #3] undated 

 189 [All three Men] undated 

 190 [All three Men] undated 

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 IV Three 5x7 glass plates labeled "John Baylor Sept. 13/13". Numbering is arbitrary 

 191 Two Women, a boy, an a Man standing front of a wagon and a tent] 

 192 A large group of men in front of a harvester] 

 193 Harvesting scene] 

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 V One 8 1/4 x 6 1/2 glass negative plate. Horse drawn harvest scene 

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 IV Seven 3 1/4 x 4 Lantern slides. Numbering arbitrary 

 194 [Harvest scene] undated 

 195 [Harvest scene] undated 

 196 [Harvest scene] undated 

 197 [Harvest scene] undated 

 198 [Woman and automobile on bridge, Women is aiming rifle] undated 

 199 A. E. King and the first automobile in Colfax, the second in Whitman County 

 200 [People looking at sign] Bausch & Lomb Balopticon Model B, $18.00 and $22.00 for entertainment in the Home, Church, School, Club 

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 VII 22 film negatives 

Scope and Contents note

Five separate envelopes. Each envelop had a name and date. The label on the envelop is followed by arbitrary numbering.

King's Book Store [advertisement on front], first packet, John Poteet Mar 9, 1913 

Scope and Contents note

[hand written on back]

 201 [Aerial view of a city block] 

 202 Ward School [later Martha Washington School] 

 203 [Street scene] 

 204 [Court House] 

 205 [Aerial view with young girl in foreground] 

Mrs. J. A. Miller October 8, 1913 

 206 [Harvest scene] 

 207 [Harvest scene] 

J. T. Arrasmith Nov 3, 1911 

 208 At Martha Washington rock 

 209 [A man and a woman] 

 210 [Same man and woman from #209 plus two more women] 

 211 [Man on crutches] 

 212 [Boy and dog] 

 213 [Three women] 

 214 [Same as #213] 

Jack Molin June 6, 1912 

 215 [View of church from across river] 

 216 [City view] 

 217 [Theatre] 

 218 [Construction scene] 

 219 [Inside King's Bookstore] 

Enclosed with a letter to A. E. King from Mrs. J. T. Arrasmith November 1, 1911 

 220 [Two women] 

 221 [Man and woman in front of a house or building] 

 222 Letter, Arrasmith to King November 1, 1911 

Scope and Contents note

Holograph signed, with envelope.

 223 Whitman County House nd 

Scope and Contents note

Mounted stereo negative.

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